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MassCat’s move to open source software: Why? MassCat’s move to open source software: Why? Presentation Transcript

  • MassCat’s move to open source software: Why? (NELINET, October 28, 2008)
  • What is MassCat?
    • A resource sharing network of libraries that are not part of the other library networks in the state.
    • Unusual, unique and unexpected!
    • Affordable -- the cost of operating MassCat is offset somewhat by funding from 5 of the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems
  • Who belongs to MassCat?
    • 93 libraries from all around Massachusetts currently belong.
    • School, special, academic, medical, and some public libraries belong to MassCat.
  • Member Library Details
    • 49 Schools
    • 20 Medical/hospital
    • 14 Special
    • 7 Public
    • 3 Academic
    • 13 from Central Region
    • 27 from Metrowest
    • 20 from Northeast
    • 22 from Southeastern
    • 11 from Western
  • Database Details
    • Over 625,000 bibliographic records
    • Over 1,200,000 holdings
    • New records added daily
    • Over 1,100 loan requests negotiated among members last year
  • Previous System Details
    • System completely Web-based and hosted by vendor.
    • No software (other than Web browser) needed by libraries.
    • Small piece of software (for cataloging full records) needed by administrator.
    • No shelf status available, just call number data (similar to OCLC)
  • Features Previously Offered to Members
    • Web-based OPAC that library users can search from anywhere.
    • Rich source of MARC records and simple cataloging interface.
    • Electronic method of placing borrowing requests and responding to requests for loan.
  • Why Change Systems?
    • MassCat wasn’t offering services that libraries needed and members were leaving.
    • ILL system was clunky and cumbersome and deterred resource sharing.
    • OPAC was outdated.
    • Adding additional services to system was expensive.
  • Process for Determining Need
    • Survey! Surveyed members regarding opinion of current system.
    • Asked members what services they wanted MassCat to offer.
    • Held focus groups with members and gathered more in-depth opinions.
  • Process for Changing Systems
    • Issued an RFP.
    • Reviewed proposals.
    • Held vendor demonstrations (invited members to attend demos)
    • Chose vendor and product.
  • Next Generation of MassCat
    • More robust OPAC.
    • More user-based capabilities such as review writing and ability to place and track their requests.
    • Circulation!
    • Serials Management!
    • Acquisitions!
  • Why Open Source?
    • Flexibility.
    • More direct influence on the direction of software development.
    • Direct benefit from any investment made by any other library or library system using the software.
  • Where is MassCat now?
    • Finished loading bibliographic and patron data to Koha.
    • Trained all 29 full circulating libraries.
    • Ordered some development work for cataloging module of system.
    • Remaining 64 “associate” (non-circulating) members will be trained once development is finished and tested.
  • Links and More Information
    • Demo Site Hosted by LibLime:
    • http://liblime.com/demos
    • (usernames and passwords are presented directly on the Webpage)
  • More Information
    • Contact me with questions anytime:
    • Nora Blake
    • MassCat Manager
    • 413-665-5511
    • [email_address]