Aaron the Librarian
Ok, so it sounds like we're looking to move to thelsw.org - trying out Discourse and Commons in a Box. we should make it worth the admin's time and effort of trying them out. I nominate Blake as the main back-end orchestrator for these two instances (his subdomain recommendation sounds good, too). --- Forked from http://friendfeed.com/lsw...
I assume that everyone clicking like is a yea. Do we have any nays? Any discussion? - maʀtha
Just do it, yo. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, let's try them. The sooner we try the sooner we know if one or the other will work for us. - lris
Let's get her done. - laura x from iPhone
Yep, let's go! - Galadriel C. from Android
go team - maʀtha
i can probably lend a hand. not clear how at the moment, but my life is stuck inside systems all day, so there's probably some useful skill i can contribute. - henry
Uh... hullo, Blake? What say you? - Aaron the Librarian
~Courtney F
"Vendor: We can't turn on access until you pay" Me: "We can't pay without an invoice."
Why is this so hard? - ~Courtney F
*headdesk* - Catherine Pellegrino
them: "we can't turn it on until we have a signed license" us: "send us the license""send us a license we can accept based on our dealings with you over our 70 year existence""do you really need a license addendum for each additional book on your platform?" - Christina Pikas
I sometimes feel this way getting quotes from vendors. Don't you want me to spend money with you? - John: Thread Killer
them: we sent you an invoice, please pay. us: we have required state forms that must be completed before we can pay an invoice. we sent them three months ago; please complete them - we want to pay you. - Galadriel C.
"send us a license we can accept based our our dealings with you over our 70 year existence" YES! +1000. Why do we always have to start from the boilerplate when we ALWAYS ask for the same changes? - Grumpator
cause THIS time will be different. we'll accept any liability, any venue... and promise our kids will eat their broccoli and go to bed at 7:30 - Christina Pikas
I just got an invoice forwarded to me that is dated 04-2014 and has been circling the university like a hot potato for nearly a year; I called the vendor as it's unclear what it's even for. That was two days ago and I'm still waiting for a response. They clearly don't want our money. - Jen
Quietly shred that invoice, Jen. If you don;t hear back about it, it's all good - Aaron the Librarian
LSW: Joe
Cancelling databases is hard. Especially when they are in a bundled package.
We tried that once... and ended up billed a bit more withouut that "included with the bundle" database. It was pretty funny. - Aaron the Librarian
We are getting rid of the whole bundle. - Joe
Yep. Practically impossible. - lris
I'm working on a proposal to swap databases in a bundle; should be interesting, I'm surprised the vendor is even entertaining the notion. - Jen
A sales guy for a company that rhymes with SnowVest sold my business guy on a bundle that was more than what we were paying for a few core databases, but included some stuff that would let us cancel other databases. Then it turned out that stuff wasn't as comparable as business guy had been lead to believe, so we couldn't cancel. We also couldn't go back to the "grandfathered" pricing... more... - Holly's favorite Anna
In a conference preso I likened selecting a database to selecting the Pope. You can't cancel that shit! - Marie
Hah! - lris from Android
I <3 Marie. - Catherine Pellegrino
~Courtney F
just blasted one of our vendors for just now sending notice of a URL change that took place in December. Which we had already discovered, since our users could no longer access their product.
