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System Director’s Report

May 2009

There may have been a time when summer’s approach meant things slowed down, but that has not been the case at SCLS this year. It feels like we picked up speed with the arrival of May and are moving into a higher gear as we head into summer.

The basic space design for the new office is complete, colors and finishes have been chosen and we have signed the lease. More detailed plans for cabling, telecommunications and telephone will be developed as the next steps. Our application for the jobs grant has been approved and that project is now moving ahead. A new release of Library Online, our PC reservation and time management product, was successfully rolled out this morning. SCLS staff hosted a successful web-based continuing education event last week for more than one hundred participants, including one from the UK. The Technology Governance Conference on May 15th was well attended and very productive.

Also last week, SCLS and UW systems procurement staff negotiated terms to extend our delivery contract. The UW folks now have the draft revised contract for review. The statewide Delivery Advisory Committee also met in May, and Delivery staff completed a data count that confirmed a large increase in volume.

The Koha project is moving along, and a trainer from LibLime was in Madison for two days for demonstrations, training and discussions. A new post on the Koha implementation blog (http://scls.typepad.com/link2koha/) includes positive comments from member library staff about what they saw. While plans are made for the new system, the current system must continue to be supported. A “system resize,” a maintenance operation required to maintain optimal performance, was successfully completed in 29 hours over Memorial Day weekend. This operation looks at all the files on the Dynix system and sizes the file to fit the data with some room for growth. Dynamic databases like ours have so much activity that this type of operation is needed at regular intervals.

The Library at Prairie du Sac will be moving to a new space after Culver's officials announced the company will donate its building at 540 Water St. to the village for its library. The library will be renamed the Ruth Culver Community Library in honor of the franchise's co-founder, who died last year.
The Cottage Grove Community Library Board voted to transfer their donations and land to the Friends of the Cottage Grove Community Library, a non-profit designed to support the mission of the library board. The move was described by a board member as a "safeguard," following a 6-1 vote by the village board to rescind the library ordinance and dissolve the library board

There will a lot more to report when we see you on the 8th.