Open Source Integrated Library System

March 22, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.12.0 is released

The Evergreen community is pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.12.  The release is available on the Evergreen downloads page.

With this release, we strongly encourage the community to start using the new web client on a trial basis in production. All current Evergreen functionality is available in the web client with the exception of serials and offline circulation. The web client is scheduled to be available for full production use with the September 3.0 release.

Other notable new features and enhancements for 2.12 include:

  • Overdrive and OneClickdigital integration. When configured, patrons will be able to see ebook availability in search results and on the record summary page. They will also see ebook checkouts and holds in My Account.
  • Improvements to metarecords that include:
    • improvements to the bibliographic fingerprint to prevent the system from grouping different parts of a work together and to better distinguish between the title and author in the fingerprint;
    • the ability to limit the “Group Formats & Editions” search by format or other limiters;
    • improvements to the retrieval of e-resources in a “Group Formats & Editions” search;
    • and the ability to jump to other formats and editions of a work directly from the record summary page.
  • The removal of advanced search limiters from the basic search box, with a new widget added to the results page where users can see and remove those limiters.
  • A change to topic, geographic and temporal subject browse indexes that will display the entire heading as a unit rather than displaying individual subject terms separately.
  • Support for right-to-left languages, such as Arabic, in the public catalog. Arabic has also become a new officially-supported language in Evergreen.
  • A new hold targeting service supporting new targeting options and runtime optimizations to speed up targeting.
  • In the web staff client, the ability to apply merge profiles in the record bucket merge and Z39.50 interfaces.
  • The ability to display copy alerts when recording in-house use.
  • The ability to ignore punctuation, such as hyphens and apostrophes, when performing patron searches.
  • Support for recognition of client time zones,  particularly useful for consortia spanning time zones.

Evergreen 2.12 also requires PostgreSQL 9.3, with a recommendation that sites upgrade to PostgreSQL 9.4. It also requires the 2.5 release of OpenSRF. The full feature set for this release is available in the 2.12 Release Notes.

As with all Evergreen releases, many hands contributed to a successful release process. The release is a result of code, documentation, and translation contributions from 46 people representing 23 organizations in the community, along with financial contributions from nine Evergreen sites that commissioned development. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this release happen.

by Kathy Lussier at March 22, 2017 11:24 PM

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 22, 2017

Transiting Videodisc Update


Approximately 60% of the shipping cases have been delivered to the pilot libraries, and collection conversion is starting! In less than a week and as of this morning, over 26,000 dvds and blu-rays have been updated with the new circ mods and almost 400 videodisc hold transits captured!

If your library is interested sharing or if you have questions about how to handle these materials, please contact Anna!

Deadlines

  • The 2017 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference will be held on March 31, 2017 at the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Garrison. The final schedule has been posted on the Conference page. Registration closes tomorrow (March 23, 2017)! Please register now!
  • Executive and subcommittee ballots are due by May 12, 2017.
  • The 2017 Bylaws amendment votes are due by May 31, 2017.
  • The 2017 Ethics Audit closes on August 1, 2017.

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee met on March 21, 2017 at 10am at Greenwood Public Library. Subjects under discussion included the training manual, materials processing standards, an update to the patron account expiration notice, transit of damaged materials, and the pest procedures. The meeting was recorded and may be reviewed on YouTube.

The Executive Committee will hold their next meeting at the Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference. All interested staff are invited to attend.

Migration News

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library go live has been scheduled for May 3, 2017. There will be a modified cataloging freeze May 1-3, 2017 associated with this migration. Area libraries are invited to participate at the go-live!

See you in Covington!

Registration is open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. The conference will be held April 5-8, 2017 in Covington, KY.

by admin at March 22, 2017 03:52 PM

March 21, 2017

Evergreen community blog

OpenSRF 2.5.0 released

We are pleased to announce the release of OpenSRF 2.5.0, a message routing network that offers scalability and failover support for individual services and entire servers with minimal development and deployment overhead.

New features in OpenSRF 2.5.0 include:

  • Support for message chunking, i.e., breaking up large OpenSRF messages across multiple XMPP envelopes.
  • The ability to detect the time zone of client applications and include it in messages passed to the server.
  • Dispatch mode for method_lookup subrequests.
  • Example configuration files for using NGINX or HAProxy as a reverse proxy for HTTP, HTTPS, and WebSockets traffic. This can be useful for Evergreen systems that wish to use port 443 for both HTTPS and secure WebSockets traffic.

OpenSRF includes various other improvements as detailed in the release notes.

OpenSRF 2.5.0 will be the minimum version of OpenSRF required for the upcoming release of Evergreen 2.12.

To download OpenSRF, please visit the downloads page.

We would also like to thank the following people who contributed to the release:

  • Ben Shum
  • Bill Erickson
  • Chris Sharp
  • Dan Scott
  • Galen Charlton
  • Jason Etheridge
  • Jason Stephenson
  • Jeff Davis
  • Kathy Lussier
  • Mike Rylander
  • Remington Steed

by Galen Charlton at March 21, 2017 01:55 PM

March 14, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 14, 2017

Migration News

Please congratulate Washington Carnegie Public Library (WTONC) on their successful migration last week! Catalogers, thanks for your patience and please note that we have also already completed the associated de-dupe of bib records.

Please welcome our newest member, Ohio Township Public Library. Their application was approved unanimously by the Executive Committee via electronic ballot.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library go live has been scheduled for May 3, 2017. There will be a modified cataloging freeze May 1-3, 2017 associated with this migration. Area libraries are invited to participate at the go-live!

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee will meet on March 21, 2017 at 10am at Greenwood Public Library. All interested staff are invited to attend.

Look What’s Here!

We have received the shipping boxes and labels for the DVD transit program! We’re getting things sorted out and working on how best to get the boxes to everyone (they’re a bit awkward to ship in bulk as flat pack via INfoExpress). We’ll be dropping them off, handing them over at conference and meetings, and whatever else we can do get them to participating libraries in the coming weeks. Additional information will be released to the Support listserv.

Conference Season is almost here!

Registration is open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. The conference will be held April 5-8, 2017 in Covington, KY.

The 2017 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference will be held on March 31, 2017 at the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Garrison. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please register now (a link to a list of session descriptions is available on the form)!

by admin at March 14, 2017 03:35 PM

March 08, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen Community Survey

Once again Spring comes around and with it the Evergreen International Conference. With the conference a month away we are preparing to do the second Evergreen Community Annual Report to be distributed at the conference and online.

The Outreach Committee is working to make this happen but one of the most important parts is capturing a picture of the libraries who make up our community and that is where we need your help! As we did last year we have a survey for Evergreen libraries to respond to : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YS5RLRG

Whether you are one location, a large consortium, a corporate library or anything else, if you use Evergreen we want to hear from you. We got great responses last year so I hope everyone who responded does so again. However, there are also parts of the community that I know did not get a chance to respond so don’t assume that someone else from your library will. Make sure your library is represented!

Again: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YS5RLRG

Also, if you don’t already follow the community Evergreen account on twitter please do so, @EvergreenILS and follow the #evgils hash tag. Conference tweets are going out with the #evgils17 hashtag including recognizing our great conference sponsors and exhibitors so let them know you care about their support of the conference.

by Rogan Hamby at March 08, 2017 04:16 PM

March 01, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Conference 2017 – Filling Up Fast

If you haven’t registered for the Evergreen International Conference 2017 and reserved a hotel room, do so soon. The rooms are quickly getting taken at the lovely Marriott Cincinatti Rivercenter and will run out soon!

In case you missed them: REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE and RESERVE A ROOM HERE!

by Rogan Hamby at March 01, 2017 04:40 PM

February 28, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — February 28, 2017

Migration News


We were at Knightstown Public Library last week to help with their recataloging project! Representatives from 5 libraries were on hand to help out. Our thanks to everyone who participated!

The Washington Carnegie Public Library’s go live has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017. A modified cataloging freeze on March 6-8 will be associated with this go-live. If you are in the area and would like to attend the go-live, please let Anna know to expect you! A story appeared in the local news about their migration today!

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee will meet on March 2, 2017 at 10am at Plainfield Guilford Township Public Library. All interested staff are invited to attend.

Maintenance: New Shortnames

Just a reminder that we will be updating everyone to the new shortnames tonight, February 28, 2017. We are hopeful these new names will significantly alleviate name confusion transit issues in future.

Conference Season is just around the corner!

Registration is open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. The conference will be held April 5-8, 2017 in Covington, KY.

The 2017 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference will be held on March 31, 2017 at the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Garrison. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please register now (a link to a list of session descriptions is available on the form)!

Deadlines

The next barcode and library card pool is scheduled for March 6-10, 2017. This will be the final purchase on this contract, so be sure to stock up!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 3, 2017
Spring Cataloging Roundtable – Authority Control, 10am-Noon, Webinar. (2 TLEU)
March 7
Local Administration and Basic Reporting, Washington Carnegie Public Library, 9am-Noon (3 TLEU)
March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
March 15
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at February 28, 2017 08:21 PM

February 22, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.12 beta is released

The Evergreen community is pleased to announce the beta release of Evergreen 2.12 and the beta release of OpenSRF 2.5. The releases are available for download and testing from the Evergreen downloads page and from the OpenSRF downloads page. Testers must upgrade to OpenSRF 2.5 to test Evergreen 2.12.

This release includes the implementation of acquisitions and booking in the new web staff client in addition to many web client bug fixes for circulation, cataloging, administration and reports. We strongly encourage libraries to start using the web client on a trial basis in production. All functionality is available for testing with the exception of serials and offline circulation.

Other notable new features and enhancements for 2.12 include:

  • Overdrive and OneClickdigital integration. When configured, patrons will be able to see ebook availability in search results and on the record summary page. They will also see ebook checkouts and holds in My Account.
  • Improvements to metarecords that include:
    • improvements to the bibliographic fingerprint to prevent the system from grouping different parts of a work together and to better distinguish between the title and author in the fingerprint;
    • the ability to limit the “Group Formats & Editions” search by format or other limiters;
    • improvements to the retrieval of e-resources in a “Group Formats & Editions” search;
    • and the ability to jump to other formats and editions of a work directly from the record summary page.
  • The removal of advanced search limiters from the basic search box, with a new widget added to the sidebar where users can see and remove those limiters.
  • A change to topic, geographic and temporal subject browse indexes that will display the entire heading as a unit rather than displaying individual subject terms separately.
  • Support for right-to-left languages, such as Arabic, in the public catalog. Arabic has also become a new officially-supported language in Evergreen.
  • A new hold targeting service supporting new targeting options and runtime optimizations to speed up targeting.
  • In the web staff client, the ability to apply merge profiles in the record bucket merge and Z39.50 interfaces.
  • The ability to display copy alerts when recording in-house use.
  • The ability to ignore punctuation, such as hyphens and apostrophes, when performing patron searches.
  • Support for recognition of client time zones,  particularly useful for consortia spanning time zones.

With release 2.12, minimum requirements for Evergreen have increased to PostgreSQL 9.3 and OpenSRF 2.5

For more information about what will be available in the release, check out the draft release notes.

Many thanks to all of the developers, testers, documentors, translators, funders and other contributors who helped make this release happen.

by Kathy Lussier at February 22, 2017 06:55 PM

February 21, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — February 21, 2017

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee will meet on March 2, 2017 at 10am at Plainfield Guilford Township Public Library. All interested staff are invited to attend.

Maintenance: New Shortnames

Just a reminder that we will be updating everyone to the new shortnames on February 28, 2017. Since these were approved over a year ago, you may wish to review the list and remind yourself of your new shortname. We are hopeful these new names will significantly alleviate name confusion transit issues in future.

