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System Director’s Report
March 2010

Remember that on, and then off again, deal for Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc. (PTFS) to acquire LibLime, our open source library system vendor? Well, it is back on. In fact, as of March 15, it is “a done deal.”

A PTFS staff member is planning to visit Madison again in the next few weeks to further discuss our project.  We were pleased to hear that a portion of the purchase price to be paid to LibLime principles has been put into escrow to be released only after we go live on the new system. This should keep everyone focused and motivated to complete our project.

The most recent Delivery volume count set a new record, with 10,000 more items picked up and dropped off in March 2010 than in the same month last year. However, with the exception of some non-Madison Dane County libraries, the rate of growth is leveling off compared to previous years.

For those involved in the Summer Library Program, it is a very busy time. The copier is cranking out reams of program flyers and other graphic art requests and the school visit DVD is about to move from planning into production.

The audit was completed last week and the official audit report will be presented to you at our May meeting.

We are following the almost daily announcements about building proposals for the new (or remodeled) Madison Central Library. Changes at our resource library have an impact on services provided to all our other members. No matter the final plan that is chosen, our staff will need to closely coordinate with Madison on telecommunications and workstation moves and adjustments to delivery and ILS routines. At this point, all we can do is watch from the sidelines and offer to help in any way we can.

Just FYI - there is a nice blog post about member libraries and SCLS at: http://jheaton.livejournal.com/989869.html

And I’ll see you on the 12th.