Mind saying which vendor, in case we missed the change? - Kirsten
We just learned yesterday about Business Monitor Online changing their URL when remote access stopped working. They did the same thing to us last year, too. - Stephen Francoeur
Honestly, when vendors do this, can we do a chargeback to them? We paid X for access, that's Y/day. Our access wasn't available for Z days, therefore we will be reducing our payment for next year by Y*Z. I'd love to have someone try it and see if it workd. - ellbeecee
Some licenses do allow for that. - Kirsten
Laura, I'd love to do that, but it would mean daily link checking for me to determine when access isn't available. Kirsten - ASHP Ebooks - ~Courtney F
yeah, I know, Courtney. I knew it was wishful thinking on my part. :) - ellbeecee
i have used repeated issues with access in negotiations, though, so there's that :) - ~Courtney F
I am surprised not to see more products on the market like http://sharpmoon.com/callisto/ and that few libraries purchase. We spend so much on resources but then don't ensure availability! - Lisa Hinchliffe
wow, I didn't know that existed! it looks pretty awesome. - RepoRat
I didn't know Callisto existed either, but I do know that in our case, our budgetary focus (at least until very recently) has been on resources for students and not tools for staff. - ~Courtney F
I tend to try to twist that argument to highlight that the cost of [whatever investment in tool which reduces staff time needed for a task] we get back [projected hours saved multipolied by staff salary cost(s)] for the person/people to provide direct assitance to students - Aaron the Librarian
We need infrastructure to provide resources for users - I see Callisto as the kind of thing that is ensuring service (like servers, network access, etc.). I should disclose that the founders of Sharp Moon are all former UIUC Library colleagues. I think it is a brilliant piece of software (and, no - we don't have it). - Lisa Hinchliffe
Anyone have a ballpark idea of Callisto's Pro price structure? - Heather
I have an email into them. They say they have free accounts for some educational institutions. - Joe
I love the LSW. - lris from Android
FWIW, I emailed with John (founder of Sharp Moon) and he's happy to correspond with anyone interested. And, like Joe said, some free. - Lisa Hinchliffe
I signed up (MPOW qualifies for free), but I haven't gotten further than that yet - ~Courtney F
I read this email subject so wrong. My brain went to a "Miss RUSA" contest at Midwinter and instead of a swimsuit competition would there be a cardigan and pencil-bun?
miss RUSA.jpg
I went the exact same way - Soup in a TARDIS
Yep - Meg VMeg
I saw the *exact* same thing! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Well now you need to make that happen. - Marie
For the talent portion...? - Julian
Hopefully more than a pencil and cardigan... - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Julian: shelf reading? - ellbeecee
ha! - maʀtha
Is there also a Mr RUSA contest? Cardigan and bow tie competition? - John Dupuis
:D I published a paper. The data life cycle applied to our own data http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc...
Great paper! I shared it with a colleague, who said she specifically LOL'ed at: "Over the course of the project, it became clear that record consistency correlated inversely with the number of people performing data entry." - Regular Amanda
laura x
New computer! Step 1) Download Firefox. Step 2) Open PhotoBooth. Step 3) Post to FF. Hi, all!
Photo on 11-29-14 at 5.07 PM.jpg
Air? - Meg VMeg from Android
Yup. 13" with extra gigs. - laura x
*waves* 👋 - Julian
Your hair looks great. - Meg VMeg from Android
Hi Julian! And thanks, Meg! My stylist is a genius. Also I am experimenting with leave-in conditioner. - laura x
Hi Laurax! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Don't forget: 5) PROFIT! - imabonehead
Yes, love the hair!! - Mama Lawson
Pretty Laura is pretty. - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Hooray for a new computer!!! - maʀtha
Hi and congratulations on the new computer! - Galadriel C. from Android
Janet, it's some hippie stuff from the coop. Whatever was on sale. Sadly, the waves fell out when my hair dried. Oh well. My stylist is still a genius, though, 'cause it still looks good. - laura x
hair looks great! … what computer did you end up getting? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
13" MacBook Air with extra memory and stuff. - laura x
yay you!! nice hair AND a MacBook Air!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*cuteness bump* - Marie
Still so cute! - Meg VMeg
incredibly so - MoTO Boychick Devil
omg, this article made my day: Sham Journal Accepts Totally Absurd But Completely Appropriate Paper http://io9.com/sham-jo...
prof. who sent it to me apologized for any offense for the f-work. My reply: "that article is fucking awesome." heh - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Last call for Unshelved's card-catalog-shaped USB drives. The kickstarter ends in 90 minutes. https://www.kickstarter.com/project...
