Open Source Integrated Library System

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

July 12, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — July 12, 2016

Acquisitions at your library?

We are getting ready to make interested member libraries active in the Acquisitions module. If you would like to implement Acquisitions at your library this fall, please email Anna with the primary contact to lead this project.

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.
  • 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.

EIPP Reports Update

The available history for EIPP reports has been extended to 60 reports. We hope this will assist with any bookkeeping queries that arise related to the passing funds!

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 12, 2016 06:49 PM

July 11, 2016

Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative

MassLNC Welcomes New Partners to Evergreen Development Initiative

The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) is pleased to welcome three new partners to its initiative to fund development in the Evergreen open-source Integrated Library System.

Bibliomation (Connecticut), BC Libraries Cooperative (Canada) and Howe Library (New Hampshire) are joining the new MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative. The project is 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.

The new partners are joining two Massachusetts consortia – Central / Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing (C/W MARS) and North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) – in this collaborative development project.

For the past six years, Massachusetts consortia running Evergreen have discovered that pooling their development funds has resulted in more and larger development projects than they would have been able to fund on their own. Their cooperative development efforts have led to projects like support for text notifications; a message center where patrons can easily access important notifications from the catalog (in partnership with Georgia Public Library Service); and an upcoming project to incorporate a popularity metric in the search results ranking algorithm (in partnership with Bibliomation).

The Initiative is an effort to extend this success to Evergreen sites outside of Massachusetts. More information about the Initiative is available at http://masslnc.org/eg-dev.
 

by Kathy Lussier at July 11, 2016 03:29 PM

July 09, 2016

Dyrcona's Evergreen Blog

Evergreen Utilities Moved to github

I have made a clone of my Evergreen ILS Perl and SQL utilities on github. The new location is https://github.com/Dyrcona/evergreen_utilities. If you have been using these utilities, you may want to change your remotes to the new location.

I can't say how long the repository will be available at the old location, but as far as I know there are no plans to take it down any time soon.

I will have another post ready shortly that explains a recent update to the utility that builds a spreadsheet of your circulation and holds parameters.

by Jason Stephenson (noreply@blogger.com) at July 09, 2016 07:24 PM

July 07, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Another Library Joins the Evergreen Virginia Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, GA–July 7, 2016

Equinox is pleased to announce that it has successfully migrated Amherst County Public Library to Evergreen within the Evergreen Virginia Project, managed by the Library of Virginia.  Equinox completed the migration in early June.  Amherst is hosted on Equinox’s Sequoia platform along with the rest of the consortium.

Amherst has two locations and circulates over 100,000 items plus electronic resources.  The two locations serve close to 16,000 patrons in Amherst County.  Rose Schoof, Evergreen Virginia Project Manager, had this to say about the migration:  “The word to describe our migration process would be “easy”.  The vast knowledge that Erica and the rest of the team possess is phenomenal.”

The addition of Amherst brings the number of libraries in the Evergreen Virginia Project to 23.  We look forward to helping the Project grow even more in the years to come.

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, almost 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 1200 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 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 07, 2016 02:29 PM

July 05, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — July 5, 2016

Migration News

-The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016.
-The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016.

Please mark your calendars if you are a neighboring library and wish to send staff either for the go-live or that first week as support! Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Deadlines

The library card and barcode pool is now open through July 11, 2016. If you wish to participate in this pool, please contact Anna for pricing and ordering instructions.

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 05, 2016 07:08 PM

June 28, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — June 28, 2016

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee met at Greenwood Public Library on June 21, 2016. The meeting was recorded and may be viewed online.

eIDC News

Due to the overwhelming number of recommendations being received by some eIDC libraries, the eIDC Advisory group has voted that the Recommend to Library feature be limited to 1 request per week per patron. This will be implemented on July 1, 2016.

Migration News

  • The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016.
  • The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016.

Please mark your calendars if you are a neighboring library and wish to send staff! Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Transit News

Jefferson County Public Library’s Hanover Branch [JFCPLH] will be a separate location for INfoExpress deliveries beginning on July 1, 2016. Please send all transits for that location directly to the branch after that date.

The Indiana State Library will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday, and INfoExpress service will be suspended on Monday, July 4, 2016.

Deadlines

The new library card and barcode pool will open on July 5, 2016 and close on July 11, 2016. If you wish to participate in this pool, please contact Anna for pricing and ordering instructions.

The Cat1 Refresher term for 2015/16 closes on June 30, 2016. Catalogers must complete their refresh training in order to avoid an interruption in cataloging permissions. Please see the Cataloging Listserv for more information.

by admin at June 28, 2016 06:27 PM

June 22, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

See You In Orlando!

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We’re packing up and preparing to head to Orlando for ALA Annual this week!  Equinox will be in Booth 1175. Throughout the conference, you’ll find Mike, Grace, Mary, Galen, Shae, and Dale in the booth ready to answer your questions.  We’d love for you to come visit and do a little crafting with us.  Crafting?  Yes–CRAFTING.  We’ll have some supplies ready for you to make a little DIY swag.  Quantities are limited, so make sure to see us early.

As usual, the Equinox team will be available in the booth to discuss Evergreen, Koha, and FulfILLment.  We’ll also be attending a few programs and, of course, the Evergreen Meet-Up.  Directly following the Evergreen Meet-Up, Equinox is hosting a Happy Hour for the Evergreen aficionados in attendance.  Come chat with us at the Equinox booth to get more information!

The Equinox team is so proud of the proactive approach ALA has taken toward the senseless tragedy in Orlando recently.  We will be participating in some of the relief events.  We will be attending the Pulse Victim’s Memorial on Saturday to pay our respects and you’ll also find some of the team donating blood throughout the weekend.

We’re looking forward to the conference but most of all, we’re looking forward to seeing YOU.  Stop by and say hello at Booth 1175!

by Sara at June 22, 2016 04:30 PM

June 21, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — June 21, 2016

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee is meeting today at Greenwood Public Library. Libraries are invited to view that meeting online.

eIDC News

At the recommendation of the eIDC advisory group, eIDC patrons may now borrow up to 10 ebooks, eaudiobooks, and evideos at a time. The limit on periodicals has been increased to 5. Holds limits have been adjusted to match the new circulation limits.

Migration News

  • The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016.
  • The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016. Please note the new date.

Please mark your calendars if you are a neighboring library and wish to send staff! Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at June 21, 2016 01:03 PM

June 16, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.9.6 and 2.10.5 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.9.6 and 2.10.5, both bugfix releases.

Evergreen 2.9.6 fixes the following issues:

  • Emails sent using the Action Trigger SendEmail reactor now always MIME-encode the From, To, Subject, Bcc, Cc, Reply-To, and Sender headers. As a consequence, non-ASCII character in those fields are more likely to be displayed correctly in email clients.
  • Fixes the responsive view of the My Account Items Out screen so that Title and Author are now in separate columns.
  • Fixes an incorrect link for the MVF field definition and adds a new link to BRE in fm_IDL.xml.

Evergreen 2.10.5 fixes the following issues:

  • Fixes SIP2 failures with patron information messages when a patron has one or more blocking penalties that are not otherwise ignored.
  • Recovers a previously existing activity log entry that logged the username, authtoken, and workstation (when available) for successful logins.
  • Fixes an error that occurred when the system attempted to display a translated string for the “Has Local Copy” hold placement error message.
  • Fixes an issue where the Show More/Show Fewer Details button didn’t work in catalogs that default to showing more details.
  • Removes Social Security Number as a stock patron identification type for new installations. This fix does not change patron identification types for existing Evergreen systems.
  • Adds two missing link fields (patron profile and patron home library) to the fm_idl.xml for the Combined Active and Aged Circulations (combcirc) reporter source.
  • Adds a performance improvement for the “Clear Holds Shelf” checkin modifier.