Migration News

The Washington Carnegie Public Library’s go live has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The LocalAdmin and Reporting course, being taught onsite on March 7, is being opened up to other area library staff, please see below to register. A modified cataloging freeze on March 6-8 will be associated with this go-live.

A team of catalogers will be on-site at Knightstown Public Library today for a collaborative cataloging session! Watch for progress updates (and maybe photos) next week!

It’s almost Conference Season!

Registration is open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. The conference will be held April 5-8, 2017 in Covington, KY.

The 2017 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference will be held on March 31, 2017 at the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Garrison. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please register now (a link to a list of session descriptions is available on the form)!

Deadlines

The next barcode and library card pool is scheduled for March 6-10, 2017. Please check your stock!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 3, 2017
Spring Cataloging Roundtable – Authority Control, 10am-Noon, Webinar. (2 TLEU)
March 7
Local Administration and Basic Reporting, Washington Carnegie Public Library, 9am-Noon (3 TLEU)
March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
March 15
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at February 21, 2017 03:07 PM

February 17, 2017

Evergreen community blog

2018 Evergreen International Conference – Host Site Selected

The 2018 Evergreen Conference Site Selection Committee has chosen the next host and venue for the 2018 conference.  The MOBIUS consortium will be our 2018 conference host and St. Charles, Missouri will be the 2018 location.  Conference dates to be determined.

Congratulations, MOBIUS!  

by Amy Terlaga at February 17, 2017 06:09 PM

February 16, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Security releases: OpenSRF 2.4.2 and 2.5.0-alpha2, Evergreen 2.10.10, and Evergreen 2.11.3

OpenSRF 2.4.2 and 2.5.0-alpha2, Evergreen 2.10.10, and Evergreen 2.11.3 are now available. These are security releases; the Evergreen and OpenSRF developers strongly urge users to upgrade as soon as possible.

The security issue fixed in OpenSRF has to do with how OpenSRF constructs keys for use by memcached; under certain circumstances, attackers would be able to exploit the issue to perform denial of service and authentication bypass attacks against Evergreen systems. Users of OpenSRF 2.4.1 and earlier are should upgrade to OpenSRF 2.4.2 right away, while testers of OpenSRF 2.5.0-alpha should upgrade to 2.5.0-alpha2.

If you are currently using OpenSRF 2.4.0 or later, you can update an Evergreen system as follows:

  • Download OpenSRF 2.4.2 and follow its installation instructions up to and including the make install step and chown -R opensrf:opensrf /<PREFIX> steps.
  • Restart Evergreen services using osrf_control.
  • Restart Apache

If you are running a version of OpenSRF older than 2.4.0, you will also need to perform the make and make install steps in Evergreen prior to restarting services.

Please visit the OpenSRF download page to retrieve the latest releases and consult the release notes.

The security issue fixed in Evergreen 2.10.10 and 2.11.3 affects users of the Stripe credit card payment processor and entails the possibility of attackers gaining access to your strip credentials. Users of Evergreen 2.10.x and 2.11.x can simply upgrade as normal, but if you are running Evergreen 2.9.x or earlier, or if you cannot perform a full upgrade right away, you can apply the fix by running the following two SQL statements in your Evergreen database:

UPDATE config.org_unit_setting_type
    SET view_perm = (SELECT id FROM permission.perm_list
        WHERE code = 'VIEW_CREDIT_CARD_PROCESSING' LIMIT 1)
    WHERE name LIKE 'credit.processor.stripe%' AND view_perm IS NULL;

UPDATE config.org_unit_setting_type
    SET update_perm = (SELECT id FROM permission.perm_list
        WHERE code = 'ADMIN_CREDIT_CARD_PROCESSING' LIMIT 1)
    WHERE name LIKE 'credit.processor.stripe%' AND update_perm IS NULL;

In addition, Evergreen 2.10.10 has the following fixes since 2.10.9:

  • A fix to correctly apply floating group settings when performing no-op checkins.
  • A fix to the HTML coding of the temporary lists page.
  • A fix of a problem where certain kinds of requests of information about the organizational unit hierarchy to consume all available open-ils.cstore backends.
  • A fix to allow staff to use the place another hold link without running into a user interface loop.
  • A fix to the Edit Due Date form in the web staff client.
  • A fix to sort billing types and non-barcoded item types in alphabetical order in the web staff client.
  • A fix to the return to grouped search results link in the public catalog.
  • A fix to allow pre-cat checkouts in the web staff client without requiring a circulation modifier.
  • Other typo and documentation fixes.

Evergreen 2.11.3 has the following additional fixes since 2.11.2:

  • A fix to correctly apply floating group settings when performing no-op checkins.
  • An improvement to the speed of looking up patrons by their username; this is particularly important for large databases.
  • A fix to properly display the contents of temporary lists (My List) in the public catalog, as well as a fix of the HTML coding of that page.
  • A fix to the Spanish translation of the public catalog that could cause catalog searches to fail.
  • A fix of a problem where certain kinds of requests of information about the organizational unit hierarchy to consume all available open-ils.cstore backends.
  • A fix to allow staff to use the place another hold link without running into a user interface loop.
  • A fix to the Edit Due Date form in the web staff client.
  • A fix to the definition of the stock Full Overlay merge profile.
  • A fix to sort billing types in alphabetical order in the web staff client.
  • A fix to the display of the popularity score in the public catalog.
  • A fix to the return to grouped search results link in the public catalog.
  • A fix to allow pre-cat checkouts in the web staff client without requiring a circulation modifier.
  • A fix to how Action/Trigger event definitions with nullable grouping fields handle null values.
  • Other typo and documentation fixes.

Please visit the Evergreen download page to retrieve the latest releases and consult the release notes.

by Galen Charlton at February 16, 2017 09:52 PM

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — February 16, 2017

Registration Now Open: EIAC 2017

The 2017 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference will be held on March 31, 2017 at the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Garrison. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please register now (a link to a list of session descriptions is available on the form)!

Register for EIAC 2017!

Maintenance Update: New Shortnames

We will be updating everyone to the new shortnames on February 28, 2017. We have already coordinated with major vendors that use shortnames for authentication, but if you have local contracts which utilize your shortname, you may need to reach out for an update in your configuration. Since these were approved over a year ago, you may wish to review the list and remind yourself of your new shortname. We are hopeful these new names will significantly alleviate name confusion in future.

NOTE: The links for overdue and lost notices are not changing to reflect the new shortnames, please continue to use the current links. An alternate method of accessing those notices is currently in development and should be available soon.

Committee News

The eContent Committee met on February 14, 2017 at 10 am at the Indiana State Library. We will be renewing our discount program with DEMCO Software (aka Boopsie) and information on JP Gillen’s Library App will be released to the eContent list.

The Executive Committee met on February 14, 2017 at 1pm at the Indiana State Library. The meeting was streamed and recorded. A recap of the proceedings was released on the Support listserv.

Migration News

Calling all interested catalogers! Anna will be onsite at Knightstown Public Library the afternoon of February 21, 2017 if you are available to join for a mini-cataloging party! Please let Anna know if you can make it so that additional laptops are available.

The Washington Carnegie Public Library’s go live has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The LocalAdmin and Reporting course, being taught onsite on March 7, is being opened up to other area library staff, please see below to register. A modified cataloging freeze on March 6-8 will be associated with this go-live.

Member News

Please congratulate our newest member, Swayzee Public Library! They are a non-automated library, located in Grant County, and will be cataloging into Evergreen Indiana.

2017 Evergreen International Conference
The schedule for the 2017 conference has been released! Detailed program descriptions are available for review. Please note that minor shifts in timing may still occur. Registration is open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. 8 Scholarship applicants were awarded scholarships to attend the conference by Evergreen Indiana.

Deadlines

The next barcode and library card pool is scheduled for March 6-10, 2017. Please check your stock!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 3, 2017
Spring Cataloging Roundtable – Authority Control, 10am-Noon, Webinar. (2 TLEU)
March 7
Local Administration and Basic Reporting, Washington Carnegie Public Library, 9am-Noon (3 TLEU)
March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
March 15
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at February 16, 2017 05:25 PM

Evergreen community blog

Upcoming Evergreen and OpenSRF security releases

Later today we will be releasing security updates for Evergreen and OpenSRF. We recommend that Evergreen users be prepared to install them as soon as possible.

The Evergreen security issue only affects users of a certain credit card payment processor, and the fix can be implemented by running two SQL statements; a full upgrade is not required.

The OpenSRF security issue is more serious and can be used by attackers to perform a denial of service attack and potentially bypass standard authentication.  Consequently, we recommend that users upgrade to OpenSRF 2.4.2 as soon as it is released.

If you are currently using OpenSRF 2.4.0 or OpenSRF 2.4.1, the upgrade will consist of the following steps:

  • downloading and compiling OpenSRF 2.4.2
  • running the ‘make install’ step
  • restarting Evergreen services

If you are currently running a version of OpenSRF that is older than 2.4.0, we strongly recommend upgrading to 2.4.2; note that it will also be necessary to recompile Evergreen.

There will also be an second beta release of OpenSRF 2.5 that will include the security fix.

by Galen Charlton at February 16, 2017 04:26 PM

February 07, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — February 7, 2017

Maintenance and Configuration Updates

A weekly purge of unused monographic parts has been implemented.

Materials which have been assigned the Discard/Weed status are being automatically deleted 6 months after being set to that status. Libraries are encouraged to actively delete weeded holdings, but this cleanup tool will catch those which are missed.

The default sort order has been set to Popularity Adjusted Relevance. The popularity metric has been updated to evaluate the number of copies associated with a record, the total number of holds over 5 years, publication date, frequency of circulation, total circulation, and current hold counts. We’re excited to see how well this assists patrons with finding their desired materials!

Committee News

The eContent Committee will meet on February 14, 2017 at 10 am at the Indiana State Library. Vendor products under discussion will include Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360, J.P. Gillen’s Library App, and SkillSoft.

The Executive Committee will meet on February 14, 2017 at 1pm at the Indiana State Library. Topics on the agenda include the international conference scholarships, the 2018 membership fee rates, an exit fee bylaws amendment, insurance, the current pilots, and updates to the patron matrix. The meeting will be streamed and recorded.

2017 Evergreen International Conference

The schedule for the 2017 conference has been released! Detailed program descriptions are available for review. Please note that minor shifts in timing may still occur. Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the Executive Committee’s decisions next week.

Migration News

The Washington Carnegie Public Library’s go live has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The LocalAdmin and Reporting course, being taught onsite on March 7, is being opened up to other area library staff, please see below to register. A modified cataloging freeze will be associated with this go-live.

Deadlines

The next barcode and library card pool is scheduled for March 6-10, 2017. Please check your stock!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 3, 2017
2017 Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar.
March 7
Local Administration and Basic Reporting, Washington Carnegie Public Library, 9am-Noon (3 TLEU)
March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
March 15
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at February 07, 2017 07:47 PM

January 31, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — January 31, 2017

2017 Evergreen International Conference Update

The schedule for the 2017 conference has been released! Detailed program descriptions are available for review. Please note that minor shifts in timing may still occur. Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. Scholarships are available for interested EI staff; scholarship applications are due by February 6, 2017.

Committee Nominations – Final Call!

We need your help! Thanks to everyone who’s nominated someone or volunteered already, but we have many more seats to fill!

Are you interested in shaping consortium policy? Do you want to grow your presence in the professional community? Want to make sure your patrons are getting the best service possible? Do you know someone that would amazing at doing that? We are now accepting nominations for committee members. Any active Evergreen Indiana library staff member is eligible to be nominated!

Nominate someone now!

We have openings on all four committees. Nominations will close on February 3, 2017. Nominees will be confirmed and announced shortly thereafter.