"Our campaign is over but you will still be able to get Unshelved ebooks and USB drives. Head over here for more information!" http://www.unshelved.com/part... - henry
Thanks! - bentley
laura x
Greetings from the Iowa Library Association conference, where conference wifi continues to have the problems it did the last time I went to a conference in 2010.
Dr. Who references are not really hitting home with this audience. - laura x from iPhone
FDR references, however, are a hit. - laura x from iPhone
Exec board candidates are making statements that end "so vote for me or any of the other fine candidates." - laura x from iPhone
That's reminiscent of both times I ran for LITA president: running against a friend--both before and after the election---and if we'd had statements I'm sure that how we'd end them. - walt crawford
If there is any state that should know about how to run a campaign, it's Iowa. - Andy
laura x
My book is in 100 libraries.
That is a great accomplishment! - Steve C, Team Marina
I do find the wording of this URL interesting... http://www.amazon.com/Night-S... - Joe
this book contains 'unexpected Laura Crossett' ;-) - Heleninstitches #teamff
Checked out 7 times here! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
No one expects Laura Crossett, surprise is her greatest weapon. - Blake
I know at least one library that has it that is not in worldcat. - Katy S from iPhone
*wonders who will play him in movie version* what? it could happen ... FF could be a kind of pseudo Greek Chorus - MoTO Boychick Devil
Katy, yup, my library has it and isn't in Worldcat. I assume there are others. - laura x from iPhone
So I think you could safely say "my book is in 100 PLUS libraries." - Regular Amanda
...and no MINUS libraries! - Aaron the Librarian
And it's on my kindle. I checked Wyldcat to verify that only 4 WY libraries have it, and it's true. BAD FORM, Wyoming librarians. - kaijsa
Cameron Neylon
Apologies to all but am afraid I was interviewed today on "the future of libraries"
BUT something occurred to me during that which is the difference between longevity as a mission objective in terms of the preservation *function* vs the longevity of the *institution* so as to deliver that function. I presume someone has written/thought about this at length? It only really occurred to me then. - Cameron Neylon
...and that challenges in management planning (prediction beyond or even within the mythical 5 year plan) play out differently if you focus on a different one of those two things. - Cameron Neylon
This was in answer to a question on "what timeframes should libraries plan for". And my first answer was "centuries" and my second was "it depends on what you mean by 'plan'". - Cameron Neylon
10 lashes with a piece of tattle tape for you! ;) - lris
Oh, I think we plan for both? Unless I'm not understanding what you mean by preservation function. - Meg VMeg
Who was the interviewer? Do you have a link with more info about it? - Joe
Would another term for preservation in terms of "longevity of the institution" be "sustainability"? Or does that muddy the waters even further? - Catherine Pellegrino
Libraries should not plan (as in "strategic plan") instead should set goals and adopt useful strategies http://www.ssireview.org/blog... [eta: too bad this program was cancelled at ALA Annual http://ala14.ala.org/node... ] - Aaron the Librarian
Sorry, that wasn't very clear. I was trying to articulate that "Library as memory institution" doesn't necessarily imply the *library* hangs around forever but that the relevant functions (preservation, curation, weeding etc) do. The interview was part of a project at a UK research university looking at what it is doing for the future, so not a media thing. - Cameron Neylon
So was wondering whether when people think about ensuring that those activities have a long life (centuries) do they just assume the institution continues or do they think about how to ensure that the functions will continue (and one way of doing that is to institutionalise them). I may be just thinking myself in knots here but it seemed like an important point at the time. - Cameron Neylon
@Aaron Yes! That's more or less exactly what I said (only with...like...rationale and stuff). Will pass that on to the interviewer! - Cameron Neylon
