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        • Randy Dykhuis, Executive Director, Michigan Library Consortium
        • November 30, 2007
      • Nonprofit, 501(c)3
      • Multitype
      • OCLC Regional Network
      • Group licensing
      • Training
      • Michigan eLibrary
      • Best of the Web
        • Librarian selectors
      • Databases
        • 35+ databases at no charge
        • Support/training
      • MeLCat
        • INN-Reach software
        • 200+ libraries
        • Many different automated systems
      • Delivery
        • ProMed, Michigan-based courier company
        • 350+ libraries using
        • Flat-rate per stop
        • 2-5 stops per week
        • $760 - $2,500 annually
        • Required for MeLCat participation
      • Commitment within the office
      • Choose open source whenever possible
      • 10 million residents
      • 385 public libraries
      • 100+ academics
        • 15 public universities
        • 28 community colleges
        • 65+ private & other colleges
      • 525 public school districts
        • 200+ charter schools
      • Most libraries are automated
      • Many public and school libraries have small stand-alone systems with limited functionality
      • Many libraries wish they had better systems
      • Two problems:
        • Small budgets for automation
        • Lack of staff to run the system
      • Commercial vendors
        • Innovative Interfaces – best choice for MeLCat partcipation
        • Polaris – responsive company, affordable
      • Open source software
        • Koha
        • Evergreen
      • Used by 270+ libraries in Georgia
      • Developed by the state library
      • Developed especially for a consortium
      • Up & running in September 2006
      • Much work left to be done
        • Acquisitions & Serials
        • Many smaller features
      • Strong interest from libraries around the state
        • Mostly small-medium public libraries
      • Grand Rapids Public Library
        • 197,000 population served, 1.09 million volumes, 1.4 million circ
        • MLC's partner
        • Data center
        • Migration to Evergreen planned for late 2008
      • 5 – 10 libraries to join a pilot program
      • Go live in 2008
      • Costs for the pilot will be shared by the participants
        • Hardware – Dell servers to be purchased & housed at Grand Rapids Public Library
        • Data migration
        • Training
        • Support
      • Demonstrations at Michigan Library Association annual conference were very successful
      • Have two libraries that have committed to joining the pilot project
      • Have assigned two staff members to the project
      • Policies & implementation documentation are underway
      • Aiming for July 1, 2008 start-up for first libraries
      • Changing the marketplace
        • A new model for acquiring an ILS
        • System features are determined by library need not vendor profit
      • Brings cooperation to a new level
        • Development is under library control not a vendor
        • Small gains for some translates to gains for all
      • Everyone plays
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