Annual Conference, June 23, 2012

MLA IB In Academic Libraries Discussion Group Minutes
Annual Conference, June 23, 2012
Anaheim, CA

 

Bibliography News: Barbara Chen

  1. Additions and enhancements:
    • Additional classification structures for subject authors: now allows for up to 5 subject author classifications, so no longer have to choose one classification over another
    • New template for pedagogy/profession
  1. 2012 Enhancements (coming in October)
          • Addition of Choice reviews
          • Addition of references (now adding Wiley-Blackwell, more coming in future)
          • Two new record types: Scholarly editions and Translations
          • “Website active” indicator: will allow limiting search to active websites only, for example
  1. Starting a new MLA internship program: the first intern begins right after ALA Annual
  2. MLA is up and running with Summon (Summon updates later in meeting)
  3. MLA News: MLA journals now supporting Open Access

Questions for Barbara

  • Will MLAIB add URLs for online journals?  Barbara: what happens when the URLs change, articles, move, publisher changes?
  • Is there a way to note that a journal is open access and online only? Barbara: There should already be a link to the main journal page

Folks should send issues and examples related to journals, links, etc. to Barbara – she gets things done!

Vendor Updates
Ebsco, Craig Brandt:

  1. Reported issues of subject headings not displaying has been fixed!
  2. Changes to facets:
          • Addition of record counts
          • “Language” is a new facet
          • All results are now incorporated (?)
          • New “Show more” view to select multiple facets
  1. Mobile:
          • Will automatically recognize mobile devices
          • Button to toggle between full and mobile views (for tablets and such)

Gale, Mary Onorato
In the process of unifying LRC and MLA home pages
New features/updates:

  • Relevance algorithm
  • Search assist & graphic search

Currently working with user for input
Beta released around mid-summer
Feedback encouraged – contact
Platform-wide update will address issues of linking out w/ SFX

Proquest, Sarah Brechner — filling in for John Pegum

  1. MLAIB on new platform: March 2012
  2. June 2012 update:
    • drop-down menu improvements
    • Looks up lists now show current labels
    • Can combine facets
    • Language name changing from abbreviated to full
  3. Still to do:
    • Data clean up: Country of Publication in publication directory
    • Name mapping for authors
  4. New features:
    • Set day of week for alerts
    • DB selection is improved: more prominent and can change with one click
    • Can set default search DB, bundle favorite search DBs
  5. Migration tips at www.proquest.com/go/migrationtips
  6. Will add Cambridge Companions to Literature Online, will be mapped to MLAIB
  7. Contact John with questions/comments:
    John Pegum, Product Manager, Literature, john.pegum@proquest.co.uk

Summon, John Law

  1. The role of MLA & discovery:
    • “MLA will enhance discovery for the researcher”
    • Provides an “information literacy” moment: Summon will recommend subject DBs like MLA and search results will link directly to MLA record
    • DB recommender: uses trigger words in Phase 1, Phase 2 will use “result set analysis” — the percentage of results relative to the whole
  2. Will optimize use of MLA via discovery in Summon
    • Increased usage of MLA among traditional and non-traditional users
    • Enhanced visibility and perceived need by providing usage credit for MLA stats

Note taker: D. Childress

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