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  • Evergreen Team Meets with MassLNC

    Submitted by formerly adam on May 21, 2014

    On May 1st the Evergreen Team met with members of MassLNC to discuss various aspects of participation in the Evergreen open source development community. We had an energetic meeting and the folks from MassLNC provided lots of food for thought. They will be a valuable resource should we continue moving forward with Evergreen.

    One concern that the Evergreen Team has regarding open source development is that because Evergreen's user base is largely public libraries, features that FLO libraries might find useful are less likely to be considered high-priority development items by the community. We are seeing examples of this with reserves and some aspects of authority control.  

  • Evergreen Conference Recap

    Submitted by formerly adam on April 4, 2014

    Two weeks ago we were in the middle of the Evergreen conference. Eyebrows were raised, lightbulbs went on, brows were furrowed, lifelong friends were made. With our team members not all attending the same sessions or talking to the same people in the hallways we scheduled a debriefing for the week after to try to share what we learned.  It was an interesting discussion because it demonstrated how different our member libraries are. When discussing a particular feature a team member from one library said, "looks good to me" and a team member from another library, who attended the same session on that feature said, "it stinks".  

    So where do we go from here? Back to our subgroups and to the lists of key requirements we created earlier. We'll work on completing these as best we can based on what we learned at the conference, what we can see in existing systems, and what we can test in our local test system. We'll undoubtedly have some lingering questions we can't answer on our own. We'll try to resolve these by talking to other Evergreen users and developers in the next few weeks. Each subgroup will make a recommendation based on its findings. 

  • Evergreen Conference 2014

    Submitted by formerly adam on March 18, 2014

    We are in conference mode here at the office. The Evergreen International conference is in Cambridge, MA this year, and we are sending a whole hush of librarians to participate. Over the last few months the FLO Evergreen Team has been working to come up with a list of key features and functions that a new system would need. At the confernece one of our goals will be understanding how Evergreen handles these key functions. We think the conference will also be an opportunity to learn more generally about Evergreen: to learn about the roadmap for future development, to get to know the community as a whole, and to meet evergreen users from New England as well as other parts of the world.  FLO staff will split our time between the conference and the office to make sure we can attend conference sessions and keep things running smoothly back in the office as well.  


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  • Divide and Conquer

    Submitted by formerly adam on January 31, 2014

    On Thursday, January 30th, the Evergreen team met to begin working toward our first project goal, creating the criteria that the team will use to evaluate Evergreen. After some administrative chores and a brief question and answer session the team divided into subgroups, management, workflows and user-interface, to start the real work of the day. The task of each subgroup was to generate a list of key features and functionality for our ILS as seen from one of three user roles. 

    The next step in the process is putting these lists online for review and edits from group members. We will review the lists at our next meeting to discuss priorities of features - what has to be included, what we hope to see in the near future, and what would be nice to have eventually.