• 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. 

  • Something clever about Rome

    Submitted by formerly adam on February 7, 2014

    I was trying to come up with something clever about Rome and forums for the title of this post, but its Friday. I'm not clever on Friday. Anyway, our website now has forums.  We plan on using forums to post information and instructions related to projects like our EBL trial. Our goal is to collect all of the key information about current projects and organize it in one place, so you don't have to sort through emails and things like that. Also, you'll notice that you don't have to log in to view the forums. Unlinke some other online forums, you can't create your own topics (for the moment at least), but you can add comments. 

    We will continue to use our email lists for communicating directly with members of working groups and committees. 
    Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. 

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  • Divide and Conquer

    Submitted by formerly adam on January 31, 2014

    On Thursday, January 30th, the Evergreen team met to begin working toward our first project goal, creating the criteria that the team will use to evaluate Evergreen. After some administrative chores and a brief question and answer session the team divided into subgroups, management, workflows and user-interface, to start the real work of the day. The task of each subgroup was to generate a list of key features and functionality for our ILS as seen from one of three user roles. 

    The next step in the process is putting these lists online for review and edits from group members. We will review the lists at our next meeting to discuss priorities of features - what has to be included, what we hope to see in the near future, and what would be nice to have eventually.




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