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

by Galen Charlton at June 16, 2016 03:21 AM

June 14, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — June 14, 2016

Committee News

The eContent Committee met at the Indiana State Library on June 14, 2016 at 10am. Vendor presentations included Unique Management Services’ new Live Chat program and the SkillSoft follow-up. Quotes and buying group information will be posted to the eContent listserv.

The Executive Committee met at the Indiana State Library on June 14, 2016 at 1pm. This meeting was streamed and recorded.

Member News

Warren Public Library will celebrate their centennial with an open house on June 18, 2016, 10am-2pm.

Migration News

  • The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016.
  • The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 22, 2016. Please note the new date.

Please mark your calendars if you are a neighboring library and wish to send staff! Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities


June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at June 14, 2016 08:00 PM

June 13, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Meet Up with Other Evergreeners at ALA

Join us at the American Library Association Conference in Orlando 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 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room W414B of the Orange County Convention Center. All ALA attendees interested in learning about Evergreen are invited to attend.

by Kathy Lussier at June 13, 2016 08:44 PM

June 07, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — June 7, 2016

Committee News

The eContent Committee will meet at the Indiana State Library on June 14, 2016 at 10am. Vendor presentations will include Unique Management Services’ new Live Chat program and the SkillSoft follow-up.

The Executive Committee will meet at the Indiana State Library on June 14, 2016 at 1pm. Topics under discussion will include the 2017 budget and the circulation matrix. This meeting will be streamed and recorded for remote viewing.

Member News

  • Odon Winkelpleck Public Library welcomes new director Susan Graber.
  • Warren Public Library will celebrate their centennial with an open house on June 18, 2016, 10am-2pm.

Vendor Presentation

Niche Academy returns with a presentation of their expanded catalog and newly discounted pricing. Please see the eContent listserv for pricing. A webinar demonstration will be offered for any interested library on June 20, 2016 at 10am. Sign up here: http://www.nicheacademy.com/webinar-for-evergreen-indiana-libraries.

Migration News

  • The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been scheduled for August 1, 2016.
  • The Orleans Town and Township Public Library migration has been scheduled for August 15, 2016.

Please mark your calendars if you are a neighboring library and wish to send staff! Additional information about cataloging freezes will be released closer to the migrations.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at June 07, 2016 08:00 PM

May 25, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.4 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.10.4, a bug fix release.

Evergreen 2.10.4 fixes the following issues:

  • Fixes the responsive view of the My Account Items Out screen so that Title and
    Author are now in separate columns.
  • Fixes an incorrect link for the MVF field definition and adds a new link to
    BRE in fm_IDL.xml.
  • Fixes a bug where the MARC stream authority cleanup deleted a bib
    record instead of an authority record from the authority queue.
  • Fixes a bug where Action Triggers could select an inactive event
    definition when running.
  • Eliminates the output of a null byte after a spool file is processed
    in MARC steam importer.
  • Fixes an issue where previously-checked-out items did not display in
    metarecord searches when the Tag Circulated Items Library Setting is
    enabled.
  • Fixes an issue in the 0951 upgrade script where the script was not
    inserting the version into config.upgrade_log because the line to do so
    was still commented out.

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

by Galen Charlton at May 25, 2016 09:55 PM

May 24, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — May 24, 2016

Support Notice

The Indiana State Library will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, and INfoExpress service will be suspended on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee will meet at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library on June 2, 2016 at 10am. Topics under discussion will include the recent deduplication and the spring roundtable.

Deadlines

The Committee election cycle closes tomorrow. Please be sure to get your votes in!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 7
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.
June 8
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 May 24, 2016 07:35 PM

May 18, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.9.5 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.9.5, a bug fix release.

Evergreen 2.9.5 fixes the following issues:

  • Email templates now properly encode header fields.
  • Fix an incorrect link field in the IDL.
  • Fix labels for Author and Title fields in Items Out of the OPAC when viewed on a small screen.

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

by Jason Stephenson at May 18, 2016 05:52 PM

May 17, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — May 17, 2016

Member News

  • Fulton County Public Library welcomes interim director Andrea Stineback.
  • Greensburg-Decatur County Contractual Public Library welcomes interim director Vanessa Martin.

Deadlines

The Committee election cycle closes next week. Please be sure to get your votes in!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at May 17, 2016 07:47 PM

Equinox Blog and News

Alexander County Library Goes Live on Evergreen with NC Cardinal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2016–Duluth, Georgia

Equinox is thrilled to announce that yet another library has been added to NC Cardinal recently.  Alexander County Library migrated to Evergreen as part of NC Cardinal in early May.  Alexander County Library is comprised of two branches serving over 21,000 patrons with over 52,000 items.  NC Cardinal is leveraging the Sequoia platform from Equinox to host their Evergreen instance.

When asked about the migration, Alexander County Library Director Laura Crooks remarked, “We just went live Thursday (May 5th), and so far it’s going very well.  The Equinox folks have been working with us along the way to make sure our transition to Evergreen would be smooth, and it really is.  We’ve had very few unexpected data issues (those very small), and the whole Equinox and NC Cardinal team have been very available and quick with support for problems and questions.”

Mike Rylander, Equinox President, added:  “It’s so exciting to see NC Cardinal continue to grow as quickly as they’d like on our Sequoia Platform.  NC Cardinal and all the constituent libraries have proven to be excellent partners and we couldn’t be happier to work with them.  The addition of Alexander will benefit both their patrons and the entire 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 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. Sequoia 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 May 17, 2016 02:56 PM

May 12, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Successful Integration Testing Between meeScan and Evergreen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–May 12, 2016

Equinox and Bintec conduct successful integration testing between meeScan and Evergreen

Equinox is pleased to announce successful integration testing between the meeScan self checkout system provided by Bintec Library Services and the Evergreen open source ILS. Additional information regarding how to configure Evergreen to work with meeScan will be made available to the Evergreen community.

Galen Charlton, Added Services Manager at Equinox, said, “One of the strengths of Evergreen is its ability to integrate with other library software. By performing interoperability testing with firms such as Bintec, Equinox helps to identify and resolve technical roadblocks before they become an issue for libraries.”

Peter Trenciansky, Director for Bintec Library Services commented “We are very excited to offer meeScan to Evergreen libraries around the world. Our service provides a modern and fresh way to check out items while eliminating traditional challenges associated with self-service kiosks. The collaboration between Equinox and Bintec is another milestone towards our goal of  contributing to the development of a new generation of welcoming and engaging libraries.”

