Evergreen Newsletter / September-October 2012
The Evergreen Hack-A-Way
The first annual Evergreen Hack-a-Way is now underway in Duluth, Georgia and is being sponsored by Equinox. The goal of the Hack-A-Way is to provide an opportunity, at the midway point each year between conferences, for developers to meet in person and to continue the momentum they develop at the conference. This in person collaboration, while working on Evergreen coding projects, is extremely useful.
In attendance are Dan Wells, Ben Shum, Thomas Berezansky, Rogan Hamby, Dwayne Nance from NoveList, Bill Erickson, Mike Rylander, Lebbeous Fogle-Weekly, Galen Charlton, Jason Etheridge, Chris Sharp, Anoop Atre, plus Dan Scott and a few remote folks on the Google Hangout.
The agenda can be found here: http://evergreen-ils.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=dev:hackfest:egfall2012
Look for an update on the Hack-A-Way in our next newsletter.
FulfILLment Update by Suzannah Lipscomb
The Pacific Library Partnership, consisting of three libraries in California, has contracted with Equinox Software, Inc. to test FulfILLment. The partnership consists of Los Gatos Public Library, Peninsula Library System (the city of San Mateo only), and Santa Cruz Public Library. These libraries currently use Koha, Millennium, and Evergreen as their ILS. Lori Bowen Ayre, The Galecia Group, is serving as a consultant on this project as part of the Open Source - Open Libraries project. The partners will be testing FulfILLment to see if it can meet their requirements for managing physical item resource sharing between independent library systems. FulfILLment was developed by Equinox developers with funding from OHIONET and other development partners including: the State Libraries of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and WiLS. It is anticipated that FulfILLment version 1.0-RC1 will be available in the spring/summer of 2013.
FulfILLment is generally described as an open source ILL software, but it is so much more. It is an open source, regional resource-sharing system between disparate ILS. It was designed to bridge otherwise incompatible software products so that different libraries can continue to use their current ILS while obtaining many benefits enjoyed by libraries using Evergreen in resource-sharing consortia. The development of LAIs (Local Automation Integrator) in FulfILLment makes this possible by allowing the participating libraries to obtain bibliographic and other relevant information from each library's current automation system and making this information accessible over the internet. FulfILLment is also scalable. If necessary, new custom LAIs can be developed in future versions of FulfILLment to allow even more libraries to join and enjoy all that FulfILLment has to offer.
On Friday October 5th, six members of DIG got together at Berklee College of Music in Boston, for what we hope will be become an at least annual opportunity to collaborate face to face outside of the Evergreem conference. In attendance we had Ben Shum, Kathy Lussier, Jim Keenan, Tim Spindler, June Rayner, and Yamil Suarez. The main achievement of our gathering on Friday was to do an inventory of what documentation sections exist in older official documentation (EG 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2), but not in the 2.3 documentation. As well as tracking down what has made it to the 2.3 documentation already. One key issue that came up and that we tried to research is that we would all like to find an automated way, instead of the current manual way, to covert the older documentation that is formatted in the DocBook format to the current AsciiDoc format.
Evergreen Development – News
The Massachusetts Library Network is starting its next round of development with a focus on improving the retrieval of search results in Evergreen. The MassLNC consortia have identified several possible enhancements for this project and plan to seek quotes for development in October. The enhancements MassLNC is pursuing are: • Allowing MARC Field Weighting in Relevance Ranking without Breaking the Ability to Exclude Search Terms • Activity Metric for Relevance Algorithm • More Control Over Stemming • Synonym list for search terms • Ability to Browse by Author, Title and Subject • Staff-Friendly Call Number Browse • Traditional Operators for Boolean Searches
• Simple method for excluding electronic resources from search results • Expanded Facets
More detailed descriptions are available at http://masslnc.cwmars.org/node/2550. MassLNC is interested in hearing feedback on these enhancements from other Evergreen libraries and in finding partners to help in sponsoring this work. Send any comments along to Kathy Lussier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bibliomation consortium has contracted with four different developers to produce thirteen different enhancements. To see a list of these enhancements, go to http://biblio.org/2012/10/10/evergreen-enhancements/
Niagara Evergreen Consortium is funding the porting of organizational unit hiding in the JSPAC (Java Script OPAC) to the TPAC (Template Toolkit OPAC) in Evergreen open source ILS. They also originally funded this development in the JSPAC. Equinox developers are spearheading the development project. Equinox anticipates that the coding will be completed no later than the end of September. Once the coding is complete, it will be submitted to the Evergreen Community for inclusion in the next major release of Evergreen.
Evergreen Libraries – Update
Missouri Evergreen has gone live with 4 libraries implemented so far. Poplar Bluff Public Library, Grundy County Library, Marshall Public Library and Carrollton Public Library are all now sharing their materials through the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. MOBIUS, a nonprofit library consortium based in Columbia, MO is hosting and managing Missouri Evergreen with LSTA funds from the Missouri State Library. Over the next year nine more Missouri public libraries will be joining. We hope to have more members join over the next several years.
SCLENDS is bringing up three new county library systems in October - Lee, Clarendon and Lancaster counties.
On August 9th, Mt. Gilead Public Library and Cardington-Lincoln Public Library went live in COOL-CAT. Mt. Gilead and Cardington-Lincoln are the fourth and fifth libraries to migrate into the system. They join Community Library (Sunbury), Germantown Public Library, and Selover Public Library that migrated to COOL-CAT earlier this year.
COOL-CAT is the shared Evergreen catalog of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries.
If you have any news for the next issue of the Evergreen newsletter, the November-December issue, please email this news to Amy Terlaga at email@example.com.