Meeting Minutes

Minutes - LoT WG Meeting
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM December 14, 2010

The LoT Working Group convened in an online meeting using a Web-based teleconferencing tool called Web Go-To-Meeting. Edward Smith (Executive Director, Abilene Library Consortium) chaired the meeting and the following working group members attended:

Judith Hiott, Chief, Houston Area Library Automated Network
Larry Koeninger, Library System Director, Bryan + College Station Public Library System
Janice Sutton, Director of Learning Resources, Trinity Valley Community College
Jeannie Colson, Distance Education Librarian, Lee College
Betty Thompson Technology Librarian, Taylor Public Library
Tracy Holtman, Head of Library Automation Services, Tarleton State University
Margaret Sylvia, Assistant Director for Technical Services, St. Mary's University
Chris Peterson, Library Liaison Officer, Amigos
Kevin Marsh Network Services Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Beverley Shirley Director, Library Resource Sharing, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The meeting began with a welcome from the chair and an introduction for new member Larry Koeninger. Other agenda items were as follows:

1. Updates:
a) Widgets- LoT Program Manager Kevin Marsh and Jeanie Colson discussed a special search widget created for Lee College, using JavaScript to customize the widget in order to narrow searches to materials appropriate for a particular class. This technique will appear in the next update of the online documentation for LoT widget capabilities. It was also noted that the upcoming transition to LoT 3.0 will require minor changes in all existing widgets.

b) Navigator - The LoT WG is watching closely for signs of progress with the OCLC Navigator Metasearch tool. At this time the tool still does not support library-specific authorization so it can provide no usage statistics, an essential feature.

c) Communication plan - Progress was reported on several aspects of the plan (as seen at /sites/default/files/public/tslac/lot/lot/programdocs/CommPlan.doc). A map of NETLS libraries is available at as an example of what might be done in the future to integrate maps with LoT. A contract is under consideration with the UT College of Communications to fund a student video contest that would produce digital videos about discovery tools and why they are important. A PowerPoint presentation on using LoT for reference was presented at NETLS on Nov. 30th and will be available soon as a Webinar. New posters, postcard-flyers and bookmarks are in production for distribution to all public and participating academic libraries in TexShare.

2. Video production
Chris Petersen had pointed out the work of CommonCraft at as an example of using video to explain complex ideas. CommonCraft or their affiliates were discussed as a potential source for future video purchases.

3. TLA program - Judith Hiott is facilitating a program at TLA entitled "Beyond Federated Searching" with Marshall Breeding, Anne Mitchell(UH) and Kevin Marsh (TSLAC)

4. The bulk of the meeting time was spent in a feature-by-feature review of the "beta" version of the new Library of Texas software. The working group brainstormed a variety of suggestions and ideas, many of which will be included in the initial release of this software, scheduled for the end of January 2011.

5. Future meeting plan - The next LoT WG meeting will be held in person rather than on-line, and will be scheduled for a day adjacent to the TLA conference in Austin this April in order to minimize travel costs.

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