MassLNC Performance Evaluation
by Kathy Lussier
The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) is pleased to announce that OmniTI http://omniti.com/ has been awarded a contract to conduct a performance evaluation of the Evergreen Integrated Library System.
MassLNC issued an RFP for the evaluation last spring and selected OmniTI after a review of the seven proposals that were received. Assisting with the proposal review were Rogan Hamby (SC LENDS), Sharon Herbert , along with her great technical staff at SITKA, Dan Pearl (C/W MARS), Jason Stephenson (MVLC), Martha Driscoll (NOBLE), and Tim Spindler (C/W MARS).
MassLNC has been busy getting a test server set up for the evaluation (thank you to Thomas Berezansky for his work on this). Once the server is ready, the evaluation will begin in earnest. More details about next steps can be found at http://markmail.org/message/6yzorevfs6xtnn2u.
The timeline for the evaluation is 2 ½ months from when the server becomes available.
MassLNC’s hope is that this evaluation will lead to improvements that will benefit the entire community. Please feel free to send any questions or feedback our way!
This project is funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Kathy can be reached at email@example.com.
Evergreen 2014 International Conference – “Together We Grow”
by Amy Terlaga
Mark your calendars, everyone! The 2014 Evergreen International Conference is being held in Cambridge, MA at the Boston Marriott Cambridge in Kendall Square. The dates are Wednesday, March 19th through Saturday, March 22nd. We are still getting in survey results (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7LXW35V) to determine what the preferred conference schedule and after-hours activities will be. The local arrangements crew did some preliminary investigations of the local area and they’re pleased to report plenty of eating and drinking opportunities in the Kendall Square area and beyond: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26985478@N00/sets/72157635158823980/.
As soon as we have the conference website up, including more registration information, we’ll post to the evergreen list.
If you have any questions about the 2014 Conference, drop either Kathy Lussier (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy Terlaga (email@example.com) a line.
Here are some library system updates from our Evergreen family:
by Tanya Prokrym
NC Cardinal is a consortium of public libraries within North Carolina using Evergreen. NC Cardinal will be migrating its 93rd library branch this year, with the latest library systems being Albemarle Regional (Northampton, Hertford, Bertie, and Gates Counties), Forsyth, Cumberland, and Beaufort-Hyde-Martin Counties. The consortium includes 26 counties and 2 municipalities, approximately 23% of library branches within North Carolina. It serves roughly 9.7 million North Carolinians. NC Cardinal currently includes over 4.2 million library items with approximately 6.6 million circulations to date. Operating since July 2010, the NC Cardinal program began as a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funded project that is now in its third year.
There is a waiting list to join the consortium.
View our webpage to see all the NC Cardinal libraries: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ld/services/nccardinal.html
by Deborah Luchenbill
The Missouri Evergreen consortium now has eleven libraries live on the system and 19 libraries officially part of the consortium. Since February, Howard County Public and Little Dixie Regional Libraries have gone live, with Carthage Public and Webb City Public Libraries coming up next. The consortium now contains 652,024 items and 112,594 users. MOBIUS, a nonprofit library consortium based in Columbia, MO, is hosting and managing Missouri Evergreen with LSTA funds from the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury CT
by Amy Terlaga
The Bibliomation consortium in Connecticut is providing Evergreen migration support for the Ethel Walker School, a boarding and day school for girls in grades six through twelve. The Constance Lavino Bell Library, with 30,000 books and periodicals, will be up on Evergreen by this September 10th.
by Tony Bandy
On May 15, two more libraries were officially welcomed into the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL). J.R. Clarke Public Library in Covington and Marvin Memorial Public Library in Shelby were voted in as the newest members to the consortium. J.R. Clarke plans to migrate to the COOL-CAT later this summer, and Marvin Memorial is planning to migrate in the fall. They will be the tenth and eleventh libraries in consortium.
For a current list of member libraries, visit http://info.cool-cat.org. If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please feel free to contact consortium president Chauncey Montgomery, Director of the Community Library in Sunbury (firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-965-3901).
Tony Bandy is the Technology Specialist at OHIONET in charge of supporting COOL. He is also available to answer questions about the consortium at email@example.com or 800-686-8975, ext. 19.
The Evergreen newsletter comes out every other month. If you have items for the next newsletter, please send them to Amy Terlaga at firstname.lastname@example.org.