About Bintec

Bintec Library Services Inc. is a technology company dedicated to the development of solutions that provide added value to libraries and enrich the user experience. The knowledgeable team behind Bintec delivers software and hardware solutions encompassing electromagnetic (EM) security, radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies, ILS systems integration, large cloud-based architecture and mobile app development. The company is based in Toronto, Canada and services customers across North America and other parts of the world. To find out more visit binteclibraryservices.com

About meeScan

meeScan is a cloud based self checkout system that lets patrons use their smartphones to check out books anywhere in their library. The system uses the built-in camera of the patron’s smartphone or tablet to scan the item barcode. With support for both EM and RFID, it is a full featured alternative to conventional self-check kiosks at a fraction of the cost. meeScan is extremely user friendly, it is simple to setup and requires virtually zero maintenance by the library. Find out more at meescan.com

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.

by Sara at May 12, 2016 12:09 PM

May 10, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — May 10, 2016

Evergreen ILS 2015 Annual Report

The international Evergreen project released an annual report for 2015. Its highlights include software development stats, celebrations of community contributions, Evergreen events and participation, implementation stats around the world, and a look ahead at development. Released digitally, there are web-optimized and printable versions available. Please check out the record in the Evergreen Indiana catalog to take a look!

Member News

Please join me in welcoming Orleans Town and Township Public Library and Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library to Evergreen Indiana! Both libraries plan to go live later this year.

Migration News

The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been tentatively scheduled for August 1, 2016.

Deadlines

The Committee election cycle closes in 15 days. Please be sure to get your votes in!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at May 10, 2016 06:20 PM

May 09, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.3 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen 2.10.3, a critical bugfix release.

  • Evergreen 2.10.3 fixes a critical bug wherein a newly-registered patron record could not be used to log in to Evergreen using the password supplied during registration. Under some circumstances, the same bug could also prevent patron records that were modified via the patron registration form from being used to log in.
  • Also, emails sent using the Action Trigger SendEmail reactor now always MIME-encode the From, To, Subject, Bcc, Cc, Reply-To, and Sender headers. As a consequence, non-ASCII character in those fields are more likely to be displayed correctly in email clients.

Please visit the downloads page to retrieve the server software and staff clients. Due to the nature of the critical bug fixed in this release, we strongly recommend that users and testers of the 2.10.x series upgrade as soon as possible.

by Galen Charlton at May 09, 2016 11:51 PM

May 02, 2016

Rogan Hamby

Evergreen Conference 2016 and After Thoughts

Once a year I let some time pass from the Evergreen Conference before I try to capture my thoughts about it.  Finding myself in a contemplative mood this evening I finally decided to do it.  

What should I write about?  The NC Cardinal folks did a great job, it’s an insane amount of work and they tackled it well.  There were a lot of great presentations.  The hospitality staff running the meeting rooms at the Sheraton were wonderful.  The Resistance was the game of the conference and I had a great time playing it.  As a member of the response team I was heartened that I was unneeded.  Honestly, I’ve been to far larger library events where they should make a model of the balanced, relaxed environment and professionalism of the Evergreen conference.  I had a great time meeting new folks at breakfasts and dinners.

My SQL pre-conference workshop went well.  One person told me that I really helped them with things they had struggled with.  Another told me they used the notes from my workshop last year during the entire intervening year.  Being told things like that make all the work worth it.  

My statistics heavy presentation went well and I think I kept everyone awake even though by the end I had created more questions than I had answered.  I showed some clear relationships and likelihood of predictability of data if we can get enough data sets to compare and account for the variables influencing holds.  I think the data also clearly shows the value of sharing materials in a consortium.  I have a dozen thoughts on this that will be their own blog post at some point.

The biggest thing that stands out thinking back on it though is the lack of surprises.  In the early days of the Evergreen Conference I never quite felt like I knew what to expect.  Enthusiasm and passion for Evergreen are as strong now as they were at the very first Evergreen Conference but things have changed.  In the early days of the conference we had presentations about things like “How We Made Evergreen Work For Us.”  I stood at the front of the room doing a few of those myself.  Those are long gone.  The experiences, the presentations they reflect, for lack of a better term, are matured.  So has Evergreen.  So has the community.

We don’t have everything figured out but we’re not trying to figure out if we can manage the challenges either.  

This weighs heavily on my thoughts because I saw an article that implied that open source software isn’t as mature as proprietary solutions.  I feel like the assumptions implicit were numerous and would take more time than I have here to deconstruct but again, might be a good future blog post or article.  

Obviously, the perception of non-users of the software and non-members of the community doesn’t sync up with that of those who do use it and are members of the community.  I’m not saying my feelings are universal but upon talking to others I know they are widely shared.  So, why?  

I believe Evergreen falls into a common pattern of technologies maturing.  Indeed, open source itself does.  Open source is a development methodology but it’s also a shared platform of technologies that build upon each other in chaotic way more akin to natural selection than design.  Why can people who see the adoption and maturation patterns of something like DVD players can't see that it isn’t that different for software?  I don’t know.  Much like my consortial data presentation I feel like I’m leaving this with more questions created than I’ve answered but maybe that’s a good sign that I’m on the right path.

by Rogan at May 02, 2016 12:19 AM

April 29, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.2, 2.9.4, and 2.8.8 released

On behalf of 2.10 release maintainer Galen Charlton, 2.9 release maintainer Jason Stephenson, and 2.8 release maintainer Bill Erickson, we are pleased to announced the following releases:

All three releases are bugfix releases. With these releases, support for Debian Squeeze is dropped, as that release of Debian is no longer supported or available.  Also, 2.8.8 is the last scheduled release in the 2.8.x series, although future security releases may be made if warranted.

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

by Galen Charlton at April 29, 2016 02:39 PM

April 28, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Two New Additions to NC Cardinal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Duluth, GA–April 28, 2016

Equinox is proud to announce that NC Cardinal, one of the largest Evergreen Consortia, now has two new members.  Iredell County Public Library and Henderson County Public Library were recently migrated to Evergreen.  These two additions bring NC Cardinal’s total library count to 143.

Henderson County has six branches and migrated over 185,000 bib records along with almost 72,000 patrons.  Iredell County has three branches and migrated 173,000 bib records and almost 41,000 patrons.  Equinox performed the migration and data extract and will continue to provide support and training.  Both libraries are now using Acquisitions within NC Cardinal.

Trina Rushing, Director at Henderson County, had this to say about the move:  “It was a pleasure working with Equinox throughout our migration process. The staff were exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable, and willing to work with us to configure our data and settings in a manner that would most benefit our community. The administration is thrilled with the cost savings that the Evergreen ILS provides and our patrons are delighted with the resource sharing opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Peggy Carter, Assistant Director at Iredell County, added:  “We’re excited to be a part of the NC Cardinal community and are looking forward to beginning resource sharing. We have enjoyed working with the NC Cardinal migration team and the Equinox staff members who helped with our migration. We have been “live” on NC Cardinal for a little more than a week now and I think we are proceeding nicely. We love being part of the Nest.”

Erica Rohlfs, Project Manager for Implementation at Equinox, remarked:  “Henderson and Iredell were amazing groups to work with during their migrations! Many staff members played an active role in the two projects. Henderson and Iredell are two sophisticated groups of librarians who thoroughly tested their data and quickly acclimated to 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 1200 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. Sequoia 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 April 28, 2016 06:12 PM

April 26, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — April 26, 2016

Evergreen International 2016

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Evergreen Indiana had 5 representatives at this year’s Evergreen International Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC. Congratulations again to our scholarship winners, Sarah Childs and Jocelyn Lewis! We came back with a lot of ideas for our consortium and for next year’s conference! Evergreen Indiana will be co-hosting the conference next year in Covington, KY, so please watch for announcements about how to get involved in this inspiring and fun event!

Calling All Catalogers: Spring Roundtable

Coming on May 19, 2016: Experienced Evergreen Indiana cataloguers will guide you through the screen information and many uses for Item Status and Copy Buckets. Whether you’re making batch item edits, batch call number changes, tracking special items, or deleting items, these two features are powerful tools to help make catalogue maintenance easier in Evergreen Indiana.

