Pioneer’s Progress - MPLA/NLA/NSLA Tri-Conference
10/25/2012 02:16:00 PM | Author: Christa
Friday, October 19, 2012
Pat Leach, Director, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE

A few years ago conversation began in Nebraska about using open source ILS for whole state. A lot of libraries could join, take advantage of software, save on cost of ownership, work together.

Began to migrate to Koha. Lincoln – May 2011. Libraries as small as towns of 100, Lincoln is 270,000.

Share software. Contract with PTFS LibLime – they do training, developing. Preparing for extraction/migration into the system.

Consortium great opportunity to work together, problem solve together, make product the best it can be working together.

Tami Teasley, Lincoln City Libraries – demo

Each library page, totally customized for them, users don’t even know you're in a consortium.

Default search is Keyword. Think Google. Can switch to others, if you as a librarian, are more comfortable with author, title, etc.

Book cover images come from Amazon, free service.

Patrons can make purchase suggestions thru their accounts – library will reply – yes, we’ll buy it. No we won’t, please try ILL. Suggestions come into acquisitions for libraries to accept/reject.

Patrons can create lists.

Staff side of Koha:

Can see all consortium info/holdings.

Advanced search – limit to branch/library.

Steve Fosselman, Grand Island Public Library
Membership chair of consortium

To join:

Contact Steve – send letter of interest. Public library – accredited, other libraries also accepted (WNCC first non-public!), have a web based catalog, able to accept MARC and willing to have web based catalog.

Complete application.

Pay $400 membership fee.

Clean up your library's holdings, patron data, weed collection as needed.

Quote for migration will be sent by Koha/PTFS.

Then you work with technical committee and PTFS to migrate.

Membership costs:
Initial fee $400
Setup fee from PTFS – depends on size of your database, max is $1500
15 cents per bib record
$200 assessment fee for first year maintenance. Then maintenance fee based on your legal service area, operating revenues, collection size, and circulation. Minimum $400.

Charges are determined by the consortium members, not vendor.

Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission:

Library improvement grants – federal money. LSTA from IMLS. We don’t know yet what our federal allocation of LSTA funds are – after election and federal budget is known.

NLC is very supportive of this effort, it’s important for the state. Vendors are also realizing that open source is the way to go.

Some technical issues at beginning for some libraries. Consortium now has a dedicated tech person (Andrew "Sherm" Sherman) who will go to any library and work with them on any problems.

Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library:

Recognition/celebration of progress made so far. Balloons, certificates, ribbons!
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