Michigan & Open Source Software


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How Michigan libraries are using Evergreen to transform their use of integrated library systems.

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Michigan & Open Source Software

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