ILL Committee Liaison Report--Research Libraries Group

2002 Annual Meeting
June 2002

1) Ariel

A new patch which provides more functionality and stability for users of the Minolta PS3000 scanner is now available. Please email Ariel technical support at Ariel@notes.rlg.org for instructions.

In addition, a new version of Ariel for all 3.X users will soon be available for download. New features and improvements will include a significant enhancement of Ariel's ability to function behind a firewall, the generation of an expanded and customizable copyright notice page that goes out with each document, support for the Windows XP operating system, and improved interaction between the Mintolta PS7000 and Ariel.

The Ariel Users Group meeting, open to all interested parties, will take place on Sunday, June 16, from 7-9pm at the Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park, Legacy Ballroom C.

2) RLG's ILL Manager

This spring RLG added to the impressive list of other ILL systems with which ILL Manager interoperates in production. CISTI (National Resource Council, Canada) and NAVIS (National Library of Canada) are the most recent legacy systems with which ILL Manager users are trading requests, joining RLIN ILL, ARTISO (British Library), and OCLC ILL. RLG also completed testing with Fretwell-Downing's distributed VDX system and with Viet Nam's Vebrary system. We previously completed testing with Docline's forthcoming ISO ILL gateway and will be interoperating as soon as the NLM system goes into production. We are always interested in hearing from other developers about setting up interoperability testing with their ILL management products. For more information see http://www.rlg.org/illman/isoipig.html.

Update 1 to ILL Manager 1.2 became available for download in May. This update includes a new version of the Eureka Z39.50 bibliographic searching client (more about this below), some enhancements for interoperating with OCLC, and lots of improvements suggested by users.

The ILL Manager Users Group meeting, open to all interested parties, takes place on Sunday, June 16, from 10:30am ? 12:30pm, at the Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park, Legacy Ballroom D.

3) New Eureka, now with Open URL

In February RLG introduced a new version of Eureka, our Web-based search interface for both novice and experienced users that provides access to an array of unique information resources from RLG. Besides a new look, we've introduced changes that will save you time (fewer mouse clicks, fewer screens), reduce jargon and improve clarity, follow Web norms when feasible, and help users get in, find and use what they need, and get out. (Note that these changes affect the RLG Union Catalog and related catalogs, the English Short Title Catalogue, the Hand Press Book Database, SCIPIO, and the 13 RLG Citation Resources databases. They do not affect Archival Resources or The AMICO Library? from RLG.)

In April an enhancement with tremendous potential also went into the new system: OpenURL. Now any institution with an OpenURL resolver can have its users' Eureka searches produce links from RLG Library and Citation Resources to full-text online materials, print holdings, and other extended information held at that institution. Staff at New York University, University of California's California Digital Library, University of Chicago, and Yale University were beta-testers of the way OpenURL in Eureka works for their communities. Sample tests with institutions using OpenURL with RLG Citation Resources databases show links to local resources in as many as 80% of Eureka search results.

See http://www.rlg.org/eureka.html for more information and free demo access to a Eureka citation database.

4) RLG Union Catalog on the Web

In March the Mellon Foundation awarded RLG a substantial grant for implementation of a new information service that uses the RLG Union Catalog as the starting point for revealing deep content to the world of Web users. The challenge is to offer a discovery interface that rivals the intuitive ease of a Google search and takes advantage of contemporary information-seeking skills. The new service should also link from the wealth of information in the catalog out to the best of the Internet, getting users the material they seek, in any format. RLG laid the basis for this work through investigating how data mining techniques and other manipulations might be applied to the bibliographic data to create rich access points. Currently, project team members are transforming bibliographic records into a wholly new data structure and doing user testing to determine how college students may take to such access points before interface design begins. RLG expects to introduce a pilot service based at several RLG-member institutions in early 2003.

5) New York office

This summer RLG will open a regional office in New York City, placing staff closer to member institutions in the eastern half of the US and in Western Europe. The effort will be headed by program officer Nancy Elkington, who spent the past five years establishing an RLG presence in London.

6) RLG Booth # 955

ALA Attendees please visit RLG at booth number 955 in the Exhibits Hall.

Prepared by
Dennis Massie,
dxm@notes.rlg.org