2017 Wowbrary Invoices Out

Invoices are out to all of the 2017 Wowbrary group participants. If you have not received yours yet, please contact Mary Kay Emmrich at Newton County for another copy. Thanks again to Newton County for serving as our clearinghouse for this group purchase!

Migration News

The Washington Carnegie Public Library’s go live has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The LocalAdmin and Reporting course, being taught onsite on March 7, is being opened up to other area library staff. If interested, please pencil the date in your calendar, registrations will be made available shortly. There will be a modified cataloging freeze associated with this go-live.

Member News

Greenwood Public Library will celebrate their centennial this Saturday with an open house! All are welcome. Congratulations!

Benton County Public Library welcomes new director Cara Ringle.

eIDC Membership Update

The eIndiana Digital Consortium welcomes new member Union City Public Library!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 7
Local Administration and Basic Reporting, Washington Carnegie Public Library [Time and registration TBA]
March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
March 15
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at January 31, 2017 08:38 PM

January 26, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.9 and 2.11.2 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.10.9 and 2.11.2, both bugfix releases.

Evergreen 2.10.9 fixes the following issues:

  • A fix to the web client patron interface that changed the holds count in the patron summary from total / available to available / total.
  • A fix to an issue where the Closed Dates Editor was displaying an extra day of closure.
  • A fix to the Closed Dates Editor so that it now displays “All Day” when the library is closed for the entire day.
  • A fix to properly format LC Call numbers in spine label printing.
  • A fix to a bug that was causing intermittent search failures.

Evergreen 2.11.2 fixes the same issues fixed in 2.10.8, and also fixes the following:

  • A fix to a bug that was causing search failures for Copy Location Group searches.
  • A fix to significant increased slowness with holds transfers.
  • The addition of an index to the action.aged_circulation table to resolve a problem with long-running queries.
  • A fix to redirects that for one-hit metarecord searches for systems that have enabled the setting to immediately jump to a bib record on one-hit searches.
  • A fix to the new acquisitions cost field available in the copy editor to resolve an issue where accidentally clearing out the value in the field resulted in an error.
  • A fix to a bug that broke the Alternate Printable Hold Pull List and Vandelay uploads on systems that were running OpenSRF 2.5.

Please visit the downloads page to retrieve the server software and staff clients.

by Galen Charlton at January 26, 2017 01:08 AM

January 24, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — January 24, 2017

Transiting DVD Pilot

Thanks to everyone who’s completed the initial interest survey so far! We have just shy of 50,000 DVDs committed as of this morning! I am working with our shipping case vendor and should have target dates out to you shortly. The survey will stay open until the end of the month if you need a bit more time to determine if you wish to participate!

Transiting DVD Survey

Migration News

Anna is spending today at Knightstown Public Library working on their re-cataloging configuration and kicking off the EI cataloging process. Spiceland’s configuration will be completed within the next week as well. If you are interested in joining us for a cataloging party there in the coming weeks, please let her know!

Committee Nominations

We need your help! Thanks to everyone who’s nominated someone or volunteered already, but we have many more seats to fill!

Are you interested in shaping consortium policy? Do you want to grow your presence in the professional community? Want to make sure your patrons are getting the best service possible? Do you know someone that would amazing at doing that? We are now accepting nominations for committee members. Any active Evergreen Indiana library staff member is eligible to be nominated!

Nominate someone now!

We have openings on all four committees. Nominations will close on February 3, 2017. Nominees will be confirmed and announced shortly thereafter.

Deadlines

Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference, and the conference committee is finalizing the schedule now. Scholarships are available for interested EI staff; scholarship applications are due by February 6, 2017.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

January 31, 2017
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
February 1, 2017
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
March 15
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at January 24, 2017 01:52 PM

January 20, 2017

Evergreen community blog

Join Us At MidWinter!

Join us at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta for the Evergreen Community Meetup. The meetup is an opportunity for Evergreen users, enthusiasts, and potential future users to learn about Evergreen, see what’s up and coming in the software, hear how open source software empowers libraries, and find out about the vibrant community supporting Evergreen.

The meetup is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 21 in Room Dogwood B at the Omni Hotel. All ALA attendees interested in learning about Evergreen are invited to attend.

by Kathy Lussier at January 20, 2017 01:07 PM

January 12, 2017

Equinox Blog and News

Equinox Transitions to NonProfit to Benefit Libraries

Equinox Transitions to Nonprofit to Benefit Libraries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia, January 12, 2017On January 1, 2017, Equinox Software, Inc., the premiere support and service provider for the Evergreen Integrated Library System, became Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc., a nonprofit corporation serving libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. This change comes after several years of consideration, evaluation of community needs, planning, and preparation.  The change allows Equinox to better serve its customers and communities by broadening its mission of bringing more open source technology to a wide array of institutions dedicated to serving the public good.

About the conversion from for-profit to nonprofit, Mike Rylander, president of the new Equinox Open Library Initiative said, “Everyone at Equinox is dedicated to the mission of helping libraries of all types adopt and use open source software.  We have been involved in this work for ten years now, and our move to become a nonprofit helps us further that mission.  Importantly, this change also matches more closely the cooperative, community-focused ethos of the open source technologies with which we work.  We could not be more excited to move forward in this new direction.”

Jason Etheridge, an Equinox founder, added, “In 2009, we wrote an open letter to the community called the Equinox Promise, where we pledged to adhere to ideas such as transparency, code sharing, maintaining a single code set, and, in general, working with and within the Evergreen and Koha communities.  This built on the original vision of Evergreen as software that should be open source for both philosophical and pragmatic reasons.  Equinox becoming a nonprofit is another promise, one with legal teeth, where our charitable purpose is put front and center.  I see no better way to participate in the gift culture known as open source, and in our Evergreen and Koha communities.”

While daily operations at Equinox will not change, company leaders highlight that going forward there will be new opportunities for service expansion and enhancement, as well as creative funding options for projects that enhance library services.  Grace Dunbar, Equinox Vice President, pointed out, “By becoming a nonprofit organization, Equinox will actually be able to do more and grow our service offerings to the library community.  I think it’s important to note we’re not changing our services—we still offer a complete suite of services for seamless migration, support, and development for open source software library software. However, by making the change to nonprofit we will be able to grow in a way that does not require a merger or acquisition with a proprietary software company and will allow us to integrate more resources into our mission.”

For more information, please visit our FAQ.

About Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc.
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions.  As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software.  At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

by Sara at January 12, 2017 05:48 PM

January 06, 2017

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — January 6, 2017

Note: There will not be a newsletter next week.
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2016 Annual Stats

We’ve had another very busy year in Evergreen Indiana! Local reports were sent to directors yesterday for inclusion in the annual report. Here’s a peek at the totals for the consortium!

Quick View
  • Active Evergreen Indiana Member Libraries: 111
  • 2016 New Active Member Libraries: 4
  • 2016 Resident Taxpayer Base: 1,075,269
  • Counties with an EI Library: 62
  • Items Owned: 7,068,536
  • Unique Titles: 2,504,926
Moving Materials
  • 2016 EI Circulations and In-house Uses: 8,417,630
  • 2016 Juvenile EI Circulations: 3,439,395
  • 2016 Total Transits: 664,769
  • 2016 Remote Circulations: 401,296
  • 2016 Visiting Circulations: 516,476
Gathering Professionally
  • 2016 Trainings Held: 27
  • 2016 Asynchronous Courses Available: 2
  • 2016 Regional Roundtables: 5
  • 2016 Conferences: 1
  • 2016 Committee Meetings: 19
  • 2016 International Meetings Hosted: 1
eIDC Annual Stats
  • Member Libraries: 91
  • Unique Titles: 32,768
  • Unique Borrowers in 2016: 19,349
  • 2016 Total Circulations: 514,159
  • 2016 Juvenile Circulations: 85,407
  • 2016 Student Circulations: 2,602

The infographics are in the process of being updated on our Statistics page as well if you wish to look at the historical trends.

Upgrade 2.11 complete

The upgrade was completed on schedule the evening of January 1, 2017. Reporting was on hold until the 2nd. We have noted a couple of bugs which are affecting bibliographic record merging, transferring holds, and barcode replacement. As patches and fixes are put in place, we will update via listserv. Thanks for your patience!

Holiday Closure

The Indiana State Library will be closed January 14-16, 2017. During that time EI support staff will only be available in case of emergency. INfoExpress service will also be suspended on those dates.

Committee Nominations

It’s that time of year! Are you interested in shaping consortium policy? Do you want to grow your presence in the professional community? Want to make sure your patrons are getting the best service possible? Do you know someone that would amazing at doing that? We are now accepting nominations for committee members. Any active Evergreen Indiana library staff member is eligible to be nominated!

Elected committee members are generally expected to serve 3 year terms (except for the Cataloging Committee which is at-will terms). Committee service entails attendance, either in person or via web conference, at 4-6 meetings annually, plus participating in the conference and roundtables to address community interests and needs through the development of policies, procedures, and trainings.

Nominate someone now!

We have openings on all four committees. Nominations will close on February 3, 2017. Nominees will be confirmed and announced shortly thereafter.

Deadlines

Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference, and the conference committee is soliciting presentation proposals through January 13, 2017. Scholarships are available for interested EI staff; scholarship applications are due by February 6, 2017.

by admin at January 06, 2017 05:43 PM

December 27, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — December 27, 2016

Authority Control Now Live!

The updated bibliographic records and authority records were uploaded over the holiday weekend, and the cataloging restrictions have been lifted. 2,385,827 bibliographic records were updated, and we brought in 910,861 associated authority records! Lexile measures were added to 118,448 bibliographic records. Special thanks go out to Jocelyn Lewis for serving as the procurement agent and project manager and Jason Boyer for coordinating the configuration and data transfers!

Our next steps will begin in January as the linking (automatic updating) and validation is brought online. We are also scheduling an early spring cataloging roundtable to demonstrate how member libraries can add and update authority elements on records. Thanks to everyone for your patience!

Holiday Closure

The Indiana State Library will be closed December 31, 2016-January 2, 2017. During that time EI support staff will only be available in case of emergency. INfoExpress service will also be suspended on those dates. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Maintenance Notices

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window. Please check out the Upgrade 2.11 webpage for instructions and training information.

Deadlines

Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference, and the conference committee is soliciting presentation proposals through January 13, 2016.

by admin at December 27, 2016 05:09 PM

December 22, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — December 22, 2016

Upgrade Training Video Released

The 2.11 Upgrade training video is now available for anyone who was unable to attend the webinars last week. Please note that due to the edited length, the video training is not eligible for LEU credit.

Watch the 2.11 Upgrade Training!

Holiday Closures

The Indiana State Library will be closed December 23-26, 2016 and December 31, 2016-January 2, 2017. During that time EI support staff will only be available in case of emergency. INfoExpress service will also be suspended on those dates. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee met at 10 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Greenwood Public Library. The meeting was recorded and may be viewed on YouTube.

All member libraries are invited to attend the committee meetings and provide feedback on issues under discussion!

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. An FAQ about the process and available functions was released to the Cataloging listserv on 11/28/16. Please watch for updated timeline notices on the listservs.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window. Please check out the Upgrade 2.11 webpage for instructions and training information.

Deadlines

Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference, and the conference committee is soliciting presentation proposals through January 13, 2016.

by admin at December 22, 2016 12:32 PM

December 15, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Burnham Joins Bibliomation with Equinox Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–December 15, 2016

The partnership between Equinox and Bibliomation continues to grow as Burnham Library was successfully migrated to Evergreen in mid-November.  Burnham is a single branch library located in Bridgewater, Connecticut.  Burnham serves just over 1,100 patrons with over 31,000 holdings.  This migration follows Milford Library’s successful migration in September.