I think you're entirely right, Cameron. I have sometimes phrased this in terms of opportunity and opportunity cost -- as New Stuff comes around, libraries have to consciously decide whether it's Library Stuff or not. Naturally there are risks in both directions: New Stuff that's a waste of time or off-mission, vs. New Stuff that gets institutionalized (as you put it) outside the library because the library dithered instead of committing to it. - RepoRat
And honestly, wouldn't it be nice if we did more to preserve stuff collectively and less trying to justify ourselves locally? - barbara fister
Weeeellllll, yes, but that puts us in the exact vulnerable position that university presses got into. UPs were/are *systemically* vital but *locally* hard to justify, which after a while meant Very Large Axes got taken to their subsidies. It's a dangerous line to walk. - RepoRat
Dude, local or die :) - Meg VMeg
Which means issues best addressed systemically... don't get effectively addressed. If there's an answer to this dilemma, I dunno what exactly it is. - RepoRat
Is the interview going to appear anywhere? And as for systematically, I think the Ontario-wide Scholars Portal collaboration shows potential for libraries getting together and saving the world a little bit. - John Dupuis
@John: no I don't think so, it was a strategic planning exercise not a media thing. @RepoRat, MegVMeg: Another aspect was the question of the "local" libraries within the institution, departmental, college etc. I made the point that local provision was no doubt being justified on the basis of local user need, and that was a good justification, but what about user groups that didn't have... more... - Cameron Neylon
Hmmmm...through hiring diverse staff, through programming/outreach and surveys, through paying attention to the community when they leave the walls of the library and paying attention to hunches. It's definitely a big question, but it's one we bother to struggle with and think about, and one that gets discussed in LIS education. - Meg VMeg
Mr. The Jason Fleming
I had a dream last night where the library did a hostile takeover of the theater
laura x
WEEDING. There is going to be room in the mystery stacks by the end of this week if I have to get rid of every last duplicate copy I have, dammit.
Not the Cat Who Mysteries!! *prostrates self across the B section* :-p - Hedgehog
Oh, I'm keeping those. I'm just not keeping two copies of them. - laura x
^^^ and common sense prevails once again in the heart of the Midwest! Huzzah! - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
That was less "weed" than it was "slash and burn." - laura x
Sometimes that's the best option. - Katy S from iPhone
*has EVERY "Cat Who..." book ever, some in both hard and softcover* #secret - Big Joe Silenced
oh, and the cookbook. 0_o - Big Joe Silenced
Good for you!! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
i inherited 2/3 of them in paperback form from my late paternal grandmother. she gave them to me without explanation just before she died and i ended up reading all of them afterwards. - Big Joe Silenced
I have full run of softcover and the cookbook too! I keep meaning to make kabibles or the Iris Cobb recipes. - Hedgehog from Android
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Yep. That's an Otto & Igor totebag by artist John LaFree. Cutest. Swagbag. Evar. - http://johnlafree.com/collect...
Yep. That's an Otto & Igor totebag by artist John LaFree. Cutest. Swagbag. Evar.
phew - jambina
so really we need a wake. - kendrak
sounds like we should pull an Edson for libraries... oh wait, he kinda did already! http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm... - jambina
nah, let's rebrand the wheel. BIBLIOTECA FUTURISMO! - kendrak
Can we put big fins on the back of the building? - DJF from Android
I want to talk about the future of futurists. - Zamms
Your Unconference should totally include a wake for libraries. - ~Courtney F
Write a melodica piece "Dirge for libraries" - jönαthaη
theremin. this totally calls for a theremin. - RepoRat
listeners know i don't have a theremin, otherwise it'd be on the show. - kendrak
Wait, we covered my opinion on the future of libraries on the last show didn't we? I could just repeat my one thought on this over and over again and could become a paid consultant! - Zamms
you do have consultant hair. - kendrak
ONLY TWO MORE MONTHS TO LIVE! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Two months it will be 10/12/14. Is that going to be bad for libraries for some reason? - Joe
Libraries will die the day before my birthday. THAT'S SIGNIFICANT SOMEHOW. - Zamms
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons - http://shelfcheck.blogspot.com/2014...
