Scheduled Changes in the BU Libraries

Limiting by EBooks

May 12th, 2010 in Changes.

Several months ago, we discovered that the value ( ‘@’ ) that was being used to designate ebooks in the MAT TYPE field in Millennium is not valid in Millennium and prevented us from being able to limit search results in the OPAC to ebooks. We recently selected a new value ( ‘v’ ) to designate ebooks in the MAT TYPE field.

Doug Payne worked with John Sitkin and Doreen Paci to make the required changes to allow limiting by ebooks in the catalog. They did a global update to change the old MAT TYPE value ‘@’ to the new value ‘v’. There is a small group of records that remain with the old value that we need to cleanup manually. John Sitkin and Doreen Paci will be working on those. Until they finish, the old value (now labeled EBOOKS-OLD) will remain as an option in MAT TYPE. This value is deprecated, though. The new value should be used from this point forward. Please communicate this change to those on your staff who catalog ebooks.

I want to thank Doug, John, and Doreen for their hard work to make this happen.

The Web OPAC has been modified to enable a user to limit a search by the new value. If you discover problems with it, please let me know.

Circulation Policy extended to 70 days

April 22nd, 2010 in Changes.

I am writing to brief you on proposed changes to loan periods that are driven by our participation in the BLC WorldCat Local project for resource sharing.
Sarah Struble has provided a detailed description of the agreement that is necessary to facilitate a consistent Consortium-wide program (included below).  The regular loan period would be extended from 56 days to 70 days (detail below).
The other change involves loan periods to facilitate the sharing of media material.  This impacts only libraries that would loan this format (which is totally in your control).  This is mostly informational, so you know what conditions will exist both for loans, and for the privileges that BU borrower’s will have.
Sarah has been in touch with the front line people on this, but I want to make sure we are all aware of the change.
If you have questions, please ask Sarah.