Rogan Hamby, Equinox Data and Project Analyst, worked on this project and remarked, “It was great partnering with Bibliomation on this project and wonderful to see the confidence and enthusiasm that the Burnham staff displayed during their migration.  No one undertakes a migration lightly but they made it seem effortless.  I always love seeing libraries like Burnham join the larger Evergreen community.”

Sandra Neary, Burnham Library Director, added, “I only wish we could have become a part of Bibliomation and Evergreen well before now. This has been such a positive experience in every aspect.  Questions answered in a flash, every detail attended to in such a timely manner.  Evergreen and Bibliomation are a match made in heaven! We are so happy to have made this move and look forward to a long and happy relationship.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Bibliomation

Bibliomation is Connecticut’s largest library consortium. Sixty public libraries and seventeen schools share an Evergreen system with centralized cataloging and a shared computer network. Bibliomation is Connecticut’s only open source consortium.  Members enjoy benefits beyond the ILS. Bibliomation offers top-notch cataloging, expert IT support, discounts on technology and library products, and regular trainings and workshops on a variety of topics. Non-members can take advantage of Bibliomation’s services as well. BiblioTech, OverDrive, and a wide range of consulting services are available.  For more information on Bibliomation, please visit http://www.biblio.org/.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

by Sara at December 15, 2016 03:34 PM

December 13, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — December 13, 2016

Do you SRCS?

There’s a lot going on in the resource sharing community this winter! We are soliciting marketing, workflow, and patron training ideas and materials that active SRCS participants would be willing to share as libraries transition to full patron driven requesting for ILLs.

If your library did not join as part of Phase 1, we invite you to consider doing so now! Letters of Interest are due to the Library Development Office before January 31, 2017. If you have questions, you are encouraged to email them to the Support Listserv, the EI coordinator, or the Library Development Office. The SRCS website has training, marketing, and informational resources available for review.

Updates to Staff Permissions Ahead

The Executive Committee approved a range of updates to the permissions assigned to various staff working profiles. A complete list is being released on the Support Listserv. These updates will take place as part of the 2016/17 Upgrade over the New Year weekend.

New Member!

Please join us in welcoming New Castle-Henry County Public Library to Evergreen Indiana! NCHCPL is a Class A library located east of Indianapolis.

Open and Unbridled!

Registration is now open for the 2017 Evergreen International Annual Conference. The Executive Committee approved 3 levels of scholarships for interested library staff to attend the conference next spring. Scholarship applications will be available soon. Also, the conference committee is soliciting presentation proposals through January 13, 2016.

Committee News

  • The eContent Committee met at 10 am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. Dear Reader presented their product for consortium consideration; pricing will be released to interested libraries on the eContent listserv.
  • The Executive Committee met at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. The meeting was recorded and may be viewed on YouTube.
  • The Patron Services Committee will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Greenwood Public Library.

All member libraries are invited to attend the committee meetings and provide feedback on issues under discussion!

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. An FAQ about the process and available functions was released to the Cataloging listserv on 11/28/16. Please watch for updated timeline notices on the listservs.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window. Please check out the Upgrade 2.11 webpage for instructions and training information.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 15
Evergreen 2.11 Upgrade, 2pm-3pm, webinar (LEU eligibility TBA)
December 16
Evergreen 2.11 Upgrade, 10am-11am, webinar (LEU eligibility TBA)

by admin at December 13, 2016 08:43 PM

December 06, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — December 6, 2016

Upgrade Testing!

Upgrade testing is now available for all interested parties! Please check out the Upgrade 2.11 webpage for instructions and training information. The webinars are scheduled for December 15, 2016, 2-3pm and December 16, 2016, 10-11am. Registration should be open tomorrow!

Committee News

  • The Cataloging Committee met on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.
  • The eContent Committee will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. Dear Reader will present their product for consortium consideration.
  • The Executive Committee will meet at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. The meeting will be broadcast and may be viewed on YouTube.
  • The Patron Services Committee will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Greenwood Public Library.

All member libraries are invited to attend the committee meetings and provide feedback on issues under discussion!

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. An FAQ about the process and available functions was released to the Cataloging listserv on 11/28/16. Please watch for updated timeline notices on the listservs.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at December 06, 2016 08:41 PM

November 29, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 29, 2016

Committee News

  • The Cataloging Committee will meet at 10 am on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.
  • The eContent Committee will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. Dear Reader will present their product for consortium consideration.
  • The Executive Committee will meet at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Indiana State Library.
  • The Patron Services Committee will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Greenwood Public Library.

All member libraries are invited to attend the committee meetings and provide feedback on issues under discussion!

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. An FAQ about the process and available functions was released to the Cataloging listserv on 11/28/16. Please watch for updated timeline notices on the listservs.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window. Upgrade training dates and times will be announced next week.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at November 29, 2016 07:30 PM

November 22, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Yours, Mine, and Ours?

We’ve had a few questions and a couple of tickets come in recently that suggest a reminder about the ownership and handling of fines and fees would be helpful.

Who owns what?

  • Circulation fines, when the only fines on a bill, are the property of the library at which the patron circulated the materials.
  • Lost and damaged fees and any associated circulation fines for that transaction are the property of the library which owns that item.

Who can forgive what?

  • Circulation fines owed to your library, as the only fines included in a transaction’s bill, may be forgiven by your library.
  • Lost, damaged, and lost processing fees may ONLY be forgiven by the owning library.

But if my patron returns a lost item, shouldn’t I be allowed to forgive the lost fee belonging to another library?

  • The return of the item to your library is not a sufficient reimbursement to the owning library. Only the owning library may decide if they wish to receive the item after it has been marked lost and thereafter waive the associated fine.

Sometimes the fees go away automatically when I check in a lost item. Why don’t they always do that?

  • Some member libraries have chosen to enable autovoiding of lost bills. It is a decision which only affects their holdings, and may only be applied with the explicit approval of that library’s leadership.

It’s always busy on the desk, but please take a second to be conscientious about observing other libraries’ authority over monies owed to them!

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee will meet at 10 am on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. All interested catalogers are invited to attend!

Support Notice

A brief reminder that the Indiana State Library will be closed November 24-26, 2016 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. INfoExpress service will also be suspended.

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. Please watch for updated timelines.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at November 22, 2016 07:56 PM

November 16, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.8 and 2.11.1 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.10.8 and 2.11.1, both bugfix releases.

Evergreen 2.10.8 fixes the following issues:

  • A fix to that provides alphabetical sorting to the fund selector in the Acquisitions Selection List -> Copies interface.
  • The addition of a progress bar that displays when conducting a patron search in the web client.
  • A fix to the web client patron interface so that total Items Out in the patron summary now includes overdue and long overdue items. It will also include Lost and Claims Returned items when the appropriate library setting is enabled.
  • A change to the public catalog My Account screen where the font for leading articles will now be smaller when sorting a list by title.
  • A fix to subject links in the catalog’s record summary page so that periods are no longer stripped from resulting subject searches, leading to more accurate results when those links are clicked.
  • A fix to avoid avoid unint warnings in the logs for prox_cache in open-ils.circ.hold.is_possible.
  • A fix to rounding errors that occured when summing owed/paid totals for display in the catalog’s credit card payment form.
  • A change to sort behavior in the My Account screens. Previously, a third click on a column header returned the list to its original sort order. Clicking column headers will now simply toggle the sort between ascending and descending order.
  • The Permalink option on the catalog’s record summary page will now be hidden in the staff client because clicking the link in the client led to no discernable change for users.
  • A fix to the text of a notice that displays when migrating circulation history during the upgrade to 2.10.
  • An improvement to the performance for the lookup of a user’s circ history by adding an index on action.usr_circ_history(usr).
  • A fix so that when a bib record’s fingerprint changes, it gets correctly moved to a different metarecord.

In additional, the Spanish translation is now fully enabled.

Evergreen 2.11.1 fixes the same issues fixed in 2.10.8, and also fixes the following:

  • A fix to the display of permanent lists in the catalog, which had broken in 2.11.0.
  • A fix to the web client checkin screen allowing users to click the title of the checked-in item to retrieve the bib record for that item.

Please visit the downloads page to retrieve the server software and staff clients.

by Galen Charlton at November 16, 2016 10:36 PM

Equinox Blog and News

Pocono Mountain Public Library joins SPARK/PaILS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–November 16, 2016

Equinox is pleased to announce that SPARK is growing again!  Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania migrated to Evergreen in early November.  They join Eastern Monroe to form the Monroe County Libraries.  SPARK is managed by Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and has been using Evergreen since 2011.

Pocono Mountain Public Library consists of one branch serving 15,673 patrons with over 51,000 bib records.  The migration was managed by Barbara Cormack, Equinox Project Manager.  When asked about the migration, she remarked, “It has been a pleasure for me to work with the director and staff at Pocono Mountain Public Library. Their enthusiasm and support for the migration to Evergreen and the Spark consortium have ensured a smooth and successful transition to the new automation system.”

Ann Shincovich, Pocono Mountain Public Library Director and Project Manager, added, “Our library has been waiting for years to get a new ILS  and I was always concerned about cost and our ability to handle the overwhelming task of conversion. The PaILS Spark project with Equinox exceeded my hopes for a cost conscious ILS with a relatively seamless transition, excellent support and training, and really solid hand-holding. The Equinox team was equally good with the big issues related to analyzing data and constructing the new system, as they were with answering all the little questions that plague conversion.  They completely understood all the weird little things that dictate our ILS needs, and really listened to all my concerns. Their systems people were great at sorting all the data into comprehensible bits, and spent a lot of time in data review. Tweaking the test data was a constant process and carried on until I was satisfied.  I knew my system better after all the time we spent in review than I did before! They even presented to me new setups that I didn’t  know I wanted or could have. They were very generous with sharing their knowledge of what could be done from their experience with other libraries.  They made it easier for me to feel like we were getting it right. They helped my staff feel like they could make it through because of their effective training. This is one of the best projects I’ve ever done and the Equinox people are outstanding. Rare is the vendor that is so thorough.”

The patrons are enjoying the new system and learning to use Evergreen.  One patron was quoted as saying, “I love it and it was easy.  The text alerts for holds are great to help me plan my time to come to the library.  I love the “My Account” to help me remember my reading.  It’s really great.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, the open source ILS developed using Evergreen Open Source ILS.  PaILS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The SPARK User Group members make recommendations and inform the Board of Directors.  A growing number of libraries large and small are PaILS members.  For more information about PaILS and SPARK, please visit http://sparkpa.org/.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.  For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

by Sara at November 16, 2016 03:29 PM

November 15, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 15, 2016

RDA Toolkit Purchase

Ready to make the switch to RDA once the Authority Control cleanup converts the catalog? The RDA Toolkit group purchase is now accepting new members. Individual seats are available for $157.25; 2 or more are available for $149.60. Renewals and new members will be accepted until Monday, November 28, 2016. Existing members will receive notice of their current subscription later this week. Please email Anna with any questions or to subscribe or renew.

Support Notice

A brief reminder that the Indiana State Library will be closed November 24-26, 2016 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. INfoExpress service will also be suspended.

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. Please watch for updated timelines.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Barcode Pool

Get your orders in now! The Barcode and Library Card pool is now open. The next pool will be in March 2017!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at November 15, 2016 07:51 PM

November 08, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 8, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables Complete

We wrapped up our final Regional Roundtable in at the Spencer County Library! Representatives from 7 member libraries were in attendance.

2016 Southwest Regional Roundtable participants
2016 Southwest Regional Roundtable participants

Our thanks go out to all of our generous hosts this year and to all of the libraries that sent staff to provide input, share experiences, and suggest new projects!