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons
I love the magic 8 ball one - maʀtha from Bookmarklet
I should just buy a Magic 8 ball for the desk - maʀtha
Magic 8 ball FTW! - RepoRat
omg I love the argyle one - Soup in a TARDIS
laura x
Found at the library today. Label reads "Files from old computer index--see 'Computer Files' pre Y2K."
this would make a good slide for something - maʀtha
CC-BY. :D - laura x
laura x
Our library's IP address range is currently blocked from Craigslist.
no more shenanigans for you, missy! - maʀtha
RT @sarahmaclean: This is your regular reminder that there is no X in “Espresso.” #coffeeshopwoes
MLB All-Star Game to feature self-serve beer machines - ESPN - http://espn.go.com/mlb...
MLB All-Star Game to feature self-serve beer machines - ESPN
Is this a good idea? - Julian from Bookmarklet
Probably not. Aside from any concern about someone being underage, people who've been drinking are not the best at operating unfamiliar (or even familiar) machinery. - Jennifer Dittrich
Then again, if you can't operate it then you don't get the beer, so.... - Kirsten
True, though people do tend to get ornery when thwarted like that. I wonder if they've got a function to summon security built in? - Jennifer Dittrich
Regular Amanda
Srsly, just Google it.
(Sorry, that's my cranky response to twiddly citation questions.) - Regular Amanda
(also my cranky response to "how do I get Excel to do this" questions) - Catherine Pellegrino
a student asked me if I could help her if, in the future, she has Qs about using Mac instead of PC. I said, um, maybe. She said "well, I guess I could just Google it." :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety. I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety. I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety... #finals
My own procrastination,on the other hand ... oh, say, would like some of my anxiety? You're so helpful, thanks. - barbara fister
Yeah, I just got a panicked annotated-bib-due-tonight email. That I'm posting this during the 10 free minutes I have to shove a luna bar in my mouth before the desk tells you a bit about how sympathetic I'm feeling. - kaijsa
Aaron the Librarian
Double checking myself before answering an easy copyright question: reproducing an image from a 1917 newspaper is fine because public domain. Right?
In the U.S., yep. - lris
Addendum, reproducing a reproduction may not be fine. But reproducing the thing itself: totally public domain. - lris
Reproducing a reproduction ("slavish copy") is also fine. Though many museums commit copyfraud on this point. - JffKrlsn from Android
Except if the reproduction is governed by a license agreement, as is pretty much all digital content. License trumps copyright. - lris
If there is a license agreement in the way, it would be slavishly reproducing a reproduction anyway ;) Thanks for the addendum, I think that's what was poking me that I couldn't think of - Aaron the Librarian from Android
To clarify, while contracts do generally trump copyright, not every contract is valid, and you may not actually be a party to the contract. A museum can post reproductions of public domain art on its website and say, "By using this website, you agree that if you use these images you will include x information". But that is likely not a valid, enforceable contract. The reproduction... more... - JffKrlsn
Turns out this was the author creating/saving a TIFF of a political cartoon from a physical microfilm copy of a local newspaper from 1917. So, totally public domain. My response above Jeff's was meant in jest about a digital microfilm copy downloaded and cropped from a licensed archival database :) - Aaron the Librarian
I think that what we've all learned from this is to make sure that there are no panellists named "Jane".
Or Dan. - RepoRat
Or having the initials SA. - Joe
My student employee found this while weeding.
