Open Source Integrated Library System

December 06, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — December 6, 2016

Upgrade Testing!

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

Committee News

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

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at December 06, 2016 08:41 PM

November 29, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 29, 2016

Committee News

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

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at November 29, 2016 07:30 PM

November 22, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Yours, Mine, and Ours?

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

Who owns what?

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

Who can forgive what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Committee News

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

Support Notice

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at November 22, 2016 07:56 PM

November 16, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.10.8 and 2.11.1 released

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

Evergreen 2.10.8 fixes the following issues:

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

In additional, the Spanish translation is now fully enabled.

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

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

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

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

Equinox Blog and News

Pocono Mountain Public Library joins SPARK/PaILS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–November 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

About Equinox Software, Inc.

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

About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

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

About Evergreen

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

by Sara at November 16, 2016 03:29 PM

November 15, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 15, 2016

RDA Toolkit Purchase

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

Support Notice

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Barcode Pool

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at November 15, 2016 07:51 PM

November 08, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — November 8, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables Complete

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

2016 Southwest Regional Roundtable participants
2016 Southwest Regional Roundtable participants

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

2016 Evergreen International Hack-A-Way

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

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

Support Notice

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Barcode Pool

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at November 08, 2016 02:43 PM

October 25, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 25, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

2016 Southeast Regional Roundtable
2016 Southeast Regional Roundtable

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

2016 Central Indiana Regional Roundtable
2016 Central Indiana Regional Roundtable

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

Reviewing Staff Permissions

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

Policy and Setting Updates

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Barcode Pool

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at October 25, 2016 06:41 PM

Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative

Massachusetts Library Group Receives Grant from EBSCO Information Services

Financial Grant will Support New Evergreen Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

October 18, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 18, 2016

Cataloging Restrictions for Authority Control Implementation

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

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

2016 Regional Roundtables

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

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

Maintenance Notices

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

Barcode Pool

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at October 18, 2016 07:41 PM

October 14, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Welcome, Andrea!

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

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

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

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

by Sara at October 14, 2016 05:30 PM

October 11, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 11, 2016

Committee News

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

Member News

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

2016 Regional Roundtables

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

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

Maintenance Notices

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

Barcode Pool

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at October 11, 2016 07:01 PM

Galen Charlton

Visualizing the global distribution of Evergreen installations from tarballs

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

Downloads of Evergreen tarballs in past 52 weeks

Click to get larger image

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

The interactive version can be found on Plotly.

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

October 07, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

New Additions to SPARK/PaILS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–October 7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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


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

by Sara at October 07, 2016 03:35 PM

October 05, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.11.0 released

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

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

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

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

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

Rogan Hamby

A Partial History of SCLENDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Rogan

by roganhamby at October 05, 2016 01:37 AM

October 04, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — October 4, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

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

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

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

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

Committee News

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

Maintenance Notices

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at October 04, 2016 04:22 PM

September 29, 2016

Bibliomation

New Libraries Everywhere!

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

Milford Public Library staff

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

Babcock Library staff

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

by biblio at September 29, 2016 05:22 PM

September 27, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 27, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

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

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

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

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

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

Cataloging together!

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

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

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

Committee News

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

Member News

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

Maintenance Notices

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at September 27, 2016 12:35 PM

September 22, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.9.8 and 2.10.7 released

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

Evergreen 2.9.8 fixes the following issues:

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

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

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

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

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

September 21, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 21, 2016

2016 Regional Roundtables

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

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

Committee News

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

Maintenance Notice

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at September 21, 2016 12:19 PM

September 14, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Milford Joins Bibliomation with Equinox Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–September 14, 2016

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

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

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

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

About Equinox Software, Inc.

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

About Bibliomation

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

About Evergreen

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

by Sara at September 14, 2016 03:11 PM

September 13, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

New Addition for Virginia Evergreen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–September 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

by Sara at September 13, 2016 05:24 PM

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 13, 2016

More input needed

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

Circ Mods Survey: Audiobooks and Equipment

2016 Fall Cataloging Roundtable

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

Get your registration in now for the 2016 Regional Roundtables!

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

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

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

Migration News

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

Committee News

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

Maintenance Notice

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at September 13, 2016 02:02 PM

September 07, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — September 7, 2016

All Dates Now Set: Regional Roundtables

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

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

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

Migration News: It’s a Celebration!!!

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

Committee News

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

Maintenance Notice

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at September 07, 2016 07:35 PM

August 30, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 30, 2016

Regional Roundtables Return!

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

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

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

Migration News: Cataloging Party!!!

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

Committee News

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

Maintenance Notice

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at August 30, 2016 04:54 PM

August 26, 2016

Evergreen community blog

Evergreen 2.9.7 and 2.10.6 released

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

Evergreen 2.9.7 fixes the following issues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 23, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 23, 2016

Welcome Orleans Town & Township Public Library!

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

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

by admin at August 23, 2016 07:31 PM

August 09, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 9, 2016

Committee News

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

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

Migration News

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

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at August 09, 2016 07:16 PM

August 05, 2016

Dyrcona's Evergreen Blog

NCIPServer: better_abstraction branch merged into master

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

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

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

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

August 02, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — August 2, 2016

Welcome to Evergreen Indiana!

Garrett Public Library's Go-live

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

ECKRT - Go Live - web

Last Call! In-person Advanced Cataloging Workshop

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

Committee News

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

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

eIDC News

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

Migration News

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

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at August 02, 2016 07:30 PM

July 27, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — July 27, 2016

EI SRCS Demo

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

Advanced Cataloging Workshop

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

Regional Roundtables Update

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

Committee News

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

Migration News

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at July 27, 2016 12:27 PM

July 26, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Altoona Area Public Library Joins SPARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–July 26, 2016

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

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

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

About Equinox Software, Inc.

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

About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

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

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

About Evergreen

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

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

by Sara at July 26, 2016 05:21 PM

July 25, 2016

Dyrcona's Evergreen Blog

Parameters Spreadsheet Utility Updated


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

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

July 21, 2016

Equinox Blog and News

Johnston Joins NC Cardinal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, Georgia–July 21, 2016

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

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

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

About Equinox Software, Inc.

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

About Evergreen

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

About Sequoia

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

 

by Sara at July 21, 2016 06:15 PM

July 19, 2016

Evergreen Indiana

Weekly Update — July 19, 2016

Regional Roundtables Returning!

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

Migration News

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Evergreen Indiana Training Opportunities

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

by admin at July 19, 2016 06:00 PM

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 roganhamby 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