2016 Evergreen International Hack-A-Way

2016 Hack-a-way participants
2016 Hack-a-way participants

Last week, Evergreen Indiana hosted the 2016 Evergreen International Hack-A-Way. 22 developers and sysadmins traveled to Indianapolis from across the US to collaborate on development work and plan for future projects. We were delighted to have the opportunity to host and support the development community.

Support Notice

A brief reminder that the Indiana State Library is closed November 8 and November 11 in observance of Election Day and Veterans’ Day. INfoExpress service is also suspended.

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. Please watch for updated timelines.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Barcode Pool

The dates have been set for the next Barcode and Library Card pool. Please mark your calendars to get your purchase in November 14-18, 2016.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at November 08, 2016 02:43 PM

October 25, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 25, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

2016 Southeast Regional Roundtable
2016 Southeast Regional Roundtable

We were in Seymour and Mooresville last week for the Southeast and Central Roundtables! Representatives from 25 libraries were in attendance. Our thanks to our generous hosts, Jackson County Public Library and Mooresville Public Library!

2016 Central Indiana Regional Roundtable
2016 Central Indiana Regional Roundtable

The final Regional Roundtable of 2016 will be held this Friday in Rockport!

Reviewing Staff Permissions

We have updated the Staff Permissions Guide following the correction to the LocalAdmin profile. During this update, we did note some additional permission assignments that are out of line with current policy. In order to allow everyone a chance to prepare their staff, we will present the full list of permissions to be updated to the Executive Committee at their December meeting with an active date of January 1, 2017. LocalAdmins and staff are encouraged to review the guide and provide feedback.

Policy and Setting Updates

  • The “audiobook new” circ modifier is live and available for libraries to use.
  • The default circulation duration for pre-cats without an associated circ mod has been increased to 3 weeks.

Maintenance Notices

During the Authority Control implementation, scheduled December 2-December 28, 2016, catalogers are reminded not to update existing bibliographic records. Please watch for updated timelines.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Barcode Pool

The dates have been set for the next Barcode and Library Card pool. Please mark your calendars to get your purchase in November 14-18, 2016.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at October 25, 2016 06:41 PM

Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative

Massachusetts Library Group Receives Grant from EBSCO Information Services

Financial Grant will Support New Evergreen Developments

Worcester, Mass. — October 25, 2016 — The web-based, open source Integrated Library System (ILS) Evergreen will be continuing to develop software that meets the needs of libraries thanks in part to a grant from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The grant to the Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) is intended to finance new developments of popular catalog features for thousands of libraries using Evergreen.

Evergreen is a highly scalable software for libraries that helps library patrons find library materials, and helps libraries manage, catalog and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries. Started by the Georgia Public Library System in 2006, it has been adopted by a number of library consortia in North America as well as individual libraries around the world.

EBSCO’s contribution will assist Evergreen’s efforts to:

  • Improve its ability to group together multiple formats and editions of a work
  • Provide quick links that allow users to jump to alternate formats and editions from any record in the catalog
  • Make other improvements to Evergreen search that group formats and edition, including improved record retrieval and a new setting to make it a library’s default search

MassLNC, a collaborative project of two library consortia: the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) and the Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network (C/W MARS), works with Evergreen libraries and consortia to pool resources for Evergreen development. MassLNC will distribute the funds and oversee the development and integration conducted by Evergreen contributors: MOBIUS, a non-profit library consortium that supports the Missouri Evergreen consortium, and Equinox Software, an organization solely dedicated to the support and development of open source library technologies.

“We are very excited about this new partnership between MassLNC and EBSCO to bring important new functionality to the Evergreen catalog,” said MassLNC Coordinator Kathy Lussier. “The grant will help our efforts to provide a user-friendly and visually-appealing catalog that is easy for patrons to find material at their libraries.”

EBSCO Vice President of Global Software Services Ron Burns says that EBSCO’s support of Evergreen is part of the company’s commitment to open source for libraries. “Evergreen is a popular open source ILS that fulfills the core needs of many libraries, EBSCO has a strong history of supporting open source platforms that provide libraries with the systems that work for them, regardless of the library’s size or resources. This directly aligns with the Evergreen community’s efforts to enhance the management and discoverability of libraries’ diverse materials and formats.”

For more information on MassLNC, visit http://masslnc.org and to learn more about Evergreen, visit http://evergreen-ils.org.

About Evergreen
Evergreen is the leading Integrated Library System for consortia and delivers local flexibility and granularity of policies that no other software can match. Evergreen maintains robust performance on its open PostgreSQL database and delivers the most interoperability for libraries via its truly open APIs. The Evergreen community is made up of individuals, libraries, companies, and other organizations that support the software. Approximately 1,800 libraries around the world use Evergreen.
Evergreen is open-source software, licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2 or later. It is available to all for download from the Evergreen web site at http://evergreen-ils.org.

About Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC)
The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative is a collaborative project between two Massachusetts library consortia - the Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network (C/W MARS) and the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) - to work together to support and improve Evergreen. The project started with the support of a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is currently supported by the participating consortia and development partners.

The cooperative's goals are to provide a mutual support mechanism among full members, facilitate the pooling of resources for continued development of Evergreen, and to grow expertise to support and improve Evergreen. MassLNC also coordinates the MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative, an opportunity for libraries and consortia running Evergreen to maximize their resources by pooling funds to sponsor exciting new features and important improvements for the open-source system. More information about MassLNC can be found at http://masslnc.org.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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For more information, please contact:
Kathy Lussier
MassLNC Coordinator
(508) 343-0128
klussier@masslnc.org

by Kathy Lussier at October 25, 2016 02:09 PM

October 18, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 18, 2016

Cataloging Restrictions for Authority Control Implementation

During the Authority Control implementation project, catalogers will have some limitations on their work. In order to allow everyone as much time as possible to prepare, we have chosen to implement Authority Control in December 2016. Beginning the first full week in December, catalogers should not update or merge existing MARC records. New records may be imported as needed; holdings may be added and edited. If you are planning a weed, please try to complete it prior to December 2 so that we aren’t shipping and bringing in unneeded records post processing.

The vendor has estimated that the process will take up to the end of the year; we are committed to making it happen as quickly as possible while ensuring accuracy. Please watch the newsletter and listservs for updates on the timeline.

2016 Regional Roundtables

We’re off to Seymour and Mooresville this week! Registration is still open for the Southwest meeting. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Register now: Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Maintenance Notices

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Barcode Pool

The dates have been set for the next Barcode and Library Card pool. Please mark your calendars to get your purchase in November 14-18, 2016.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at October 18, 2016 07:41 PM

October 14, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Welcome, Andrea!

Equinox is excited to announce the newest member of our team:  Andrea Buntz Neiman!  Andrea has filled the position of Project Manager for Software Development and began work this week.  In her new role, she will coordinate with customers, developers, and other stakeholders to make sure everyone stays on the same page about development projects.

Andrea received her BA in Music at St. Mary’s College in Maryland before completing her MLS at University of Maryland College Park.  She worked at the Library of Congress for three years  on various special projects in the Music Division and Recorded Sound Section.  She then spent 11 years in public libraries.  Andrea has worked in almost every area of the public library world and has accumulated quite the Summer Reading Shirt collection.

In 2008, she helped her library migrate to Evergreen, making it the first (and so far only) public library in Maryland to use an open source ILS.  Grace Dunbar, Equinox Vice President, remarked; “I have been Andrea’s biggest fan ever since she gave an entire conference presentation on the many wonderful attributes of the Item Status screen.   The team at Equinox always been impressed with her work in the community and we are excited to have her as part of our amazing group.”

Andrea’s hobbies include gardening, cooking (and eating), shopping at thrift stores, sewing, and baseball.  She is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan and is still nursing her heartbreak over their recent Wild Card loss.  She has every intention of learning to play the bass guitar some day.  

by Sara at October 14, 2016 05:30 PM

October 11, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 11, 2016

Committee News

  • The eContent Committee met at 10am on October 11, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. Topics of discussion included upcoming changes to the OverDrive interface and committee recruitment. The Committee will next meet on December 13, 2016.
  • The Executive Committee met at 1pm on October 11, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. A recap will be released to the Support listserv.

Member News

Please join us in welcoming our newest member library, Knightstown Public Library!

2016 Regional Roundtables

The next Roundtable will meet in Seymour in a couple of weeks! Registration is open for all future meetings. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Regional Roundtables!

  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Central: October 21, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Maintenance Notices

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Barcode Pool

The dates have been set for the next Barcode and Library Card pool. Please mark your calendars to get your purchase in November 14-18, 2016.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

October 13
Fall 2016 Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar [1 TLEU].
December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at October 11, 2016 07:01 PM

Galen Charlton

Visualizing the global distribution of Evergreen installations from tarballs

In August I made a map of Koha installations based on geolocation of the IP addresses that retrieved the Koha Debian package. Here’s an equivalent map for Evergreen:

Downloads of Evergreen tarballs in past 52 weeks

Click to get larger image

As with the Koha map, this is based on the last 52 weeks of Apache logs as of the date of this post. I included only complete downloads of Evergreen ILS tarballs and excluded downloads done by web crawlers.  A total of 1,317 downloads from 838 distinct IP addresses met these criteria.

The interactive version can be found on Plotly.

by Galen Charlton at October 11, 2016 02:04 AM

October 07, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

New Additions to SPARK/PaILS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–October 7, 2016

Equinox is pleased to announce two new additions to the SPARK/PaILS Consortium.  Claysburg Area Public Library, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Martinsburg Community Library, Roaring Spring Community Library, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, and Williamsburg PA Public Library; affectionately known as The Blair County 6–BC6 for short; joined Altoona and Bellwood-Antis within SPARK.  Bellwood-Antis Public Library migrated two weeks before The BC6.

The BC6 previously shared a server to host their ILS.  They will begin physical resource sharing within SPARK very soon.  Bellwood-Antis Public Library is also in Blair County.  Along with previously migrated Altoona, Blair County libraries are now unified.

Erica Rohlfs, Equinox Project Manager, had this to say about the migrations:  

“Being a part of the Blair Libraries’ migrations was exciting and challenging. There were 3 total migrations, Altoona, Bellwood-Antis, and BC6.  It’s almost ineffable to describe the joy that came with knowing how large this migration was for both the Blair Library System and the community they serve. The librarians put an incredible amount of time and thought into their migrations, not only in the complex policy decisions but also in details, such as streamlining the BCLS branding. I just can’t say enough about how hard they worked to unify their catalog, merge patrons, and streamline resource sharing. Also, their new children’s library cards are awesome!”

Scott Thomas, SPARK/PaILS Executive Director, added; “One of the most exciting things about bringing new library systems onto SPARK is to see how the change directly improves services to library patrons. SPARK will enable the citizens of Blair County to use multiple libraries with ease and to benefit from the enhanced access to many collections county-wide.”

 

About Equinox Software, Inc.
Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.


About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System
PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, the open source ILS developed using Evergreen Open Source ILS.  PaILS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The SPARK User Group members make recommendations and inform the Board of Directors.  A growing number of libraries large and small are PaILS members.
For more information about PaILS and SPARK, please visit http://sparkpa.org/.


About Evergreen
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

by Sara at October 07, 2016 03:35 PM

October 05, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.11.0 released

On behalf of the build-master team and myself, I am pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.11.0. Included in Evergreen 2.11.0 are the following new features:

  • Add Date Header to Action Trigger Email/SMS Templates
  • Support for Ubuntu 16.04
  • Purge User Activity
  • Authority Record Import Updates Editor, Edit Date.
  • Authority Propagation Updates Bib Editor, Edit Date
  • Bibliographic Record Source Now Copied to 901$s
  • Option to Update Bib Source and Edit Details on Record Import
  • Staff Client Honors Aged Circulations
  • “Canceled Transit” Item Status
  • Copy Status “Is Available” Flag
  • Email Checkout Receipts
  • Set Per-OU Limits on Allowed Payment Amounts
  • Additional Fields Available for Display in Some Interfaces
  • Merge Notification Preferences Tables in TPAC
  • Improved Holds Screens in My Account
  • Popularity Boost for Ranking Search Results
  • Badge Configuration
  • Removal of Advanced Hold Options link when part holds are expected
  • SIP Renewals
  • Treat SIP Location Field as Login Workstation

These, along with dozens of bug fixes and updates to documentation, are the result of work by more than thirty individuals at over 15 organizations.

