Subcommittee Charge

SUL PSPC OPAC SUBCOMMITTEE
Charge and Activities

The Online Public Access Catalog Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Public Services Planning Committee. As such, it is a recommending body to the PSPC. Communication will flow both ways to facilitate implementation and enhancement of the catalog.
CHARGE: Identify opportunities for designing and enhancing the interface and usability of the 11 State University Libraries (SUL) catalogs. Collaborate with FCLA staff and other appropriate groups as needed to implement changes and enhancements.

Subcommittee Activities

I. CURRENT PUBLIC CATALOG IMPLEMENTATION
1. Examine user interface options and review current implementation of these options in the SUL catalogs.
2. When SUL-wide interface decisions are needed, facilitate broad discussion throughout the SUL.
3. Help insure that known functional or presentation problems are communicated throughout the SUL.
4. Work closely with FCLA librarians and programmers to explore new technology that enhances usability of the catalogs.
5. Work closely with catalogers and technical services representatives through the Technical Services Planning Committee to understand and better use the underlying foundation of the catalog.
6. TSPC and OPAC will utilize liaisons to enhance communication between the committees.

II. OTHER POSSIBLE ENHANCEMENTS
1. Review other catalog implementations to identify ideas for possible changes, additions or longer-term re-design.
2. Monitor evolving OPAC developments that may allow for enhanced presentation and usability.
3. Monitor other tools that allow for connecting to/from disparate systems to enhance catalog content and availability.
4. Facilitate broad discussions about possible enhancement proposals.
5. Collaborate with TSPC, PSPC, FCLA and other appropriate groups to ensure feasibility and desire for enhancements.

III. LOCAL ROLE OF OPAC SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER
Each OPAC Subcommittee member is expected to play a primary role at his or her respective institution in communicating with colleagues about SUL catalog issues. These include:
• Facilitate needed local discussions to help make decisions that will apply SUL-wide.
• Test system functionality and report problems identified locally.
• Share local experiences, discoveries, and decisions with colleagues on the OPAC Subcommittee.