Registration is open; please use the links below in the Upcoming Trainings section.

Migration News

The Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library migrations have been tentatively scheduled for August 1, 2016.

Deadlines

Our vendor has requested a change to our barcode/library card contract which would significantly increase the price. We are in active negotiations, but recommend that you plan on using the May pool if you want to lock in the current pricing ($.20/card). The pool will open on May 2, please prepare your orders now.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at April 26, 2016 08:08 PM

April 22, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen Community Releases 2015 Annual Report

The Evergreen community released its 2015 Annual Report this morning during the 2016 International Evergreen Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The annual report highlights a busy year for Evergreen with 60 new library locations moving to the system, bringing the total number of known Evergreen libraries to nearly 1,800.  In addition to two new feature releases, 2015 also saw a lot of work completed for the new web-based staff client, which is scheduled to be ready to replace the current staff client in Spring 2017.

The annual report is available from the Evergreen web site at https://evergreen-ils.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Evergreen%20Annual%20Report%202015%20Max%20Resolution.pdf

A printer-friendly version of the report is available at https://evergreen-ils.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Evergreen%20Annual%20Report%202015%20Print%20Version.pdf

 

by Kathy Lussier at April 22, 2016 02:12 PM

April 18, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — April 18, 2016

Welcome Starke County!

On April 13, 2016, Starke County Public Library System opened their doors as an Evergreen Indiana library! Adding 4 locations and approximately 100,000 items to the consortium statistics, Starke County is the 108th active member of Evergreen Indiana. Our thanks go out to neighboring libraries Culver-Union Township, Fulton County, and Newton County for sending staff to support our newest member library.
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Support Notice

A post-migration deduplication reduced the total catalog count by approximately 65K records. The match and merge rate for Starke County’s records was nearly 50%!

We’ll be attending the 2016 Evergreen International Conference this week, so please allow a bit of additional time for responses to queries and tickets.

Deadlines

The next barcode/library card pool opens on May 2. Please check your stocks now!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at April 18, 2016 07:35 PM

April 17, 2016

Rogan Hamby

Sound and Fury: Choosing an ILS

I published this article a few years ago in Computers in Libraries.  Nothing in it will be revelatory for most open source advocates but at the time I got a lot of feedback from librarians that it was useful.  CiL's exclusive publication window is long since past and I just thought of it the other day so I thought I would re-publish it here.  Four years later I still think it's spot on though I would probably make some changes to either shorten it more or make it longer with practical examples.  


Few decisions cause a library director to fret more than choosing a new integrated library system (ILS).  A new ILS is expensive in money, staff, time and stress no matter what you acquire.  Additionally, the wrong choice can bear costs in morale with lasting consequences.  Sometimes it is easy to identify which ILS is wrong for you - the contract costs are too high or maybe the features are not present that you need.  But, too often selecting the right one is like going to a car dealership where everyone speaks in tongues and the price lists are encrypted.

This is the result of a decade of market disruption.  Once upon a time proprietary ILS vendors were not optional.  Picking the right ILS was fraught with danger but not conceptually difficult.  Two changes in the market have had an enormous impact.  One of these, the growth of applications as services has added new options to the ILS selection process.  However, it has been the growth of open source ILSes, such as Koha and Evergreen that have made it necessary to rethink the selection process. 

Choosing between an open source and a proprietary solution is not a choice between peaches and pineapples.  Frequently, it is assumed that the two types of ILSes cannot be evaluated by the same criteria.  In fact, they can be.  Although they result from radically different economic models and divergent philosophies, in the end both are products and services that can be defined by a library's needs and resources for the purposes of acquiring.  Four major criteria must be compared - product cost, features, communities and support.  Until open source disrupted the ILS market one could safely ignore communities.  The community of a proprietary ILS product might have added value but it was unlikely to either make or break the selection of an ILS.  Now community plays a much more important role but that will come after we look at the other criteria. 

Perhaps the first thing to dispel is the myth that open source should be discussed as the cheap option. The wise library administrator will realize that while many of the best things in life are free, your ILS isn't going to be one of them.  Your cost won't always be in legal currency.  I have met staff so traumatized by a bad migration that they are still visibly shaken years later by what is now a stable and reliable tool.  The library has paid an ongoing price in terms of post traumatic stress and that cost can be too high.  The best migration is pointless if the library's experience falls apart within a year or two causing the whole thing to happen again - an experience I've seen happen with both open source and proprietary.

Each of the four criteria can have multiple metrics as well as multiple vectors to plot them on for both a migration and on going support.  In the end a data set for ILS selection should probably look more like a scatter chart than a report card. Now, can we simplify the process?  The answer is yes.  A detailed consideration would be worthy of it's own book but by taking a few conservative shortcuts we can sketch a road map for your selection process in a period of time that isn't comparable to earning another master's degree.  For example, we will assume that you have the same vendor handle a migration as ongoing support.  This will not be a road map for the adventurous.  This is for those whose boards will require that all core functions work on the day of go live with minimal surprises.  And being conservative does not exclude you from an open source solution.

First, do a needs assessment.  This is the point at which many upgrade processes fail.  Rather than say something like "we need acquisitions" or "we need EDI" do use cases and narratives.  These should create an unambiguous picture of your needs.  Be careful to not attempt to recreate your existing ILS.  This is the point at which libraries realize how deeply embedded their current ILS is in their operations.  The documents you produce at this stage will be used extensively in working with vendors.  Be honest about what you need and what is merely on a wish list.

Now, find your vendors.  Don't even worry about the ILS itself yet.  That may sound heretical in an ILS selection process but you need to safeguard from fixating on a single product and not evaluating honestly.  Fixate on your needs instead. Some vendors will support multiple ILSes and at this stage you are looking at who can provide support during a migration and ongoing.  Look at each vendor's ability to support hardware, provide reliable access, and expertise with the ILS, their ability to find solutions, their training resources and expertise at setting a system up.  Do yourself a favor and look in depth at their experience with data migration - it is surprisingly hard to do well.  Do not let a vendor make vague promises about your data.    Looking at vendors before solutions may seem to be putting the cart before the horse but in the long run the greatest frustration most libraries have with an ILS doesn't stem from software but support.  At this point you should also rank yourself as a vendor to see if you want to fill some of these support roles yourself.  Be honest about your ability to sustain support.  Many libraries begin projects that falter when key personnel leave because the skills are not part of the institution.

Many open source advocates argue that support is an inherent advantage of open source.  Some libraries delay leaving an ILS they are unsatisfied with the support of due to the stresses of migration.  If you use a vendor for support of an open source ILS they cannot lock you into the ILS itself.   Once your contract is up, if you leave a support vendor and extract your data you can import rather than migrate your data into a new system.  That ease of changing support vendors without changing software means that open source support companies have to compete on the basis of support because the threshold of difficulty for the library leaving is reduced by orders of magnitude.

The next step is to define what kind of support contract you want.  Do you want a local install with minimal support, do you want local with remote administration or perhaps an application as service where you sign a check and everything is just made to happen.  At this point evaluating yourself, as a potential vendor, will help you determine if you want to exclude yourself.  A product supported fully by a reputable vendor with skilled support staff is what you're looking for.  Increasingly, the choice most libraries make is buying an application as service.  Vendors can take advantage of high capacity Internet connections and big virtualization systems to achieve economies of scale and offer remote hosted ILS services much cheaper than a library can locally offer it.  But, you may have factors, such as response times needed, which make a local installation more attractive.  Knowing what kind of support contract you need you can begin looking at the packages offered by the vendors and dramatically simplify the rest of the process.