To download Evergreen 2.11.0 and to read the full release notes, please visit the downloads page.

by Mike Rylander at October 05, 2016 08:21 PM

Rogan Hamby

A Partial History of SCLENDS

A few weeks ago Equinox Software published a blog post I wrote about Evergreen in 2009. My first draft and my final draft were very different. Draft by draft I stripped out the history of how SCLENDS started, not because I didn’t want to tell it but because in the larger Evergreen context it wasn’t what I wanted to say. The very fact that some remained though and that I did start with so much tells me something. It is a story I want to tell and while that post wasn’t the place, this is. Why? Honestly during that first year we did a lot of “make it work and fix it later.” Document? If there’s time. It’s easy to be critical of that approach but we had tight deadlines and if it hadn’t been done the way it was it might never have happened. But now I have a little time to write it and want to do so while my memory is clear, at least of the elements that stand out in 2009.

I’m not going to claim this is a complete history. Beyond the fallibility of memory I doubt I know the whole story and it’s naturally biased towards the events I was present for. SCLENDS was started by many people, library directors, circ managers, systems librarians and more. I worked with most of them but some only tangentially. No single person was present for every conversation and no person could know the whole story. And since I’ve admitted that this will be an incomplete telling I will also offer that I’m going to try to keep it brief. The story begins properly with the development of writing in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt … just kidding.

In 2008 I was the Systems Librarian in Florence County, South Carolina. The library’s director, Ray McBride, and I had been deeply involved in the process of re-evaluating our technology plan. One thing we were not concerned about was our ILS. We were very happy Horizon users and had assumed that we would upgrade to Horizon 8 when it was released. It had already been delayed but why would we consider other options? Going out for an RFP is a process to be avoided like an invasive unnecessary medical procedure. Plus, we were happy with Horizon, it was user friendly, it fit our needs and was stable. Sure, it had gotten a little long in the tooth but the upgrade would give it the refresh it needed.

Then one day I was reading through my daily mail and there was a correspondence from Sirsi-Dynix. Horizon 8, Rome, was being canceled. Instead they would take the modern code base of their other product and merge it with the user friendliness of Horizon and like tunes being played together it would be Symphony. It was the kind of over the top marketing speak that made it clear they were trying to make users feel positive about news they knew we would be unhappy with. They would have been right about the unhappy part.

Fast forward and we had a meeting. I had compiled a list of possible ILSes we could upgrade to. Polaris was a strong contender. We seriously looked at Symphony, hoping for the potential of an easy migration. There were others we dismissed due to expense or lack of features. There might have been another we considered that I can’t remember now. And I threw Evergreen onto the stack for consideration.

Why did I suggest Evergreen? Florence was an almost pure Windows server environment and this was a radical departure. I didn’t try to convert the Florence environment to Linux despite my preferences because with the staff limitations the library had and applications they had invested in running within a Windows environment, Microsoft made sense. Migrating to a mission critical application on Linux was a big departure. But, when I looked at the growth of open source, what I saw happening in the Evergreen community and my own opinions about the relationship between open source and library philosophies I was of the conviction that we should consider it. Not go to it, just consider it. Frankly, with my time limitations an easy upgrade to Symphony sounded pretty good to me.

We formed a committee of public service staff and administrators. We invited in representatives from companies to talk about their ILSes. Evergreen was open source so I distributed a fact sheet. We had reps from Polaris and SirsiDynix come in. We talked to other libraries. One library referred to recent updates to Symphony in …. unflattering terms and told us they were migrating to Polaris as soon as they could. Others were only slightly kinder. Polaris looked good but didn’t blow us away. A Sirsi representative made it clear that migrating to Symphony would not be like an upgrade and there was Horizon functionality that did not have one for one parity in Symphony.

Discussions were lively but in the end we selected an ILS: Evergreen. At that point Evergreen was about version 1.2 and rough. As we talked about it one theme came up again and again. We believed that whatever shortcomings Evergreen had at that point in mid 2008 that it was the right long term choice for us. We believed that in time it would match and exceed the other options we had to pick from. We also wanted a choice that we felt would last us ten years. I think it was Ray who said later that this would be the last ILS a library would ever need to migrate to. He may well be proven right, only time will tell.

It can be strange what you remember. It was a Thursday afternoon in November that I was having coffee with Ray. We were discussing Evergreen and forming our plans for the migration. One of my concerns was the long term support, especially if I left. We began discussing approaching an external company for support of our servers. That would give me more time to spend in the community and support regardless of staff turnover. As we looked we also began to discuss moving to remote hosting and increasingly liked the idea though it meant moving nearly all technical management external to the library, not something we had traditionally done. However, while we had put a lot of value on internal staff management of technology we also had increasing needs without an increasing budget so going with a remote hosting option made sense.

All of this, especially the budget concerns, was in my head when I threw out another idea. In one sense, this was the start of SCLENDS. What if we invited others a to join us to start a consortium and reduce costs? Ray liked the idea and threw the idea out to the South Carolina library director’s listserv. From there I become a peripheral part of the story until January. During that time in the periphery I was aware that the offer was expressed and interest returned. I was tasked with inviting a vendor who could run servers for us.  The clear option was Equinox, having been founded by the original developers and administrators of Evergreen at Georgia PINES.  Additionally, they had a lot of experience with startup consortiums so they would understand what we were embarking on.

December passed and January of 2009 arrived. I found myself in the large meeting room at the Florence Library. The interested libraries were arriving. Eleven libraries in total attended that meeting, interested in sharing costs and materials in a new consortium. That meeting brought together not only the directors but systems administrators and circulation managers of the libraries.

Eleven libraries were present and ten of them went on to form SCLENDS. Honestly, that day was a blur of faces and voices. One person whose name I don’t hear mentioned much in connection to SCLENDS is Catherine Buck-Morgan and it should be. Although I don’t know this for fact I suspect she is the one who created the name (had it been left to me I probably would have chosen something tree related). Additionally, she was a critical part of this happening. It may have happened without her involvement, it may not have, I don’t know. I do know it wouldn’t have happened as quickly and the way that it did.

Catherine was the head of IT at the State Library and closely involved with the distribution of LSTA money in the state. I later discovered that she had already written a concept paper for creating a resource sharing consortium in South Carolina. I don’t believe her idea was inherently based on open source but she did cite PINES as an example of what she was thinking of in terms of resource sharing. Her idea hadn’t been circulated outside the State Library but this had dovetailed with it perfectly. She was critical to getting us LSTA funding to kickstart the migrations.

SCLENDS would quickly move over to a self sufficient model independent of LSTA and State Library money but those funds paid for the first two years of hosting and many of the migration expenses over two fiscal years that included our first three waves of libraries. Partial funds also helped one later wave.

Honestly, I thought the idea would be a much tougher sell than it was. Eleven libraries attended that first meeting and I had imagined half would back out. In the end only one, Greenville County, chose not to join SCLENDS, objecting to sharing their videos with other libraries. Most of these discussions happened in January and early February. Then we got to work. In less than five months, driven in large part by a window of opportunity for grant monies, we went from a first meeting to go live.

Wave one went live in late May 2009 and consisted of the State Library itself, the Union County Library and Beaufort County Library System. I later went to the State Library myself for a tenure at the IT Director there where I ironically ended up working with the Union County director, Nancy Rosenwald. We had both taken positions there and had offices next to each other. I really enjoyed working with her both within SCLENDS and at the State Library. She also had good taste in tea. Beaufort had one of the most dramatic go live days when a construction crew cut their fiber line during the first day of go live. The story the local newspaper printed was essentially “Evergreen Fails” instead of “No Internet at Library.” I understand they later printed a retraction in small print in an obscure text box. Ray McBride after a stint as a museum director even took over the library system there proving that it is a very small world. I discovered that Beaufort had been investigating Evergreen in 2008 as well though not as far along nor with plans as definite as our’s in Florence.

Wave 2 was in October of 2009 and included Fairfield County, Dorchester County, Chesterfield County and Calhoun County. Frank Bruno of Dorchester I think I fought with as much as I agreed with. I remember his staff loved him because he supported them. He passed away last year and the world is poorer for losing him. Drusilla Carter left Chesterfield for Virginia where she helped start talks that may have led to their own Evergreen consortium and eventually landed in Conneticut where she is a part of Bibliomation, another Evergreen consortium. Kristen Simensen is still at the Calhoun County library and fighting the good fight. Sarah McMaster of Fairfield retired right around the same time I left South Carolina and her last SCLENDS meeting was, I believe, my last one as well. Aside from personally liking Sarah as a person, professionally, there isn’t a library in the country that would not benefit from having a copy of Sarah on staff.

Finally wave three went live in December and included my own library Florence. Shasta Brewer of the York County library became a close co-worker of mine over those months and became the leader of the early cataloging discussions. Faith Line of Anderson had pervious consortium start up experience and continued to long be a voice that people looked to leadership on the executive board. I believe it was Faith her that suggested the creation of the working groups to aid in the migration that eventually became the main functional staff bodies of the consortium. Even when there were later attempts to expand or redefine them the original ones persisted in being the main ones. In Florence, Ray served as the chair man of the board during the infancy of the consortium and after leaving came back to another SCLENDS library.

And there were others – other staff, other stories and later other libraries which brought yet more staff and stories. SCLENDS grew over the next few years. But those stories belong in other years. I may or may not write about those stories some day but I think they’re better documented so there is probably little need. Did I leave some things out? Sure. The Thanksgiving Day Massacre. The Networked Man Incident. The Impossible Script Mystery. Probably others as well, and they make for fun stories, but aren’t core to the history I think.

– Rogan

by roganhamby at October 05, 2016 01:37 AM

October 04, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 4, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

The 2016 Regional Roundtable series continued last week in Angola where 12 representatives from 5 libraries met to discuss upcoming projects, recent implementations, compared experiences, and put in requests for development and training. Thanks so much to Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County for hosting!

The 2016 Northeast Regional Roundtable participants at Carnegie PL of Steuben Co.
The 2016 Northeast Regional Roundtable participants at Carnegie PL of Steuben Co.

The next Roundtable will meet in Seymour in a couple of weeks! Registration is open for all future meetings. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Regional Roundtables!

  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Central: October 21, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Committee News

  • The eContent Committee will meet at 10am on October 11, 2016 at the Indiana State Library.
  • The Executive Committee will meet at 1pm on October 11, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. This meeting will be broadcast for remote viewing.

Maintenance Notices

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

October 13
Fall 2016 Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar [1 TLEU].
December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at October 04, 2016 04:22 PM

September 29, 2016

Bibliomation

New Libraries Everywhere!

In a matter of just a few weeks, we welcomed two new libraries into the Bibliomation family. The Milford Public Library went live on Evergreen on August 18th, and the Babcock Library in Ashford went live on September 23rd. Both of these migrations were completed with the help of Equinox Software, Inc. We have worked with Equinox on other migration projects in the past, and appreciate their expert guidance. We are thrilled to have Milford Public Library, a former Bibliomation member, back in the fold. The staff brings with them a great deal of enthusiasm, and they have taken to Evergreen very quickly.

Milford Public Library staff

Babcock Library has been through many changes lately. Thanks to the leadership of their interim director, Terry Decker, they weathered losing key staff in the midst of the project, and still managed to go live on their target date.

