Bibliomation’s OverDrive libraries recently decided to start purchasing HarperCollins titles. There was some soul-searching, some serious contemplation, and some discussion. More than that, there was Jessica Venturo’s analysis. Jessica looked at the cost per circulation of ebooks by various publishers, comparing bestsellers and taking their predicted future popularity into account. A must-view!
Download the Powerpoint: HarperCollinsRedux
Bibliomation is fortunate to have Debbie Daiss on board as our Business Manager/CFO. Debbie holds a degree in Accounting and Marketing from Georgia Southern University and has worked in finance at both businesses and nonprofits.
- You’ve been in business and accounting for 21 years. What sorts of organizations have you worked for and what have been some of your more interesting jobs?
I have worked for non-profits, property management and retail/wholesale companies. I was the Business Manager for Illinois Park and Recreation Association – not just a numbers job. I helped run events at Chicago Bears, White Sox, Cubs, and Bulls games. It was a great job for a sports fan
- Accounting, like librarianship, has a very specific public image that’s not always…shall we say, glamorous. What do you wish people knew about accounting that they usually don’t?
Accounting is often like solving a puzzle- you have to put the pieces together to come up with the complete picture. When the numbers don’t balance you have to keep trying the pieces to see what fits.
- A lot of librarians profess to being math-phobic. Were you always good with numbers?
I have always loved playing with numbers and solving math problems.
- You’ve been on board for a few months – have you discovered anything that surprised you about libraries?
Yes, libraries require a great deal of information sharing to keep current with our ever changing society. They have to keep up with current events in healthcare, technology, and tax changes, to just name a few. They offer lectures, history lessons, social events, and book clubs all on limited budgets. In order to do this I have seen how they share information and I have been amazed at the number of responses to questions and offers of advice.
Bibliomation is sad to bid farewell to Melissa Lefebvre, our Evergreen Systems Manager. Melissa came to Biblio in 2004 as the Web Services Administrator. She was the project manager for the BibliOak project and oversaw our migration to Evergreen. She is leaving to join ByWater Solutions as Operations Manager. Melissa will be working with their Migrations Manager on project management for migrations (something we know she’s awfully good at), as well as overseeing support and their ticketing system. She’ll continue her reign as Queen of the Spreadsheets and project manager extraordinaire. ByWater was founded by another Biblio alum, Brendan Gallagher, and is based in Santa Barbara, CA. Melissa will be learning the Koha (another open source ILS) ropes in her new role and we know she will do great things. She will be missed!
Headquarters staff meet weekly to discuss all things Evergreen. Our member libraries should already see one of the results of a recent Evergreen meeting. Connecticut’s Nutmeg Awards now include a High School category and the Nutmeg committee plans to add an elementary school category next year, so things were getting tight in our catalog link bar. Melissa made a Nutmeg Awards page, so all of the Nutmeg award could be accounted for from a single link in the catalog navigation. A small change that makes a big difference!
Bibliomation has reviewed the quote submissions from the Evergreen developers and based on our priorities and the available funds for this fiscal year, we will be working with four different developers on thirteen of our original twenty-eight enhancement requests.
The four Evergreen developers are Thomas Berezansky, Equinox, Catalyst IT Services, and EDOCEO.
To see the full list of enhancements that we will be moving forward with, go to http://biblio.org/2012/10/10/evergreen-enhancements/
If you have any questions about any of our enhancements, you can contact Amy Terlaga at terlaga AT biblio DOT org.