The MNLINK Gateway Operations Committee met on Thursday, May 5 at the Hennepin County Brookdale Library. At the meeting, it was decided to discontinue use of the term “gateway” in connection with MNLINK. The interface is now officially named “MNLINK.”
Minitex recently hosted three events related to the transition of MNLINK to the WorldCat Discovery interface for end-user requesting. Participants learned about the OCLC Reclamation/Batchloading process, the importance of that process for the system to work properly.
The 25th Annual Minitex ILL Conference was held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Saint Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. There were around 180 attendees from the Minitex region. The keynote, "What's Next for Libraries" was delivered by Lee Rainie, Director of Internet, Science and Technology at Pew Research Center.
The annual Minitex Public Library Node meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Hennepin County Library, Brookdale.
Whether interlibrary loan (ILL) should include textbooks in the scope of their borrowing and lending policies has been an issue for many years.In the past, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities ILL Borrowing office cancelled requests for textbooks. In effect, our office spent years intentionally denying service to our users. While we were busy cancelling textbook requests manually, patrons were borrowing them anyway through our direct request programs. Both the workflow of ILL and our users’ needs were pointing toward a much-needed change.
Beginning July 1, 2016, the resource sharing agreement between Minitex and South Dakota libraries will be changed. Minitex will retain a resource sharing relationship with the 12 academic institutions in South Dakota.
Jennie Shaw will be presenting a poster on a digital exhibit of the John Philip Borger Comic Book Collection at the Minnesota eLearning Summit on July 27.
Walter Library was one of over twenty buildings designed by architect Clarence H. Johnston (1859-1936) for the University of Minnesota.
The University Library Twin Cities has moved about 62,000 volumes from Wilson Library and the Health Sciences Library to off-site storage. These titles have been identified as "low use."
Working with University Library staff, Minitex now has an efficient way to retrieve these materials
Beginning June 1st Minitex shifted four locations from overnight delivery to On-Demand service. This is a service provided by Alliance Courier for Minitex locations that have fewer items in their daily delivery.
At the Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference on May 10th, Lee Rainie from the Pew Research Center touched on a statistic that caught my interest. Across the nation, requests for physical items in public and academic libraries have had a steady decrease over the past 4 years. Rainie also noted that those numbers are beginning to level out.
My most experienced student just told me she ordered her cap and gown. This is a bittersweet time of year; I really enjoy working with my student employees, but I don't get to keep them after they graduate. They inevitably move on to "real jobs," though once in a while that turns out to be joining the regular Minitex staff. Others may end up in related fields, or stay in touch on social media, so I don't have to miss them entirely.
OCLC will discontinue its support and testing of Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 9 and 10 with its WorldCat Discovery and WorldShare applications beginning July 1, 2016.