Technical Services Committee Meeting: November 1, 2017

Conference Call

Members attending:  
Jessica Grzegorski (Newberry Library); Mary Konkel (College of DuPage); Joelen Pastva (Northwestern University); Adrienne Radzvickas (Lincoln College); Nicole Ream-Sotomayor (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Sandy Roe (Illinois State University); Cynthia Romanowski (chair, Governors State University); Chris Schmit (National-Louis University) 

Members absent: 
Gayle Porter (Chicago State University)

CARLI staff attending: 
Jen Masciadrelli; Nicole Swanson


Committee Announcements: 

  • Chris will soon be out for a month or so on parental leave (Congratulations, Chris!)
  • The search at ISU for a music librarian failed, and the search for a Cataloging/Acquisitions unit head is on hold.
  • The search at GSU for a science librarian has been completed; Cynthia will be posting a job for a staff cataloger.

CARLI reports:

  • Jen is focused on getting new I-Share libraries up and running.
  • Registration for the CARLI Annual meeting is closing soon.


  • October minutes were approved with a minor edit 
  • The committee approved slides covering last year’s annual project, which will be presented at the CARLI annual meeting by Mary and Joelen
  • We will not put on a forum this year
  • Annual project webinars: 
    • All webinars should incorporate both VuFind 0.6 and VuFind 3
    • Webinars can vary in length, but should be no more than 30 minutes
  • Meeting adjourned at 11:19


  • Annual Project:
    • We have not received any additional responses to the survey sent to the Public Services and SFX committees
    • Members have selected at least one webinar to work on
    • A test server of VuFind 3 is available with data from June (see “Where is VuFind3” for information on logging in to your test server on the VuFind 3 FAQ page.
    • All webinars should incorporate both VuFind 0.6 and VuFind 3
      • The “first” webinar can be a high-level overview of the differences between the 2 versions of VuFind, with subsequent webinars showing how the data displays differently and can be used differently in the 2 versions
      • Both versions of VuFind are live, so any changes made to the database will display by the next day in both versions
    • Everyone should continue thinking about the areas they’ve signed up for and continue/begin adding content to individual sections
    • Once ideas are developed, we should begin writing scripts for the webinars

Tasks assigned:

  • Everyone: keep looking at your annual project areas and brainstorming topics; start figuring out what the first webinar may be for next time
  • Everyone: review the VuFind 3 FAQ.

Meeting dates and deadlines:

Next Meeting (Conference Call): December 6, 2017 at 10:00-11:30 AM

Respectfully submitted,
Nicole Ream-Sotomayor