The new MNLINK discovery interface was introduced on Monday, September 19 after more than two years of preparation starting with the RFP process in the summer of 2014. The new patron front-end features easy-to-use options for searching statewide online resources as well as the physical holdings of MNLINK libraries.
The new MNLINK provides easier access to the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) than the old MNLINK. No login is required to access ELM content because we're using the existing proxy authentication.
The Minitex Delivery Unit tries to balance getting materials shipped efficiently while paying attention to how we pack items so they are not damaged in transit.
During a recent interlibrary loan meeting held in Wisconsin, Christine Barth, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, revealed some interesting pet peeves shared by libraries throughout the state. Do you see any of your pet peeves on the list?
If you attended a fall library conference, we hope you had a chance to talk to Minitex Resource Sharing staff or to stop by the Minitex booth. Several Resource Sharing staff members presented sessions at the North Dakota Library Association and the Minnesota Library Association conferences this year.
This year's Public Library Node meeting included sessions on a variety of topics from the introduction of the new MNLINK public search interface to information about resource sharing trends and the recently revised interlibrary loan code. We also had a wonderful small group breakout conversation about a timely topic in libraries, staff turnover.
Josh Steans, from UW-Stout interlibrary loan attended the 25th Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference as a “GoodWiLS Ambassador.” WiLS, our library network neighbor to the east, sponsors a WiLS library staff member to attend an event and make a report back to the WiLS community on what they learned.
Katie Birch, OCLC Executive Director, Resource Sharing, Global Product Management, has released some new information on OCLC's new ILL product which is intended to move ILLiad users from the client/server environment to the cloud.