Babcock Library staff

In November, the Burnham Library in Bridgewater will be the final library to join Bibliomation in 2016. Stay tuned for news of their journey!

by biblio at September 29, 2016 05:22 PM

September 27, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 27, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

The 2016 Regional Roundtable series kicked off last week in Culver! 16 representatives from 7 libraries met to discuss upcoming projects, recent implementations, compared experiences, and put in requests for development and training. Thanks so much to Culver-Union Township for hosting!

The 2016 Northwest Regional Roundtable participants at Culver-Union Township PL
The 2016 Northwest Regional Roundtable participants at Culver-Union Twp PL

We’re off to Angola this week for the Northeast gathering! Registration is still open for all other sites. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Regional Roundtables!

  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Central: October 21, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Registration is now open (click on the links above); space is limited. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Cataloging together!

Cataloging Party at Walkerton-Lincoln Twp PL
Cataloging Party at Walkerton-Lincoln Twp PL

On September 22, 2016, staff from 5 Evergreen Indiana libraries gathered at the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library to kick off that library’s recataloging project. It was a very productive day, with approximately half of the juvenile fiction collection being completed! (That’s right! We STARTED with the picture books!) Special thanks go out to Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, Garrett Public Library, the Indiana State Library, and Noble County Public Library for sending staff to participate!

Additional sessions are upcoming for anyone who wanted to join us but was already booked on the 22nd!

Committee News

  • The eContent Committee will meet at 10am on October 11, 2016 at the Indiana State Library.
  • The Executive Committee will meet at 1pm on October 11, 2016 at the Indiana State Library.

Member News

  • Pike County Public Library welcomes new director Stephanie Rawlins.
  • Union City Public Library welcomes new director Paige Yoder.
  • Van Buren Public Library welcomes new director Shiloh McMullen.

Maintenance Notices

The post-migration deduplication has been completed. Over 80K records were affected. Catalogers are reminded that the roll-back term will close on October 23, 2016 for any noted mismerges.

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

October 13
Fall 2016 Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar [1 TLEU].
December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at September 27, 2016 12:35 PM

September 22, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.9.8 and 2.10.7 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.9.8 and 2.10.7, both bugfix releases.

Evergreen 2.9.8 fixes the following issues:

  • When adding a price to the Acquisitions Brief Record price field, it will now propogate to the lineitem estimated price field.
  • Declares UTF-8 encoding when printing from the catalog to resolve issues where non-ASCII characters printed incorrectly in some browsers.
  • Fixes an issue where the circ module sometimes skipped over booking logic even when booking was running on a system.

Evergreen 2.10.7 fixes the same issues fixed in 2.9.8, and also fixes the following:

  • Fixes an issue where the workstation parameter was not passed through the AuthProxy.pm login function, causing problems with opt-in settings and transit behaviors.

Please visit the downloads page to retrieve the server software and staff clients.

by Galen Charlton at September 22, 2016 01:26 AM

September 21, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 21, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

We’re off to Culver this week for the Northwest gathering! Registration is still open for all other sites. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Regional Roundtables!

  • Northeast: September 29, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, Angola, IN
  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Central: October 21, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee met at Greenwood Public Library on September 20, 2016. Subjects under discussion included updates to the Circulation Matrix, upcoming trainings, the Circulation Manual, and the DVD transit pilot. This meeting was recorded and may be viewed on YouTube. The committee will next meet on December 20, 2016 at Greenwood Public Library.

Maintenance Notice

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
October 13
Fall 2016 Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar [1 TLEU].
December 6
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
December 8
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at September 21, 2016 12:19 PM

September 14, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Milford Joins Bibliomation with Equinox Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–September 14, 2016

Bibliomation has partnered with Equinox on many occasions over the years.  Equinox is pleased to announce the completion of a project with the Connecticut-based organization.  Milford Public Library was successfully migrated to Evergreen in late August.  This was a joint effort between Equinox and Bibliomation.

Milford Public Library is located in Milford, Connecticut and serves 40,300 patrons with over 126,000 items.  Equinox provided migration of bibliographic records, items, patrons, and transactions from their previous system.  Equinox also handled project management and configuration of notifications as well as a deduplication of bibliographic records.  Bibliomation handled the rest of the configuration and will provide ongoing hosting and support.

Amy Terlaga, Direct of Member Services for Bibliomation, remarked; “We are so excited to have the Milford Public Library back as part of the Bibliomation family.  Their staff brings tremendous enthusiasm and will be fantastic assets to the Evergreen  community.  We look forward to our continued partnership with them.”

Rogan Hamby, Project and Data Analyst for Equinox, added; “I really enjoyed working with the Bibliomation and Milford staff on this migration, both are very passionate about library services and it’s exciting to watch services grow as new libraries join a consortium.”  

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Bibliomation

Bibliomation is Connecticut’s largest library consortium. Sixty public libraries and seventeen schools share an Evergreen system with centralized cataloging and a shared computer network. Bibliomation is Connecticut’s only open source consortium.  Members enjoy benefits beyond the ILS. Bibliomation offers top-notch cataloging, expert IT support, discounts on technology and library products, and regular trainings and workshops on a variety of topics. Non-members can take advantage of Bibliomation’s services as well. BiblioTech, OverDrive, and a wide range of consulting services are available.  For more information on Bibliomation, please visit http://www.biblio.org/.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

by Sara at September 14, 2016 03:11 PM

September 13, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

New Addition for Virginia Evergreen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–September 13, 2016

Equinox is happy to announce that yet another library has successfully migrated to Virginia Evergreen.  Halifax County South Boston-Public Library System is the ninth library system to join Virginia Evergreen which boasts close to thirty branches in total.  Halifax County-South Boston includes two branches:  Halifax Public Library and South Boston Public Library.

Jay Stephens, Director of Halifax Public Library, remarked; “It has been a pleasure working with Equinox.  Everyone is very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge to help out.”  He later added, “The training was awesome!  Mary rocks!”

In response, Equinox Training Service Librarian Mary Jinglewski had this to say about the migration; “I greatly enjoyed training with Halifax County South Boston Library System. They have a great community of caring staff members and I am excited that they’ll be a part of Virginia Evergreen moving forward!”

Equinox handled the migration from start to finish and will continue to support Halifax County-South Boston along with the rest of Virginia Evergreen.  

About Equinox Software, Inc.
Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

 

About Evergreen
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1,500 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

by Sara at September 13, 2016 05:24 PM

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 13, 2016

More input needed

At the request of the Executive Committee, we are soliciting additional input for the Patron Services Committee to consider for future amendments to the Circulation Matrix. Please take 2-3 minutes and share your thoughts:

Circ Mods Survey: Audiobooks and Equipment

2016 Fall Cataloging Roundtable

Please register now for the 2016 Fall Cataloging Roundtable webinar on October 13, 2016. The roundtable will open at 10am EDT with a 1 hour training and then open discussion will follow. This fall’s roundtable, featuring Monica Boyer (JCPL) and Britta Dorsey (TTPL), will refresh your memory on merging bibliographic records in Evergreen and will explore other parts of the Record Buckets module as well. It will also cover the best ways to transfer your volumes and items, helping to keep your work efficient and your statistics accurate.

Get your registration in now for the 2016 Regional Roundtables!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Regional Roundtables!

  • Northwest: September 23, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Culver-Union Township Public Library, Culver, IN
  • Northeast: September 29, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, Angola, IN
  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Central: October 21, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Registration is now open (click on the links above); space is limited. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Migration News

Show off your cataloging skills at a cataloging party on September 22, 2016 afternoon at Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library! WKRTN is cataloging directly into Evergreen Indiana as part of their migration. Please let Anna know if you would like to join us and help out with some copy cataloging that day.

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee will meet at 10am at Greenwood Public Library on September 20, 2016. Subjects under discussion will include the Circulation Matrix, upcoming trainings, the Circulation Manual, and the DVD transit pilot.

Maintenance Notice

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
October 13
Fall 2016 Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar [1 TLEU].

by admin at September 13, 2016 02:02 PM

September 07, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 7, 2016

All Dates Now Set: Regional Roundtables

Please mark your calendars and get your registration in for this year’s Regional Roundtables! This is a terrific opportunity for all support and administrative staff to gather and discuss ideas, requests, and issues relating to Evergreen Indiana. Representatives from the committees will be on hand to gather input for current and future projects.

  • Northwest: September 23, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Culver-Union Township Public Library, Culver, IN
  • Northeast: September 29, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, Angola, IN
  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Central: October 21, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT; Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT; Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN

Registration is now open (click on the links above); space is limited. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Migration News: It’s a Celebration!!!

We’re holding a cataloging party on September 22, 2016 afternoon at Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library! WKRTN is cataloging directly into Evergreen Indiana as part of their migration. Please let Anna know if you would like to join us and help out with some copy cataloging that day.

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee met on September 1, 2016 at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. Highlights of the meeting included approving several updates to the Procedures Guide, which will be published shortly, updates on the Authority Control implementation, and a postponement of the deduplication process. Please watch the listservs for updates on those timelines.

Maintenance Notice

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.

by admin at September 07, 2016 07:35 PM

August 30, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 30, 2016

Regional Roundtables Return!

Please mark your calendars and get your registration in for this year’s Regional Roundtables! This is a terrific opportunity for support and administrative staff to gather and discuss ideas, requests, and issues relating to Evergreen Indiana. Representatives from the committees will be on hand to gather input for current and future projects.

  • Northwest: September 23, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT;
    Culver-Union Township Public Library, Culver, IN
  • Northeast: September 29, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT;
    Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, Angola, IN
  • Southeast: October 20, 2016, 10am-Noon, EDT;
    Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN
  • Southwest: October 28, 2016, 10am-Noon, CDT;
    Spencer County Public Library, Rockport, IN
  • Central: TBA, 10am-Noon, EDT;
    Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, IN [Registration will open shortly]

Registration is now open (click on the links above); space is limited. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Migration News: Cataloging Party!!!

We’re holding a cataloging party on September 22, 2016 afternoon at Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library! WKRTN is cataloging directly into Evergreen Indiana as part of their migration, and we’d like to help them jumpstart the process. Please let Anna know if you would like to join us and help out with some copy cataloging that day.

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee will meet at 10am on September 1, 2016 at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.

Maintenance Notice

The next Evergreen software upgrade has been scheduled for December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017. All library access to the database will be suspended during that window.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.

by admin at August 30, 2016 04:54 PM

August 26, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.9.7 and 2.10.6 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.9.7 and 2.10.6, both bugfix releases.

Evergreen 2.9.7 fixes the following issues:

  • The claims never checked out counter on the patron record is now incremented correctly when marking a lost loan as claims-never-checked-out.
  • When a transit is canceled, the copy’s status is changed only if its status was previously “In Transit”.
  • Retrieving records with embedded holdings via SRU and Z39.50 is now faster.
  • The hold status message in the public catalog now uses better grammar.
  • The error message displayed when a patron attempts to place a hold but is prevented from doing so due to policy reasons is now more likely to be useful.
  • The public catalog now draws the edition statement only from the 250 field; it no longer tries to check the 534 and 775 fields.
  • Embedded schema.org microdata now uses “offeredBy” rather than “seller”.
  • The ContentCafe added content plugin now handles the “fake” ISBNs that Baker and Taylor assigns to media items.
  • Attempting to renew a rental or deposit item in the public catalog no longer causes an internal server error.
  • Various format icons now have transparent backgrounds (as opposed to white).
  • The staff client will no longer wait indefinitely for Novelist to supply added content, improving its responsiveness.
  • A few additional strings are now marked as translatable.

