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MassCat’s move to open source software: Why?

MassCat’s move to open source software: Why?






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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      • OPAC was outdated.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]