LARS (5 messages) Marcia Tuttle 14 Aug 2000 13:29 UTC

>From mh8498a@AMERICAN.EDU Mon Aug 14 09:26:05 2000
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 18:38:53 -0400
From: Mark <mh8498a@AMERICAN.EDU>
Subject: Re: LARS (Susan Andrews)

We've been using LARS since Jan. 2000. Previously we used ABLE. With ABLE
we sent disks, with LARS we ftp. I prefer ftp'ing because we are usually
running a bit late on delivery/pickup day and ftp'ing allows me to deal
with sending the data when I have time, like after the truck has left. In
our case it can even be sent the next day. The bindery won't get to using
it for at least a day or two. It may involve an extra step more than the
disk, but the freedom from trying to have it ready with the shipment is
worth it. Plus I don't have to worry about keeping track of the disks.

Mark Hemhauser
American University Library--Serials Dept.

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 12:18:12 -0500
> From: Susan Andrews <Susan_Andrews@TAMU-COMMERCE.EDU>
> Subject: LARS
> We will soon be starting to use LARS with the Heckman Bindery and I have
> one question for those who have been using LARS.  We have the choice of
> sending a disk or ftping each shipment.  Does anyone who has used LARS
> a preference for either method?  If so, why do you have this preference?
> appreciate any input on this subject.
> Thanks in advance,
> Susan Andrews
> Head, Serials Librarian
> Texas A&M University-Commerce
> P.O. Box 3011
> Commerce, TX 75429-3011
> (903)886-5733

>From ksking@UPS.EDU Mon Aug 14 09:26:05 2000
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 16:12:58 -0700
From: Kim King <ksking@UPS.EDU>
Subject: Re: LARS (Susan Andrews)


We just started using the LARS system here.  Having only used it once, I
may not be the best commentator.  We chose to use the FTP method.  It
seems to work fine from my end (after realizing the bindery really did
need the info. FTP'd to them, and hurrying to have the FTP program
"re-installed"), and the bindery doesn't seem to have any trouble with it.
It seems to me that FTP-ing should be less messy and/or quicker.  No need
to find a disk, copy the info, and prepare it for shipping.  Once you've
FTP'd it off, you don't have to think about it again.

Kim King
Serials Specialist
Collins Memorial Library
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA

>From kohler@LAW.UCLA.EDU Mon Aug 14 09:26:05 2000
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 16:08:06 -0700
From: "Kohler, Andy" <kohler@LAW.UCLA.EDU>
Subject: Re: LARS (Susan Andrews)

Hi Susan -

We actually do something different.  The "disk" method just writes the
files to the directory of your choice - A:\ by default, but we save to a
directory on hard disk.  Then we zip the files using TurboZIP (or WinZIP,
or the compressor of your choice) and email the single resulting file to
our bindery.

If your bindery supports the FTP method, that may be their preference,
but our bindery doesn't offer that option, and we find emailing easier
and more reliable than bundling a disk with our shipments.

Hope this helps.

Andy Kohler / UCLA Law Library / (310) 206-3744

>From tgatti@CSC.ALBANY.EDU Mon Aug 14 09:26:05 2000
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 07:46:31 -0400
From: Timothy Gatti <tgatti@CSC.ALBANY.EDU>
Subject: Re: LARS (Susan Andrews)

Susan (and others)-

We FTP all of our shipments.  It's easier for resolving errors (they can
look at the file immediately, you can resend immediately, etc.
immediately).  And you don't end up having somebody who says "Oh, we need
to keep each shipment on its own disk and keep every disk for the last 30


Timothy H. Gatti
Head, Database maintenance, processing and bindery
University at Albany, State University of New York
University Libraries B-35
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
518-442-3889 (phone)
518-442-3630 (fax)

>From jf@WPI.EDU Mon Aug 14 09:26:05 2000
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 07:58:19 -0400
From: "Fallon, Judith L." <jf@WPI.EDU>
Subject: LARS

I have been using the FTP transfer for about a year now. Before that I
used the disk. The only difference that I have found between them is that
by using FTP I don't have to remember to send the disk along with the
shipment. Other than that the amount of time it takes to close out a
shipment is the same. Judy