Evergreen 2.10.6 fixes the same issues fixed in 2.9.7, and also fixes the following:

  • Those stock Action Trigger event definitions that send email will now include a Date header.
  • Prorating invoice charges now works again.
  • A performance issue with sorting entries on the public catalog circulation history page is fixed.
  • Various style and responsive design improvements are made to the circulation and holds history pages in the public catalog.
  • The public catalog holds history page now indicates if a hold had been fulfilled.

Evergreen 2.10.6 also includes updated translations. In particular, Spanish has received a huge update with over 9,000 new translations, Czech has received a sizable update of over 800 translations, and additional smaller updates have been added for Arabic, French (Canada), and Armenian.

Please visit the downloads page to retrieve the server software and staff clients.

by Galen Charlton at August 26, 2016 12:59 AM

August 23, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 23, 2016

Welcome Orleans Town & Township Public Library!

Orleans Migration Collage
On August 22, 2016, Orleans Town & Township Public Library migrated to Evergreen Indiana. Orleans is our 111th active member library and joins Melton Public Library and Paoli Public Library in serving the residents of Orange County.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.

Please forward and share with your staff and other interested parties. For additional information, please visit the Evergreen Indiana website.

by admin at August 23, 2016 07:31 PM

August 09, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 9, 2016

Committee News

The Executive Committee met on August 9, 2016 at 1pm at the Indiana State Library. This meeting was recorded and may be viewed on Youtube. A recap will be issued the support list shortly. The Executive Committee will meet again on October 11, 2016.

The eContent Committee meeting on August 9, 2016 was cancelled. The next meeting has been tentatively set for October 11, 2016.

Migration News

The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016. Orleans has opened up their on-site training to other area libraries! Please see below for registration links if you’d like to send staff to in-person Basic Circulation and Holds trainings.

Catalogers should note that a modified freeze will be in place beginning at 7am August 19, 2016-8am August 22, 2016. Please watch the listserv for updates to that timeline. During a modified cataloging freeze, staff are welcome to add and modify holdings. Other cataloging activities are suspended.

We are putting together final lists of who may be able to send staff to the migration go-live and first weeks! Please let Anna know if and when you are planning to send staff.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

August 17
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (3 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (2 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.

by admin at August 09, 2016 07:16 PM

August 05, 2016

Dyrcona's Evergreen Blog

NCIPServer: better_abstraction branch merged into master

The Evergreen ILS driver for the NCIPServer software reached a milestone with the merge of the better_abstraction working branch into the master NCIPServer repository. (NCIPServer is a NCIP version 2.02 responder for processing ILL transactions.) This merge comes after many months of production use with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Catalog.

While this merge marks the end of development on the better_abstraction branch, it is not the end of the road for NCIPServer development with Evergreen. For one thing, NCIPServer needs documentation. The README is just a placeholder. Jason Boyer of Indiana is working on improvements to the request item response messages. Also, we've given up on any pretense of compatibility with Koha, so there is code to be deleted and examples to be updated. Finally, it would be nice to have an installation method better than just copying files into place and manually editing the configuration.

It is recommended that those using the better_abstraction branch in production switch to the master branch of the main repository.

by Jason Stephenson (noreply@blogger.com) at August 05, 2016 02:15 PM

August 02, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 2, 2016

Welcome to Evergreen Indiana!

Garrett Public Library's Go-live

On Monday, August 1, 2016, Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrated to Evergreen Indiana! 9 guest staff were in attendance. Special thanks go out to Peabody Public Library and Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library for your extra assistance in supporting our newest members!

ECKRT - Go Live - web

Last Call! In-person Advanced Cataloging Workshop

Monica Boyer will present an in-person Advanced Cataloging workshop on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 9am-4:30pm at Jackson County Public Library in Seymour. This workshop is required for anyone who creates, imports, or edits bibliographic records in Evergreen Indiana. Space is limited; please contact Monica (monica@myjclibrary.org) to register.

Committee News

The Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on August 9, 2016 at 1pm at the Indiana State Library. This meeting will be broadcast and recorded.

The eContent Committee meeting on August 9, 2016 has been cancelled. The next meeting has been tentatively set for October 11, 2016.

eIDC News

The eIndiana Digital Consortium welcomed new member Westfield-Washington Public Library on August 1, 2016. The catalog records for OverDrive will be updated shortly.

Migration News

The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016. Orleans has opened up their on-site training to other area libraries! Please see below for registration links if you’d like to send staff to in-person Basic Circulation and Holds trainings.

Catalogers should note that a modified freeze will be in place beginning at 7am August 19, 2016-8am August 22, 2016. Please watch the listserv for updates to that timeline. During a modified cataloging freeze, staff are welcome to add and modify holdings. Other cataloging activities are suspended.

We are putting together final lists of who may be able to send staff to the migration go-live and first weeks! Please let Anna know if and when you are planning to send staff.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

August 4
SRCS and EI: An NCIP Workflow, 10am-11am EDT, webinar. (1 TLEU)
August 5
Advanced Cataloging Workshop, 9am-4:30pm, Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN (6 TLEU): Register by emailing Monica at monica@myjclibrary.org
August 17
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (3 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (2 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 27
Advanced Cataloging, Part I, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.
September 28
Advanced Cataloging, Part II, 9am-Noon, Webinar. You must register for and attend both parts to be eligible for your Cat1 and receive your 6 TLEUs.

by admin at August 02, 2016 07:30 PM

July 27, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — July 27, 2016

EI SRCS Demo

We are putting together a streaming demo of the workflow for EI libraries that are part of the Phase 1 SRCS participants. This will show how the NCIP connection streamlines the process and discuss specifically how to include these requests in your holds/transits workflow. This training is being tentatively scheduled for August 4, 2016 at 10am. Please mark your calendars and watch the listservs for participation information. This training is expected to be archived for anyone who isn’t able to attend live.

Advanced Cataloging Workshop

Monica Boyer will present an in-person Advanced Cataloging workshop on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 9am-4:30pm at Jackson County Public Library in Seymour. This workshop is required for anyone who creates, imports, or edits bibliographic records in Evergreen Indiana. Space is limited; please contact Monica (monica@myjclibrary.org) to register.

Regional Roundtables Update

We are soliciting sites for the 2016 Regional Roundtable series! We’re still looking for a site in the Northeast region, so if your library has availability to host in September-October, please let Anna know! Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered their library as a host site!

Committee News

The Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on August 9, 2016 at 1pm at the Indiana State Library.
The eContent Committee is scheduled to meet on August 9, 2016 at 10 am at the Indiana State Library.

Migration News

The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016. We look forward to welcoming them to the community and visiting with everyone who is sending staff for the training and go-live.

Catalogers should note that a modified freeze will be in place beginning at 7am July 29-8am August 1, 2016. Please watch the listserv for updates to that timeline. During a modified cataloging freeze, staff are welcome to add and modify holdings. Other cataloging activities are suspended.

The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016. Orleans has opened up their on-site training to other area libraries! Please see below for registration links if you’d like to send staff to in-person Basic Circulation and Holds trainings.

We are putting together final lists of who may be able to send staff to the migration go-lives and first weeks! Please let Anna know if and when you are planning to send staff. Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

July 30
Local Administration, 9am-12pm, Eckhart Public Library, Auburn IN (3 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
August 4
EI and SRCS, 10am-11am, streaming. Registration and participation information to be released shortly.
August 5
Advanced Cataloging Workshop, 9am-4:30pm, Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN (6 TLEU): Register by emailing Monica at monica@myjclibrary.org
August 17
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (3 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (2 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at July 27, 2016 12:27 PM

July 26, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Altoona Area Public Library Joins SPARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–July 26, 2016

Equinox is proud to announce that Altoona Area Public Library was added to SPARK, the Pennsylvania Consortium overseen by PaILS.  Equinox has been providing full hosting, support, and migration to PaILS since 2013.  In that time, SPARK has seen explosive growth.  As of this writing, 105 libraries have migrated or plan to migrate within the next year.  Over 3,000,000 items have circulated in 2016 to over 550,000 patrons.  We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing progress!

Altoona went live on June 16.  Equinox performed the migration and also provided training to Altoona staff.  They are the first of 8 libraries coming together into the Blair County Library System.  This is the first SPARK migration where libraries within the same county are on separate databases and are merging patrons and coming together to resource share within a unified system.  Altoona serves 46,321 patrons with 137,392 items.

Mary Jinglewski, Equinox Training Services Librarian, had this to say about the move:  “I enjoyed training with Altoona Area Public Library, and I think they will be a great member of the PaILS community moving forward!”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, the open source ILS developed using Evergreen Open Source ILS.  PaILS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The SPARK User Group members make recommendations and inform the Board of Directors.  A growing number of libraries large and small are PaILS members.

For more information about about PaILS and SPARK, please visit http://sparkpa.org/.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.

For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

by Sara at July 26, 2016 05:21 PM

July 25, 2016

Dyrcona's Evergreen Blog

Parameters Spreadsheet Utility Updated


Coincident with the move to github, the parameters.pl program in my Evergreen utilities suite received a code update. It now lists all of the fields from the circulation and hold matrix matchpoint tables. Prior to this update, it only output those fields used by MVLC. This change makes the script more useful to other Evergreen sites.

by Jason Stephenson (noreply@blogger.com) at July 25, 2016 04:36 PM

July 21, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Johnston Joins NC Cardinal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–July 21, 2016

Equinox is pleased to announce that Johnston County Public Library has been successfully migrated to Evergreen in the NC Cardinal Consortium.  The Equinox team completed the migration in late May.  Johnston County Public Library includes ten branches and serves almost 48,000 patrons with over 174,000 items.

Johnston joins Cumberland, Neuse, Henderson, Rockingham, and Iredell in the use of the Acquisitions module within NC Cardinal.  The addition of Johnston’s 10 branches brings NC Cardinal’s grand total to 153.  Equinox is proud to be a part of NC Cardinal’s continued growth!

Mary Jinglewski, Equinox Training Services Librarian, worked closely with Johnston during the transition, providing training on Evergreen.  She remarked, “It was a lovely experience training with Johnston County Public Libraries. I believe they will be a wonderful addition and community member of NC Cardinal.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, almost 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

About Sequoia

Sequoia is a cloud-based library solutions platform for Evergreen, Koha, FulfILLment, and more, providing the highest possible uptime, performance, and capabilities of any library automation platform available. Over 27,000,000 items were circulated within the Sequoia platform in the last year.  It was designed by Equinox engineers in order to ensure that our customers are always running the most stable, up to date version of the software they choose.  For more information on Sequoia, please visit http://esilibrary.com/what-we-do/sequoia/.

 

by Sara at July 21, 2016 06:15 PM

July 19, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — July 19, 2016

Regional Roundtables Returning!

We are now soliciting sites for the 2016 Regional Roundtable series! If your library is centrally located in one of the five regions (Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest) and has some availability to host in September-October, please let Anna know!

Migration News

  • The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016. Their on-site training for Local Administration and Reporting is open to other area libraries! Please see below for registration links if you’d like to send staff.

    Catalogers should note that a modified freeze will be in place beginning at 7am July 29-8am August 1, 2016. Please watch the listserv for updates to that timeline. During a modified cataloging freeze, staff are welcome to add and modify holdings. Other cataloging activities are suspended.

  • The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016. Orleans has opened up their on-site training to other area libraries! Please see below for registration links if you’d like to send staff to in-person Basic Circulation and Holds trainings.

We are now putting together lists of who may be able to send staff to the migration go-lives and first weeks! Please let Anna know if and when you are planning to send staff. Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

July 30
Local Administration, 9am-12pm, Eckhart Public Library, Auburn IN (3 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
August 17
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (3 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Orleans Town & Township Public Library, Orleans, IN (2 TLEU) [Participants must provide own laptop.]
September 12
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
September 14
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1pm-3pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at July 19, 2016 06:00 PM