Monday, February 28, 2011

Falls Village is LIVE

The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village went live on Evergreen 2.0 last week. The tireless staff at the library had been cataloging their collection since June 2010. They bravely made the leap to automation as we upgraded our Evergreen system to Evergreen 2.0. Their first Evergreen patron was an exciting moment!

It was a big week for D.M. Hunt Library - they got their first iPad on Friday, started using their first ILS on Tuesday, and had their big annual fundraiser on Saturday.

Welcome, David M. Hunt Library!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bibliomation is UP on Evergreen 2.0!

Bibliomation's development partner libraries were successfully moved over to Evergreen 2.0.1 over this past weekend. This move is the first stage in our many migrations to Evergreen this year.

Most of the development partner libraries (10 total) were brought up on Evergreen 1.6 last year. Late last year, we turned our attention to preparing for our multiple migrations to 2.0. We purchased the hardware necessary (multiple servers to create a stable, redundant environment) to support Bibliomation's 48 public libraries and 19 K-12 schools, plus the development partner libraries, and others. Now that the development partner libraries are on 2.0, we can really see how 2.0 performs and will be looking to these libraries to provide feedback.

At the end of March, we'll migrate The Hagaman Memorial Library, in East Haven over and they will join the ever-growing Evergreen network on Bibliomation's powerful servers.

Memorial Day weekend marks the migration of Bibliomation's public libraries off of Horizon and onto Evergreen, joining the development partners and East Haven. At this time, Evergreen's Acquisitions software will be put to the test.

Bridgeport Public Library and its branches will be folded in 4th of July weekend. Lastly, Bibliomation's schools will come up in September, closing out our very busy migration year.

Thanks to Ben Shum, Bibliomation's Open Source Software Coordinator, for configuring Bibliomation's servers for 2.0 and shepherding this upgrade through the long weekend. Bibliomation is using Alpha-G's John Craig and Backstage Library Works to assist us in these migrations as they involve multiple databases - the deduping, loading, and overlaying of these sets of bibliographic records have been critical to the success of the project.