The Windham Free Library is now LIVE on Evergreen

The Windham Free Library is the fifth library in Bibliomation’s Development Partner project to go live on Evergreen. The library began circulating items on the BibliOak Evergreen system this morning!

Windham Free joins the Beacon Falls, Hebron, Lebanon, and Sprague libraries on BibliOak.

To view the Windham Free Library catalog, you can go to:

http://acorn.biblio.org/windham

I scream, you scream


We all scream for Evergreen! Oh, and ice cream…

Bibliomation members are invited to an ice cream social at Middlebury Public Library. We’ll hear from BibliOak members about their experiences with Evergreen and the open source team will demo some exciting Evergreen features.

When: August 10 10:00 a.m.
Where: Middlebury Public Library

We’ll start with the Q+A with the development partners, then we’ll have ice cream during the demo!

You supply your questions, we’ll supply the hot fudge!

RSVP to Joan at jshamato@biblio.org

CC image from D Sharon Pruitt

Evergreen Enhancements for K-12 Schools, Academics

Bibliomation is partnering with four other Evergreen sites to sponsor some enhancements that will benefit academic libraries and K-12 schools.

The enhancements will allow Evergreen libraries to apply hard due dates and end-of-semester dates against specific patron profile groups.

The four partners working with Bibliomation are:

Sage Library System (Eastern Oregon)
Kirtland Community College (Michigan)
MassLNC (Massachusetts)
Project Conifer (Ontario, Canada)

The enhancements will be developed by Equinox, Inc. A cost and time estimate should be provided to Bibliomation and its partners in the coming week.

For more information, you can contact me at terlaga{at}biblio{dot}org.

Amy Terlaga
Assistant Director, User Services
Bibliomation, Inc.

And Then There Were Three …

The Jonathan Trumbull Library, in Lebanon, is now live on Bibliomation’s Evergreen system. They came up on May 18th and are happily chugging along.

Jonathan Trumbull is the third development partner to be brought up on BibliOak. They join the Beacon Falls Public Library and the Douglas Library of Hebron.

To see their web catalog, click here.

To read the Equinox press release, click here.

Evergreen 2010 Conference: Acquisitions

The following is a post from Mary Llewellyn, Bibliomation’s Database Services Manager and Lead Cataloger. She summarizes her notes from the Evergreen Acquisitions Development update, “Evergreen Acquisitions Roundup,” with Bill Erickson of Equinox.
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The session that stands out for me was the Evergreen Acquisitions Roundup, presented by Bill Erickson of Equinox. I was very impressed with the direction the acquisitions module is taking. Many of the features our acq users currently have in Horizon are being developed in Evergreen, including the ability to upload order files from vendor resources such as Baker & Taylor’s Title Source or Ingram’s iPage. We’ll have the ability to define the tag and subfields that the information is coming from, so we won’t have to do much reconfiguring on the vendors’ sites for our libraries.

A feature that we don’t currently have that I think will be welcomed by our libraries is the ability to send EDI order files to the vendor from the Evergreen client itself. Currently the libraries using EDIFACT have to download the purchase order to their desktop, then send the file to the vendor using a third-party FTP client.

Another new feature is the ability of patrons to place requests for purchase that the library staff can review and either accept or reject. Patrons will be allowed to place title level holds on their own requests, and the system can send notifications to the patron about the status of the request.

Another feature that has me very excited touches on the cataloging module. They are developing the ability to have different MARC import profiles, and to designate certain tags to be kept when an imported record merges with/overlays an existing record.

The Acquisitions module will be included in Evergreen 2.0, which is coming out in “alpha” late summer 2010.

Growing Evergreen 2010 International Conference

The Bibliomation team just got back from our first Evergreen conference in Grand Rapids, MI, and we are all very jazzed from it, very jazzed, indeed. As I said to my boss, our CEO, Mike Simonds, “This was the best conference I’ve ever attended.” Sure, there was the usual stuff of conferences – the networking, the keynote speakers, the ice cream breaks …. But what really stood out as different was the overall sense of collective enthusiasm I experienced. Nobody (-okay, one person, but I’m not sure what she was doing there in the first place-) was down on the software. I heard no wet blanket, “Oh, why doesn’t the system do this?” talk, something I’ve been listening to for YEARS now at every other ILS vendor conference I’ve attended over these past fourteen years as a professional librarian.

Taking Ownership
I’ve thought some on this and I think that the reason why this conference was so fantastically enjoyable was that everyone there seemed to get that we were all in this together. The “Us v. Them” mentality did not present itself during the three days that I participated in roundtable discussions, impromptu meetings, user programs, and casual conversations with my fellow attendees.

Also, I discovered that this open source ILS community is rife with some amazingly talented, inspired, passionate individuals, who seem to share the sensibility that united we stand so let’s get together and put on a show. I saw no egos on display – everyone seemed REALLY cool. When I asked Mike Rylander of Equinox why he didn’t seem to have an ego the size of Toledo, he laughed it off in that “Aw, shucks” way he and the rest of the Equinox crew have about them.

Get Involved
Librarians love to share. For many of us, that’s why we got into the profession in the first place. I have never been prouder to be a librarian than I am right now. I love the fact that I can help shape this growing Evergreen community in meaningful ways. For instance, I have volunteered to serve on the Evergreen reports taskforce and the governing committee for the embryonic, but quickly evolving Evergreen Foundation. Both of these opportunities came out of this year’s conference.

I cannot wait for Austin in 2011. I hope to see you there.
Jump in. The water is more than fine. It is outstanding!

–Amy
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Amy Terlaga
Assistant Director, User Services
terlaga{at}biblio{dot}org