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"Stew of the Month" Provides Regular Updates on CLAS's Activities

DigiStew is the monthly blog for the Digital Services & Technologies (DST) division at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The Consortial Library Applications Support (CLAS) team is housed at UMCP and is its own department within DST.

The "Stew of the Month" provides regular updates on CLAS's activities.

Stew of the Month: June 2021

The following is excerpted from the most recent edition of DigiStew:


The CLAS team responded to 66 Aleph Rx submissions and 14 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in June.

Support Highlights

The following are a few highlights from our activities this month:

  • Troubleshot and reported an SFX error caused by an Ex Libris software upgrade.
  • Investigated permissions for Aleph inventory functionality to enable use by USMAI libraries.
  • Completed annual Patron Purge and Fiscal Year-End Rollover processes

CLAS continues to be available to respond to your support requests. Please use our regular support channels if you need any assistance.

New Ticketing System

Progress continues on the setup of the new USMAI Service Desk with the majority of work in June focused on bringing up Jira Service Management alongside Confluence (the USMAI Member Portal software) in the Libraries’ Kubernetes infrastructure. Both applications are now running in our quality assurance (QA) environment and going through further testing and setup to prepare for our production release. We are now planning a go-live for the USMAI Service Desk in September, after the start of the Fall semester.

ILS Migration Project

CLAS team members participated in meetings and activities of the Core Project Team. The team’s major effort was in pulling together a draft Current State Summary based on information provided by USMAI libraries. The goal of the Current State Summary is to inform potential vendors about the current state of USMAI’s operations and setup as they apply to the ILS, including unique structural aspects of USMAI, consortial and library operations that interact with the ILS, potential sources from which data will be loaded into the next ILS, and current and future integrations. The draft is now out for feedback from staff at all USMAI libraries.

New Data Warehouse Reports

Three new reports are now available in the Data Warehouse Reporting Environment:

  • Patron Purge Items Report
  • Retention Items with Lost, Missing, or Withdrawn IPSs Report
  • BIB Records with Invalid OCLC Numbers Report

Reports can be found in the Repository at Public -> Reports -> Collections (Current).