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December 1998 Minutes


 DECEMBER 21, 1998

Present: Lowell Wenger (Chair), Richard Slaughter (Co-Chair), Patricia Breivik (Dean), Dan Drucker, James Moseley, Martin E. Newcomb, Marilyn Oermann, Georgia Reid, Robert Holley (Secretary)

1. Lowell Wenger, Chair, convened the meeting. 
The minutes were accepted as revised.  Future minutes will be distributed electronically to members
at least one week prior to the next meeting.  Bob Holley will send a test message to the ULC
Discussion List.

2. Dean Patricia Breivik said that she wishes to use the Committee as a sounding board and to have the Committee provide input on substantive issues.  She encouraged the Committee members to bring up concerns from the faculty.

3. Based upon the suggestions made by the University Library Committee at its last meeting, the Powerpoint presentation on collection development has been shortened and modified somewhat to increase its effectiveness.  It will be presented to the Facilities and Support Services Committee of the Academic Senate.  Wayne State University is a member of the Association of Research Libraries group that is looking into the issue of library resources in the electronic era.

4. Jeff Trzeciak, Assistant Library Director for Systems, gave a preview of the new Horizon system.  He showed the key features of this Web-based system and emphasized the fact that each site has many options for customization.  In response to a question, Dean Breivik explained that the University of Detroit Mercy was the first library to implement the system because it was the right size to test features without being so large as to have the complications of a site like Wayne State University or the Detroit Public Library.  Horizon will become operational at Wayne State University around April 1, 1999; it will immediately replace the old system.

 When asked for advice about how to introduce Horizon to faculty, staff, and students, the following points were made:

Horizon will be simple to use for those familiar with Web browsers;

 ð An online tutorial should be available;

 ð Information should not oversell full text aspects but should include a list of full text journals;

 ð Users should have a way to forward comments on the system;

 ð Access to Horizon’s special databases depends upon IP addresses and brings up the issue of dial in access for valid users;

 ð Library liaisons should meet with their departments to explain the new system; and

 ð The Library should have a policy on instructors linking their home pages to the new system.

5. Dean Breivik described the initiative to develop the Southeast Regional Information Hub. This initiative would encourage organizations to provide information on their activities with an emphasis upon wellness and economic development. Personnel at the Medical School and the College of Nursing are enthusiastic about the concept. The Hub will provide links to established information providers such as SEMCOG and will package information from smaller organizations. The Committee asked to see a list of community groups that have already been identified and to see the budget estimates for the initiative.

6. The next meeting will take place on January 25 from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Dean’s Conference Room. The main agenda item will be copyright and faculty. The group agreed that no time is perfect for all committee members and that some may have difficulty in attending all meetings.

Prepared by Robert P. Holley
January 15, 1999


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