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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, 2020

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


The CLAS team responded to 69 Aleph Rx submissions and 10 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in May.

COVID-19 Support

Even though CLAS is working remotely, we continue to be available to respond to your support requests.

Preparing for Reopenings

Much of our support work in June was dedicated to determine how best to configure Aleph to meet the needs of USMAI libraries as they begin to plan various phases of re-enabling access to their physical collections. Basically, we’re asking Aleph to do the opposite of what we set it up to do! This requires a degree of coordination and uniformity to the ways in which Aleph is configured for each library. To that end, we have created a set of standardized statuses that libraries can use as they make their reopening plans. We believe these provide a good deal of flexibility for libraries to accomplish their reopening goals without having unintended consequences for other USMAI libraries.

(Note: The Council of Library Directors (CLD) approved CLAS's Aleph Configurations for Reopening Scenarios at its June meeting.)

EZproxy Now in Data Warehouse!

In case you missed it, there is a new reporting topic in the Data Warehouse. The “EZproxy Sessions Snapshot” reporting topic is now available. Read more about this new reporting topic and the reporting environment’s new UI on the Portal blog.

OPAC Redesign for Accessibility is Coming to Aleph TEST

The initial set of changes to improve the OPAC’s accessibility and modernize the user interface are nearing completion. In July we will be working to deploy this in Aleph TEST for staff to review in preparation for updating the Aleph LIVE OPAC.

(Note: See related blog post, OPAC Design Changes Scheduled for Aleph TEST and LIVE.)

Marcive Authority Control Service Implementation

Preparations to implement the new authority control service are underway with the majority of the work expected to happen in July and August. Linda Seguin has been working with the MS to arrange testing/review by the USMAI cataloging community once we receive the backfile of processed records. We expect to send the backfile in mid-July. As part of this project, we will be refreshing the Aleph TEST database.