Next, make two lists to look at support and features separately.  Vendors need their feet put to the fire to answer if they can fill your needs, which is why the use cases and narratives are critical.  Find out what the vendors' uptime guarantees are, what their response times are and what tiers of support they offer.  For example, do they handle user interface level troubleshooting, will they do custom development to solve issues, or do they simply do systems administration?  What services do they offer during the migration?  Can they extract your old data?  Can they offer project management or training?  Will they offer documentation?  Now, some of these resources may originate in part or whole from a community but at this point worry about the availability through the vendor and their obligation to you to make it happen.  List the support levels of each vendor.  Go back to Buying An ILS 101, call references and do every other thing you would do with any big-ticket purchase.  

Parallel to support, review the ILSes themselves and isolate what software will be viable for you.  Make sure the vendors support those features and how you want to use them.  I've had clients spend a lot of time preparing to move to a system only to have their vendor say, "we don't support serials" even though the ILS has the functionality.  Return to those use cases and narratives your staff developed earlier.  While sharing the use cases get a detailed analysis of what your narrative experience using the ILS(s) will be.  If they can build a comparative scaled system (number of patron, bib, copy records, etc..) for you to test against this is critical for applications as services.  More than one library has been burned by not seeing their data run at scale and not doing hands on features testing.

Think about future features too.  Will there be things you can't anticipate or live without?  Will the new social network that everyone gushes over be critical two years from now?  Can the company you are working with provide you with development options?  If not, then open source may provide you with other kinds of development paths depending upon the community surrounding it.  What about wish list features?  Maybe like William Henley you want to be the captain of your own soul, or at least ILS.  Ask yourself if you want to make changes to the software and control those changes in the future.  If the answer is a firm yes, then you probably want an open source ILS and will need to allocate resources for development.  Don't automatically discount a proprietary vendor but giving you that control is not usually a part of their business model.

It is also worth asking if you want to be part of a consortium.   Although really large resource sharing consortiums aren't unique to open source they do seem to be more common with growths in the Evergreen community, like SCLENDS.  Materials sharing may or may not be on your agenda but adding to an existing installation has a lot of advantages including a built in local community to draw on.  

Since applications as services are delivered over Internet connections it is important to know the impact they will have on your connection.  Prolonged profiling will tell you when you may have interruptions in service and what delays in response time you may have.  Map obscure phrases like "ping times" and "drop rates" to real measurements like "it will take 2 seconds to check out an item."  Often time, work flows can be adjusted to handle the increased latency from moving an ILS from inside your network to remote hosting but an unexpected impact like that can heavily damage morale.  This is a time to bring in heavy-duty network expertise and make sure they go over issues with a fine tooth comb.

Finally, we get to every library's least favorite topic that isn't protected by confidentiality laws: budgets.  Take those support options and the ILSes by the vendors you find acceptable and map them against how much you have to spend.  Any that you can't afford, toss.  What you're left with is ILSes that will work for you, companies you can trust to support you and an experience you can afford.  Be wary of rushing into support contracts for applications as services though.  Compare your costs across the lifespan of the longest contract you would have to sign - which should be three years.  A longer contract than that which locks you in should be a concern.  Make sure there are guarantees about maximum rate increases and reasonable rates for extracting data. 

Many an ILS has been chosen because the library administrator feels overwhelmed.  An implementation by the current ILS vendor can seem like an easy and safe choice. That is a poor assumption to make.  In the course of development or corporate acquisitions sometimes the upgrade path defined by a vendor is actually to a whole new product.  When that happens an upgrade is really a migration.  So, donÕt be deceived by the potential level of difficulty of the project.  Vendors like to define upgrade paths because they know many local governments provide clauses that allow organizations to upgrade without going through a competitive bid process.  ThatÕs also how you can get stuck doing two migrations in two years Ð something no one wants to do.

At this point you may be ready to select an ILS but you should take one more step.  So far we have flattened out the modern twists to ILS selection and used a model built on common sense.  The next criterion is not a leap into uncommon sense but it is much harder to define.  Evaluating community requires the administrator to understand how their staff as professionals will interact with a larger community rather than perform workflows.  Community is not an open source specific criteria though it might be more central to those ILSes.  The communities of proprietary ILSes can be hampered or facilitated by the corporation linked to the ILS.  Open source ILSes are built by their communities but may still have large corporate presences.  When evaluating those dynamics don't frame the discussion as business versus community, as that's a false comparison.  Evaluate the businesses as members of the community by their actions and consider that when developing a picture of the whole community.  

As you investigate vendors, how they interact with communities might tell you something about the character of the company.  Does it allow for independent user groups and conferences?  Are there emails lists and public forums?  Are there places to share and ask questions of others who use the ILS?  Some proprietary ILS vendors have encouraged these things and allowed outside repositories for documents.  In open source communities these are the norm.  Do not underestimate the value of community.  Not only do ILS communities help you make the most of one of the largest pieces of your infrastructure but also an active engaged community can be invaluable for the professional development of your staff.

Look at your resources and ask if you are the kind of organization that is ready to be part of a larger community or if you prefer to play alone on your own ball field.  Sometimes it is the larger libraries that are less prepared to be strong community members because they are accustomed to making decisions as an independent entity.   In the end you may choose to leave community out of your considerations for an ILS selection. However, at least some awareness of the larger community should always be there, to compare experiences with a vendor at the very least.  If you are using an open source ILS vendor and you successfully vetted them they should be involved in the community and may be a gateway to you becoming involved in the future if your priorities change.

At this point you have decided on the viability of a given ILS migration and looked at communities as added value.  Do you need a tiebreaker query?  If you do look at what your gut tells you.  The truth is that for all of our development as a species we still sometimes process information subconsciously and have gut instincts that lead us well. Do you have a philosophical leaning towards open source?  Does one vendor click as a partner? 
 
If you are willing to endure some hardships you can play fast and loose with this process.  Risks can pay off but it's a luxury most boards don't give their directors.  Open source succeeds where it is the best solution, not because of philosophical biases just as commercial software succeeds when it does so on quality, not on spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about competition. As we look critically at these solutions, their vendors and communities we also have to look to the future.  Mark Twain said a sure way to look a fool is to try to predict the future.  But we need a sense of how the future of these ILSes will unfold since we will be tied to one once we make that selection.  Communities and companies can be filled with amazing people who can make all the difference, and they can fall apart.  Engagement with partners in companies and communities are where we will the future unfolding.  We need to remain aware of these dynamics - they are often why we end up moving to a new ILS after all.

by Rogan at April 17, 2016 11:21 PM

April 15, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Pack Up The Party Bus!

With the Code4Lib and PLA Conferences behind us, we’re now looking ahead to the Evergreen International Conference coming up on April 20.  As you could probably guess, this is our favorite conference of the year!  We love Evergreen and we love sharing things we’ve learned.  Plus it gathers some of our favorite Evergreen aficionados in one place!  

