PALS recently upgraded the East Grand Forks Campbell Library to Evergreen 2.3. The latest Evergreen release has improved acquisitions and serials functionality, many stability and security improvements and an additional OPAC interface designed specifically for children.
PALS staff members (Stephen Elfstrand, Carrie Curie, Simon Mai, Dee Nolan, and Alex Kent) greatly enjoyed attending the Evergreen International Conference in Vancouver, B.C. from April 10-13.
It is my pleasure to announce that Carrie Curie has joined the PALS Training and Support Team.
Many of you know her already, from her more than eight years at Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead Campus. There, her knowledge of Aleph made her a key player in all library activities. Carrie has served on many of the Consortium of MnPALS Libraries User Groups, Steering Committees and Task Forces, so she knows the consortium as well. Carrie will be providing support to both our Aleph and Evergreen customers.
Carrie grew up and attended college in Ohio. In 2003, she graduated from Kent State University with a MLIS.
Two of her favorite activities are reading books (in any format) and watching movies. She enjoys working on art and craft projects, although she freely admits that her attempts at knitting and crocheting turned out less than perfect. She is also looking forward to practicing on her French horn in her new apartment.
PALS recently added the Evergreen® SIP server to the suite of Evergreen services it provides for the East Grand Forks Campbell Library (EGFCL). With the addition of SIP, EGFCL library staff no longer have to manually add patrons for OverDrive authentication. When patrons check out an OverDrive eBook, OverDrive uses the SIP server to authenticate directly against the EGFCL patron database.
About the Evergreen SIP Server
The Evergreen SIP server provides Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) connectivity for the Evergreen ILS. The SIP protocol is required by a variety of hardware and software to interface with the ILS. Self-check systems, automatic materials handling and external authentication for patrons are examples of services that require the SIP protocol. Most current systems use Version 2.0 of the protocol, commonly referred to as SIP2. Evergreen supports SIP2.
PALS recently completed conversion of East Grand Forks Campbell Library to Evergreen ILS. PALS provided data migration, system configuration and customization as well as in-person and online training for the library staff. PALS will provide ongoing hosting, system administration and support services. PALS is working closely with the Campbell Library to further customize and refine the system to best match the needs of library patrons and staff.
Moving to Evergreen represents a significant technological improvement to the services Campbell Library provides. Patrons benefit from the robust and user-friendly library catalog and the ability to manage their personalized library accounts online. Library staff have access to a multitude of system options and controls through the full-featured Evergreen staff client software.