July 16: PALS partners with East Central Regional Library to implement the Evergreen Open Source Library System
East Central Regional Library now has a new library system thanks to an innovative partnership with PALS. PALS provided migration and configuration services, trained ECRL staff, and wrote documentation on the use of the system. PALS is providing hosting services and ongoing support to ECRL.
PALS is excited to provide services to public libraries, and this partnership is an example of intergovernmental cooperation that ensures tax dollars are used to maximum effect.
June 29: Updated priv-08, priv-09, priv-13 Reports in Aleph
PALS has updated the priv-08, priv-09, and priv-13 reports in Aleph to have a Sublibrary dropdown choice in the report setup window. If you have used these reports in the past, you cannot simply rerun the reports from the previous service forms, due to the additional sublibrary parameter.
We are making this Sublibrary dropdown choice addition to other priv reports. We will send additional messages to the mnpals-discuss list as we move them over to production.
Please view the Help windows for these reports for additional information. If you have questions, please let us know. You can call, email or enter a question via the Support Center.
At the meetings of the Executive Committee and the User Council on September 9, PALS will propose a timeline for the upgrade to Aleph version 20 for their endorsement. We propose to do this upgrade over the next two months, with a goal of upgrading the production server during the weekend of November 6-7, 2010. Although at one time we were considering scheduling this upgrade for the spring of 2011, this fall now seems like the better time to do it for the following reasons.
The East Central Regional Library, which is based in Cambridge and serves Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties, will soon become the first Minnesota public library system to migrate to an open source integrated library system, Evergreen.
The migration is also a first for the PALS office in Mankato, which is hosting East Central Regional’s new Evergreen-based catalog. Barbara Misselt, Director of East Central Regional Library, said migration from the library’s SirsiDynix-ILS is going well, and staff are doing testing and training on a test server.