For 2016, Equinox is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor.  We’re also sponsoring the Development Hackfest.  In addition to our sponsorship roles, the Equinox team is participating in a combined nineteen presentations out of the forty scheduled for the conference. Here’s a sneak peek into those presentations:

  • SQL for Humans (Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Mashcat in Evergreen (Galen Charlton, Infrastructure and Added Services Manager, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Introduction to the Evergreen Community (Ruth Frasur, Hagerstown-Jefferson Township Library; Kathy Lussier, MassLNC; Shae Tetterton, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Digging Deeper: Acquisition Reports in Evergreen (Angela Kilsdonk, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Staging Migrations and Data Updates for Success (Jason Etheridge, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • A Tale of Two Consortiums (Rogan Hamby, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • A More Practical Serials Walkthrough (Erica Rohlfs, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • SQL for Dummies (John Yorio and Dale Rigney, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • It Turns Out That This is a Popularity Contest, After All (Mike Rylander, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • We Are Family:  Working Together to Make Consortial Policy Decisions (Shae Tetterton, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Encouraging Participation in Evergreen II:  Tools and Resources (and badges!) (Grace Dunbar, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Metadata Abattoir:  Prime Cuts of MARC (Mike Rylander, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Serials Roundtable (Erica Rohlfs, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Back to the Future:  The Historical Evolution of Evergreen’s Code and Infrastructure (Mike Rylander and Jason Etheridge, Equinox Software, Inc; Bill Erickson, King County Library System)
  • Fund Fun:  How to Set Up and Manage Funds in Acquisitions (Angela Kilsdonk, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • Not Your High School Geometry Class:  How to Develop for the Browser Client with AngularJS (Galen Charlton and Mike Rylander, Equinox Software, Inc; Bill Erickson, King County Library System)
  • To Dream the Impossible Dream:  Collaborating to Achieve Shared Vision (Grace Dunbar and Mike Rylander, Equinox Software, Inc.)
  • The Catalog Forester:  Managing Authority Records in Evergreen, Singly and In Batch (Galen Charlton and Mary Jinglewski, Equinox Software, Inc; Chad Cluff, Backstage Library Works)
  • Many Trees, Each Different:  Sprucing Up Your Evergreen TPAC (James Keenan, C/W MARS; John Yorio and Dale Rigney, Equinox Software, Inc.)

The Equinox Team will be loading up in the Party Bus (No, we’re not kidding) on Tuesday, April 19.  Hope to see you all in Raleigh!  Follow along at home using the #evgils16 hashtag on Twitter/Facebook.

by Sara at April 15, 2016 06:44 PM

Dan Scott (Coffee|Code) (Evergreen entries)

Querying Evergreen from Google Sheets with custom functions via Apps Script

Our staff were recently asked to check thousands of ISBNs to find out if we already have the corresponding books in our catalogue. They in turn asked me if I could run a script that would check it for them. It makes me happy to work with people who believe in better living through automation (and saving their time to focus on tasks that only humans can really achieve).

Rather than taking the approach that I normally would, which would be to just load the ISBNs into a table in our Evergreen database and then run some queries to take care of the task as a one-off, I opted to try for an approach that would enable others to run these sort of adhoc reports themselves. As with most libraries, I suspect, we work with spreadsheets a lot--and as our university has adopted Google Apps for Education, we are slowly using Google Sheets more to enable collaboration. So I was interested in figuring out how to build a custom function that would look for the ISBN and then return a simple "Yes" or "No" value according to what it finds.

Evergreen has a robust SRU interface, which makes it easy to run complex queries and get predictable output back, and it normalizes ISBNs in the index so that a search for an 10-digit ISBN will return results for the corresponding 13-digit ISBN. That made figuring out the lookup part of the job easy; after that, I just needed to figure out how to create a custom function in Google Sheets.

As it turns out, there's a dead-simple introductory tutorial for creating a custom function in Apps Script which tells you how to create a new function. And to make a call to a web service, there's the URLFetchApp class. After that, it's a matter of basic JavaScript. In the end, my custom function looks like the following:


/**
* A custom function that checks for an ISBN in Evergreen
*
* Returns "Yes" if there is a match, or "No" if there is no match
*/
function checkForISBN(isbn) {
  var hostname = 'https://example.org';
  var urlBase = hostname + '/opac/extras/sru';

  /* Supply a numeric or shortname library identifier 
   * to restrict the search to that part of the organization
   */
  var libraryID = '103';
  if (libraryID) {
    urlBase += '/' + libraryID;
  }
  urlBase += '?version=1.1&operation=searchRetrieve&maximumRecords=1&query=';
  
  var q = encodeURIComponent('identifier|isbn:' + isbn);
  var url = urlBase + q;
  var response = UrlFetchApp.fetch(url);
  if (response.getContentText().search('1') > -1) {
    return "Yes";
  }
  return "No";
}

Then I just add a column beside the column with ISBN values and invoke the function as (for example) =CheckForISBN(C2).

CheckForISBN() function being invoked in a Google Sheet

Given a bit more time, it would be easy to tweak the function to make it more robust, offer variant search types, and contribute it as a module to the Chrome Web Store "Sheet Add-ons" section, but for now I thought you might be interested in it.

Caveats: With thousands of ISBNs to check, occasionally you'll get an HTTP response error ("#ERROR") in the column. You can just paste the formula back in again and it will resubmit the query. The sheet also seems to resubmit the request on a periodic basis, so some of your "Yes" or "No" values might change to "#ERROR" as a result.

by Dan Scott (dan@coffeecode.net) at April 15, 2016 06:36 PM

April 12, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Statement on North Carolina House Bill 2

Due to the recent passage of House Bill 2 in North Carolina, the Evergreen Oversight Board, on behalf of the Evergreen Project, has released the following statement. Our main concern is that our conference is a safe and inclusive space for all Evergreen Community members. While other organizations have cancelled their conferences in North Carolina over this matter, our conference was simply too imminent to move or cancel without significant harm to the Project and its members. Please feel free to contact the Evergreen Oversight Board if you have any questions about this statement.

Sincerely,
Grace Dunbar
Chair, Evergreen Oversight Board


Per the Evergreen Project’s Event Code of Conduct Evergreen event organizers are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. It is now important to reemphasize that commitment.

In particular, the Evergreen Oversight Board is disappointed that the North Carolina General Assembly has chosen to pass legislation that nullifies city ordinances that protect LGBT individuals from discrimination, including one such ordinance passed by the Raleigh City Council. Since the 2016 Evergreen Conference is to be held in Raleigh, the Oversight Board is taking the following steps to protect conference attendees:

  • We are working with the conference venue and hotels to ensure that their staff and organizations will not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.
  • Members of the Evergreen Safety Committee will be available at the conference to advocate for and assist conference attendees, including accompanying attendees to and from the conference venues.
  • The Evergreen Project, via its fiscal agent Software Freedom Conservancy, will refund in full registrations from individuals who feel that they can no longer safely attend the conference. We’re committed to processing refunds requested on this basis, but it will take us some time to process them. Please be patient if you request a refund.

by Grace Dunbar at April 12, 2016 03:04 PM

April 08, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Tell Us About Your Evergreen Library / Consortium

The Evergreen Outreach Committee is asking anyone who can to respond to the first annual community survey. If you are a member of a consortium we only need one response for the entire consortium.

The information is for an annual report that we will present at the conference each year. Additionally, the information will help us have a better image of the community as a whole. We will also use it to create materials aimed at creating an accurate picture of our community.

We have kept the survey short and simple and should only take a few moments. Thank you in advance.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5MZWBYY.

by Kathy Lussier at April 08, 2016 05:18 PM

April 05, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — April 5, 2016

Another Delightful Conference!

