Our Journey to A New Automation System
Monday, May 10, 2004
College of DuPage's library also has a Weblog.
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Look!, Roselle Public Library has a weblog.
Monday, May 03, 2004
Sorry I haven't updated in awhile. Here's a summary of what's going on/about to happen:

  • Our trainer was here for two days last week training Circulation staff on the new system
  • Our bibliographic, item and authority records from the old system (as of 4/30) are being sent to the new vendor today
  • Catalogers will suspend cataloging this week until they're trained on the new system (5/12-13). No new records will be added to the old system.
  • Yabin is working with Children's and Adult services on customizing the Web OPAC. There's a meeting today to discuss this. Please submit any ideas you have to your supervisor if you can't attend.
  • Monday, March 01, 2004
    Our new server will be installed on March 30th. Our first training sessions will take place on March 31st and April 1st. This training will cover OPAC searching and system administration.

    Remember that not all staff will be trained by the vendor's trainer. A core group of staff will participate in these training sessions and they, in turn, will train their colleagues.

    If you have any questions about training, please talk to your department head or Mary Medjo.
    Thursday, February 12, 2004
    Welcome to the 'blog everybody!
    Thursday, February 05, 2004
    Don't forget about the mandatory staff meeting regarding the automation project on February 12th (Thursday) at 10am or 2pm.
    Even former President Jimmy Carter has a weblog.
    Here's what's happened so far in our transition:

  • We signed the contract.
  • We received a Getting Started Manual.
  • Our Project Leader, Mary Medjo, had an initial conference call with the vendor's Project Leader yesterday.
  • We delivered our bibliographic, item and authority data to the vendor last night.

    The vendor has a sample timeline that outlines 25 events to transitioning to their system. We've completed 4 steps so far. Only 21 to go!

    Here's an example of linking to an image:

    A popular use of weblogs is linking to websites of interest to a weblog's readers. For example, lots of library weblogs today will be linking to this article in the New York Times entitled, "When a Search Engine Isn't Enough, Call a Librarian." (You must be a registered member of the NYT website to view the article)
    Welcome to our new weblog about transitioning to a new system. If you're wondering what a weblog is, click here to find out more!

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