• Reboot: Envisioning FLO Through 2020

    Submitted by formerly adam on May 21, 2014


    Thursday, June 5, 2014


    Emmanuel College Auditorium
    400 The Fenway, Boston MA


    8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental breakfast

    9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

    9:15 – 10:15 Expanding Resources and Access

    • EBL Consortial EBook Trial - slides
    • The Commonwealth Catalog goes live! - slides
    • Digital Repository Review - slides

    10:15-10:30 Break

    10:30 – 11:30 Explorations in Open Source Software

    • CORAL – Venturing into Open Source Development - slides
    • Evergreen Team Report - slides

    11:30 – 12:15 Keynote, Eileen Abels, Dean of the Simmons School of Library & Information Science - slides

    12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

    1:15 – 3:45 SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results)

    3:45 – 4:00 Wrap-up and Farewell

  • Evergreen Team Meets with MassLNC

    Submitted by formerly adam on May 21, 2014

    On May 1st the Evergreen Team met with members of MassLNC to discuss various aspects of participation in the Evergreen open source development community. We had an energetic meeting and the folks from MassLNC provided lots of food for thought. They will be a valuable resource should we continue moving forward with Evergreen.

    One concern that the Evergreen Team has regarding open source development is that because Evergreen's user base is largely public libraries, features that FLO libraries might find useful are less likely to be considered high-priority development items by the community. We are seeing examples of this with reserves and some aspects of authority control.  

  • Catching up. (I hope to have real titles from now on)

    Submitted by formerly adam on April 30, 2014

    We have an Evergreen meeting tomorrow Thursday, May 1, 2014, with folks from MassLNC. MassLNC, The Massachusetts Library Network Cooporative, is a group of library networks in Massachusetts who collaborate around the implementation and development of Evergreen. I'll try to do a write up of what we learn from them, so stay tuned for that. 

    We are also preparing for our June 5th conference/event/get together at Emmanuel College to kick-off the planning process for the next 5-year strategic plan. Eileen AbelsDean of Simmons GSLIS, will deliver the keynote address.  

    On the technical side of things we are working on some new ways to present information about MARC record loads for e-resources. I think we'll try to demo this at the upcoming QC meeting. 

  • Evergreen Conference Recap

    Submitted by formerly adam on April 4, 2014

    Two weeks ago we were in the middle of the Evergreen conference. Eyebrows were raised, lightbulbs went on, brows were furrowed, lifelong friends were made. With our team members not all attending the same sessions or talking to the same people in the hallways we scheduled a debriefing for the week after to try to share what we learned.  It was an interesting discussion because it demonstrated how different our member libraries are. When discussing a particular feature a team member from one library said, "looks good to me" and a team member from another library, who attended the same session on that feature said, "it stinks".  

    So where do we go from here? Back to our subgroups and to the lists of key requirements we created earlier. We'll work on completing these as best we can based on what we learned at the conference, what we can see in existing systems, and what we can test in our local test system. We'll undoubtedly have some lingering questions we can't answer on our own. We'll try to resolve these by talking to other Evergreen users and developers in the next few weeks. Each subgroup will make a recommendation based on its findings. 



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