UK/UTK Information Alliance
Suggested Next Steps
November 4, 1996 Meeting
Cumberland Lodge, Williamsburg, KY
Access & Delivery
- Get involved in the copyright reform movement. (There is not
much input from librarians and scholars.)
- Keep up with and try to influence standards development.
- Refuse to buy non-standard products.
- Consider archival/long-term access.
- Z39.50 and future developments.
- “Digital Esperanto” for data formats to assure long-term
access to accumulating data files.
- Anticipate the need for upgrading our infrastructure.
- Remote access - single ID that needs to be defined consistently.
- Push for standards.
- Look for opportunities for collaboration with a Z39.50 catalog
- Explore user authentication.
- Minimum competencies for staff.
- Reaching Users.
- Work with vendors on user interfaces.
- Work together on beta-test projects (KR/Dialog Web, for
- Integrating with instruction/research faculty - providing
- Share electronic resources/information technology proposals/training
materials (printing systems, SUMO training) between the groups.
- Keep UK informed of work with JSTOR and ERL.
- UTK CBT to HTML (grant possibilities?).
- Send UK Graduate Assistant program information to UTK.
- Joint prototype test for common interface to electronic data
(Ex. SiteSearch tool as common interface to the catalog, ERL,
- Discuss negotiations for ownership of electronic data for
groups vs. leasing. (Note: ASERL to negotiate ownership/lease
without worrying about loss of access after canceling license.)
- User wants:
- Intelligent/interactive catalog, i.e., “seamless”.
- Function at several levels: expert scholar vs. “any citation
will do” / “just give me nnn articles” or information of
a particular topic.
Collections & Preservation
- Magnetic media - Identify what needs saving and put together
a conference or workshop. Share expertise.
- Collaborative preservation. Review the other site’s “lost
- Work on strategies to reallocate the budget for preservation.
- Outsourcing. Set quality control standards with vendors (labels,
- UTK should consider UK reprographics for preservation microfilming.
At the conclusion of the meeting Gail went over some basic ways
in which we could work together:
- Share expertise.
- Joint funding of projects (e.g. grants).
- Collaborate on continuing education / staff development. (An
area for consideration here would be to look at how we are getting
our electronic resources now.)
- Co-develop training programs.
- Consortium purchases/licenses.
- Collaborative collection management.
- Look for ways to involve more staff.
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