Over 130 EI staff participated in another wonderful Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our fantastic presenters for their outstanding work! The presentation materials will be posted to the Conference page for review in the coming weeks. LEU certificates will be released and additional photos posted shortly!

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Committee News

The Executive Committee met Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. This meeting was recorded and is available for review. A supplemental recap will be released on the Support listserv.

Committee meetings are open, and libraries are encouraged to send attendees to provide additional feedback.

Migration News

Starke County Public Library will be going live in Evergreen Indiana over April 12-13, 2016. A modified cataloging freeze will be in place April 8 (evening)-12, 2016. Please watch the Support and Cataloging lists for the lift announcement.

Support Notice

The Evergreen Indiana servers will be offline for brief maintenance 9:15pm-12am on Thursday, April 7, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Deadlines

Register to join vendor reps on Thursday, April 7th, 11am EDT and discover Learning Bird: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8599290709993265156

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at April 05, 2016 08:24 PM

April 02, 2016

MVLC Evergreen

pingest.pl Gets a New Option

In case you're using pingest.pl from MVLC's Evergreen utilities repository, then you might be interested to know that it got a new option this week:

--pipe
         Read record IDs to reingest from standard input.
         This option conflicts with --start-id and/or --end-id.


This new option allows you to run a custom query to feed record ids to pingest.pl. For instance, assuming you have a query that returns bibliographic record ids in a text file called query.sql, you could use a command line like the following to ingest the records corresponding to the ids returned from the query:

    psql -q -t -f query.sql | pingest.pl --pipe

In the absence of the --pipe option, pingest.pl continues to use its internal query to determine what records to ingest.

In case you are new here and don't know what all this record ingestion is about, this is Evergreen-speak for generating the indexes used for search, browse, facets, and record attributes. pingest.pl generates these indexes in parallel by splitting the records up into batches and working on more than one batch at a time. Parallel processing is usually faster than starting with one record and going straight through to the end.

by Jason Stephenson (noreply@blogger.com) at April 02, 2016 01:27 AM

Dyrcona's Evergreen Blog

JSONPrefs has a new home

If you have been using my JSONPrefs Perl module in your scripts, you should know that it now has a new home on Github.

It now resides at https://github.com/Dyrcona/JSONPrefs.

It will remain up at the old location, http://git.mvlcstaff.org/?p=jason/JSONPrefs.git;a=summary, for an undetermined amount of time.

Please note that the history of the master branch was completely rewritten for the new home. Everything was squashed into one commit with all previous history obliterated. Its requirements were also adjusted slightly. It now depends on the JSON Perl module and not JSON::XS.

Maybe JSONPrefs will make it to CPAN one day, but I really doubt it.

by Jason Stephenson (noreply@blogger.com) at April 02, 2016 12:46 AM

March 29, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 29, 2016

It’s Time for Conference!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference this week! We have an outstanding slate of presenters, terrific opportunities to meet with the new committee nominees, and a lot of fun ahead. See you there!

Committee News

The Executive Committee will next meet at 10am on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Indiana State Library. This meeting will be recorded and broadcast.

Committee meetings are open, and libraries are encouraged to send attendees to provide additional feedback.

Migration News

Starke County Public Library will be going live in Evergreen Indiana over April 12-13, 2016. A modified cataloging freeze will be in place April 8-12, 2016.

Vendor Presentation: Learning Bird – Avoid the Summer Slump

Join vendor reps on Thursday, April 7th to learn more about the Learning Bird platform and how it can help you connect your library to home and school to drive student success. See a demo and find out how Learning Bird can:

  • provide your teen patrons with 24/7 access to quality, engaging digital content.
  • improve your teen patrons’ college and career readiness.
  • work in conjunction with other learning tools to keep teens engaged and learning all year long.

As Learning Bird is being evaluated as a potential new vendor, this is a private demo for members of the Evergreen Library Integrated Library System. We would like member feedback on our platform by mid-April for a May 2016 purchase. To register, staff can visit: Register here.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

April 5
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.
April 6
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.
May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at March 29, 2016 06:27 PM

March 23, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.1 released

Evergreen 2.10.1 is now available for download.

This is a bugfix release that fixes the following significant bug:

  • LP#1560174: Importing MARC records can fail in database upgraded to 2.10.0

This bug affected only databases that were upgraded to 2.10.0 from a previous version; fresh installations of 2.10.0 are not affected.

Evergreen users who prefer not to perform a full upgrade from 2.10.0 to 2.10.1 can fix the bug by applying the database update script 2.10.0-2.10.1-upgrade-db.sql (found in the source directory Open-ILS/src/sql/Pg/version-upgrade).

For more information about what’s in the release, check out the release notes.

by Galen Charlton at March 23, 2016 03:05 AM

March 22, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 22, 2016

Scholarship winners announced!

Congratulations to Sarah Childs (HMMPL) and Jocelyn Lewis (ISL), our 2016 Evergreen International Conference Scholarship recipients! Their applications were unanimously approved by the Executive Committee.

Hoopla Integration Begins

The libraries with hoopla subscriptions will be able to search the Evergreen Indiana catalog for some of that content beginning today! Midwest Tape makes MARC records available for a portion of the hoopla catalog, and we have begun the process of importing them. Not all holdings from hoopla will have a corresponding record in Evergreen Indiana, but we do expect that you’ll see improving circulation as a result of this new automation. For libraries without hoopla, these records will not appear either staff-side or in the OPAC. We hope this will alleviate any confusion about accessibility.

Committee News

The Executive Committee will next meet at 10am on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Indiana State Library.

Committee meetings are open, and libraries are encouraged to send attendees to provide additional feedback.

Migration News

Starke County Public Library will be going live in Evergreen Indiana over April 12-13, 2016. Area libraries that would like to send staff should contact Anna. A modified cataloging freeze will be in place April 8-12. Please watch the listservs for notice to resume normal procedures.

Support Notice

The Indiana State Library will be closed on Friday, March 25, 2016 in observance of the Easter holiday. Please note that there will also be no INfoExpress service on that date.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

April 5
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.
April 6
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.
May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)
June 28
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
June 30
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU)
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)

by admin at March 22, 2016 06:38 PM

March 17, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.0 released

Thanks to the efforts of many contributors, the Evergreen community is pleased to announce the release of version 2.10.0 of the Evergreen open source integrated library system. Please visit the download page to get it!

New features and enhancements of note in Evergreen 2.10.0 include:

  • Improved password management and authentication. Evergreen user passwords are now stored with additional layers of encryption and may only be accessed directly by the database, not the application layer.
  • To improve privacy and security, Evergreen now stores less data about credit card transactions.
  • A new library setting has been added which enables a library to prevent their patrons from being opted in at other libraries.
  • To improve patron privacy, patron checkout history is now stored in separate, dedicated database table instead of being derived from the main circulation data.
  • Patrons can now delete titles that they do not wish to appear in their checkout history.
  • A new action/trigger event definition (“New User Created Welcome Notice”) has been added that will allow you to send a notice after a new patron has been created.
  • The web staff client now includes a patron editor/registration form.
  • Funds are now marked as paid when the invoice is marked as closed rather than when the invoice created.
  • A new “paid” label appears along the bottom of each line item in the PO display when every non-canceled copy on the line item has been invoiced.
  • The MARC stream importer is now able to import authority records as well as bibliographic records.
  • When inspecting a queue in MARC Batch Import/Export, there is now a link to download to MARC file any records in the queue that were not imported into the catalog.
  • Coded value maps have been added for a variety of fixed fields.
  • MARC batch import can now assign monograph part labels when adding or overlaying copies.
  • The stock indexing definitions now include a search and facet index on the form/genre field (tag 655).
  • The web staff client now includes preview functionality for cataloging, including MARC recording editing, authority maintenance, and volume/copy management.
  • HTML reports can now be sorted by clicking on the header for a given column.
  • Evergreen’s unAPI support now includes access to many more record types.

