• 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. 

  • Evergreen Conference 2014

    Submitted by formerly adam on March 18, 2014

    We are in conference mode here at the office. The Evergreen International conference is in Cambridge, MA this year, and we are sending a whole hush of librarians to participate. Over the last few months the FLO Evergreen Team has been working to come up with a list of key features and functions that a new system would need. At the confernece one of our goals will be understanding how Evergreen handles these key functions. We think the conference will also be an opportunity to learn more generally about Evergreen: to learn about the roadmap for future development, to get to know the community as a whole, and to meet evergreen users from New England as well as other parts of the world.  FLO staff will split our time between the conference and the office to make sure we can attend conference sessions and keep things running smoothly back in the office as well.  


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  • EBL DDA trial review

    Submitted by formerly adam on March 18, 2014

    On March 6th FLO held an open meeting to review our DDA trial with EBL. I missed the meeting, so I don't have too much to report here other than as an outcome of the meeting we have change the loan period from one week to one day. The reasoning behind this change is that we think a majority of usage is one-time use, so changing to a shorter loan period will lower costs because shorter loan periods are less expensive. When we near the end of the trial, we can go back and look at our usage data to see if we are correct about our one-time usage conjecture. It is important to keep in mind that we are only working with a few months of data, so we might not have a good picture of usage until a year from now. 



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