LIBRARY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM MIGRATION

July & August 2000 Activities Report

Scott Bennett

 

INTRODUCTION

This is the fourth of thirty monthly reports on the status of the Yale University Library's migration to a new Library Management System (LMS). These reports are intended to provide a convenient summary account of LMS migration activities and the thinking that informs them.

Comments about this project are welcome. Such comments can be made publicly on the YULIB listserv or addressed individually to the LMS Migration Project Manager by sending a message to audrey.novak@yale.edu

ORBIS2 PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.library.yale.edu/orbis2/public/orbis2.htm

SUMMARY OF ORBIS2 ACTIVITIES DURING JULY & AUGUST 2000

Selection criteria. Thanks to the effort of 36 staff, the first round of Work Group activity was successfully completed in August. All five Selection Criteria Work Groups submitted their final reports by the end of August. Audrey Novak has edited the reports, to secure consistency across Work Groups, and the Migration Management Group has reviewed and approved them. The library will be guided by these criteria as it considers competing library systems.

Stating our selection criteria is a major initial step in migrating to a new Library Management System. The criteria are being shared with vendors and may be consulted at the Project's Web site under Final Criteria Documents (http://www.library.yale.edu/orbis2/public/activity/finalcriteria.html). Hearty congratulations and heartfelt thanks are due to the Work Groups!

Demo situations. Nine Work Groups involving 47 library staff have been created to specify the specific operational situations we will pose to vendors in inviting them to conduct in-depth demonstrations of their products. These Work Groups have made a good beginning with their assignments. Progress may be monitored on the Demo Work Groups page: http://www.library.yale.edu/orbis2/public/wkgroup/demowkgrp.html

Other process items. Two library staff members attending ALA provided particularly useful reports of their review of vendor products and of their conversations with colleagues using these products at other libraries. These reports are available at the Project's Web site; please request the required password from Audrey Novak.

Audrey has also:

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