With the release of 2.10.0, bugfixes for the web staff client will now be considered for backporting to maintenance releases in the 2.10.x series, particularly in the areas of circulation and patron management.  Libraries are encouraged to try out the web staff client and file bug reports for it.

Support for PostgreSQL 9.1 is deprecated as of the release of Evergreen 2.10. Users are recommended to install Evergreen on PostgreSQL 9.2 or later. In the next major release following 2.10, Evergreen will no longer officially support PostgreSQL 9.1.

For more information about what’s in the release, check out the release notes.

by Galen Charlton at March 17, 2016 10:57 PM

Equinox Blog and News

Welcome, Rogan!

Equinox is pleased to welcome Rogan Hamby to the team!  He will join us as a Project and Data Analyst.  Rogan got his undergrad degree in English Lit with minors in Computer Science and Sociology and then received his MLIS from the University of South Carolina.  By repeatedly graduating he proved to be really bad at being the professional student he had aspirations to be.  Deciding that a reference librarian was the next best thing he went off and after twenty years has done nearly every job you can do in a public library, many simultaneously.

In 2009 Rogan was involved with the creation of an Evergreen based public library consortium that he supported for eight years, overseeing operations, migrations and special projects.  Believing in the philosophical principles of open source software and the cultural mission of libraries he found Evergreen to be the tool he needed and the community to be people he shared values with.  When the time came for his next adventure Rogan realized that he wanted to remain in the Evergreen community and find new ways to aid libraries in their missions.  Fortunately, he found a place at Equinox to do that.

Outside of work Rogan has managed to be married, have three children, learn archery from buddhist monks and once play D&D with Dave Arneson.  He doesn’t have a favorite book but has re-read works by and about J. R. R. Tolkien more than is probably healthy.

Grace Dunbar, Equinox Vice President, had this to say about the hire:  “We’re delighted to be adding Rogan to our team of librarians and techies… and techie-librarians.  Many of us have known Rogan for years and we deeply value his experience both in libraries and in the Evergreen community.  We also respect his deep and abiding love of Tolkien.”

by Sara at March 17, 2016 01:48 PM

March 15, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 15, 2016

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee met at 10am on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Mooresville Public Library. This meeting was recorded, and may be viewed on Youtube. Meeting outcomes included approving the updated draft of Chapter 3 of the Circulation Manual, recommendations for updates to the patron and circulation matrices and renewal block limits, and approval of the automated hoopla record integration. The committee will next meet on June 21, 2016, location to be announced.

The Executive Committee will next meet at 10am on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Indiana State Library.

Committee meetings are open, and libraries are welcomed to send attendees to provide additional feedback.

Notice of a Vote

The eContent Committee is voting electronically to approve that committee’s newly drafted Rules of Governance. If you have comments, please share them with the committee before March 30, 2016.

Deadlines

The 2016 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference registration closes this Friday! Register here! (Registration will remain open until March 18, 2016 or until all available spaces are filled, whichever comes first.) – Participants will receive a final confirmation next week!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

April 5
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.
April 6
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.
May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)

by admin at March 15, 2016 07:38 PM

March 08, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 8, 2016

Committee News

The Patron Services Committee will meet at 10am on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Mooresville Public Library. This meeting will be broadcast and recorded.

Committee meetings are open, and libraries are welcomed to send attendees to provide additional feedback.

Member News

Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library welcomes new director Kelly Fann on April 4, 2016.
Linton Public Library welcomes new director Jennifer White.

Deadlines

The 2016 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference registration is now open! Register here! (Registration will remain open until March 18, 2016 or until all available spaces are filled, whichever comes first.)

Last call!!! Scholarship applications for the 2016 Evergreen International Conference in Raleigh, NC must be completed in full and returned to the Evergreen Indiana Coordinator by this Friday, March 11, 2016! Applications are available here!

The barcode and library card pool is now open until March 11, 2016.

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU) [FULL]
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU) [FULL]
March 16
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU) [FULL]
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
April 5
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.
April 6
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.
May 19
Spring Cataloging Roundtable, 10am-Noon, Webinar (1 TLEU)

by admin at March 08, 2016 09:21 PM

March 03, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Welcome, Barbara!

Equinox is pleased to announce that Barbara Cormack has joined the team!  Barbara will be a project manager overseeing implementations of Evergreen, Koha, and FulfILLment.  

Barbara brings more than two decades of library experience.  She started at the State University of New York Office of Library Systems installing automation services.  She was so impressed by her librarian colleagues that she decided to pursue her MLS.  After finishing her degree, she worked for two library software companies before landing at UC Berkeley where she managed electronic resources.  Barbara says that she missed working with libraries to install and configure systems and products, and that is what brought her to Equinox.

This will be Barbara’s first experience implementing Open Source products and she says, I will have the opportunity once again to work with libraries and librarians, but now learning and using open source rather than proprietary systems – this will be new terrain for me and I’m eager to see how it compares with my previous experiences.”  She is also excited about working for a smaller company.  “Equinox appeals to me because I want to work for an organization where I feel I can make contributions, make a difference, and not just be a cog in a larger wheel.”

Equinox Vice President Grace Dunbar remarked, “We knew from our first conversations with Barbara that her skill set would be a great asset to the company.  As we’ve come to know her personally, we’ve realized she belongs here (with the geeky librarians).”

In her spare time, Barbara can be found performing Scottish Highland Dance at local Scottish games and events, making jewelry, and the prerequisite hobby of nearly every librarian–reading.  Her favorite series include The Lord Of The Rings, A Song Of Ice And Fire, and The Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries.  

by Sara at March 03, 2016 07:57 PM

March 01, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — March 1, 2016

New Feature Available

Are you a fan of toolbars? Do you use the available toolbars, but wish you could add or remove buttons to improve your workflow? We have good news! LocalAdmins now have the ability to create locally customized toolbars. A brief tutorial is available.

Committee News

The Cataloging Committee met at 10am on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. Their next meeting is scheduled for June 2, 2016.

The Patron Services Committee will meet at 10am on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Mooresville Public Library.

Committee meetings are open, and libraries are welcome to send attendees to provide additional feedback.

Member News

Mitchell Community Public Library welcomes new director Ophelia Roop.

Deadlines

The 2016 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference registration is now open! Register here! (Registration will remain open until March 18, 2016 [Please note the deadline has been shifted!] or until all available spaces are filled, whichever comes first.)

Scholarship applications for the 2016 Evergreen International Conference in Raleigh, NC must be completed in full and returned to the Evergreen Indiana Coordinator by March 11, 2016. Applications are available here!

The next barcode and library card pool will open on March 7, 2016. Please prepare your orders!

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

March 14
Basic Circulation, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU) [FULL]
Holds, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU) [FULL]
March 16
Basic Cataloging, 9am-12pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (3 TLEU) [FULL]
Local Administration, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Indiana State Library, Room 428 (2 TLEU)
April 5
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.
April 6
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 March 01, 2016 08:44 PM