I'm sure lasagna is a dilemma for doctors. Yep. - RepoRat
That's right up there with the volume of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians that covers entries from Back to Bolivia. - Catherine Pellegrino
I loved that album - DJF
Grove Dictionary of Art has a volume that covers entries from Leather to Macho. (Those wacky folks at Grove!) - Catherine Pellegrino
Now I'm hungry. - Jason P
From the lasagna? Or? :) - Christina Pikas from iPhone
The 1911 Britannica (which I grew up with; don't ask) has a MUN to PAY volume that I always thought had pun potential, but Grove always takes the cake in this contest. - laura x
It's just that episode of Doctor Who where he fights monsters that look like food. - Andy
That reminds me of my favorite treatise at one of my insurance clients (they also to some maritime law) - "The Law of Seamen" - I'm always careful how I pronounce that. - Steven M. Cohen
My sister was tweeting this morning about macaroni cheese too. I guess I've got dinner sorted. - Deborah Fitchett
You know, Elsevier, I don't want students to ever see an option to purchase articles in a database we license. This is what ILL is for (or possibly purchase on demand).
An Elsevier rep just asked me on the phone whether I had any feedback about ScienceDirect. Well, yes, I do! - maʀtha
Those yachts don't buy themselves, Martha. - Andy
the hell with databases we licence. If the provider knows who we are, as evidenced by a "Welcome, member of [MPOW]" message at the top of the page, then I don't want to see an option to purchase. - DJF
^^^Word.^^^ - kaijsa
ANDY!!! *tacklehugs* - maʀtha
I just sent Elsevier a support ticket asking why their "Get Full Text Elsewhere" button has to appear on article records just below the button that connects to our link resolver. http://www.screencast.com/users... - Stephen Francoeur
thank you, Stephen. they need to hear this from someone other than me - maʀtha
On a related note, we're finding our link resolver (SFX) gets confused in ScienceDirect. If we see an article record in ScienceDirect for something we don't have access to, we can click our Find It icon, get a SFX menu, and see a target link for DOI. Clicking that DOI target link then brings you right back to the same damn article in ScienceDirect that we don't have access to. Here's a... more... - Stephen Francoeur
That's because DOIs are designed to point to the canonical (ie, publisher) copy, rather than to the appropriate copy. - DJF
Can you use display logic to prevent your Science Direct target from displaying if the source is SD, Stephen? I'm not at work yet (training) but I can tell you what we have when I get there. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Jaclyn, that's a good suggestion that I'll pass on to the person who manages SFX for all the CUNY libraries (we have a shared installation). - Stephen Francoeur
Elsevier rep got back to me about my support ticket asking whether we could make the "Get Full Text Elsewhere" button go away. No luck. But she suggested that we're free to make our link resolver button bigger. I'm thinking of going ginormous with a new icon. - Stephen Francoeur
Significant portions of the Polaris ILS desktop client rely on Internet Explorer. In most cases, that traffic will stay within your local network, but still... oops...
desktop client... relies on web browser?! *facepalm* - Aaron the Librarian
Right up there with a "web application" that depends on Internet Explorer and ActiveX. - Julian
Happy birthday to the LSW, founded 4/27/2007. It's been a fantastic 7 years. *hugs everyone*
*dons festive hat* - LB needs a vacation from Android
So much love to everyone - maʀtha
cake? will there be cake? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*sets up 15 French presses* - maʀtha
*cartwheels through the stacks* - laura x from iPhone
Huh, I joined tumblr the same day... - Aaron the Librarian
There will always be cake - Aaron the Librarian
The cake is a lie :( - Meg VMeg
Luckily, the professional development is the truth. #librarian - lris
I brought pie as a backup. - Julian
Thank goodness, Julian. We wouldn't want to disappoint #teampie - maʀtha
*raises a glass to Meebo* - RepoRat
Wow... happy anniversary to us. Can't believe it's been 7 years already - Hedgehog
How about Pie inside of cake. Because. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
Hey, that means the LSW is exactly 39 years younger than C! - Catherine Pellegrino
Wait... we need full tea service for this party. - Julian
and a butler - maʀtha
white gloves? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I want to restart the pie conversation, cuz I Like Pie. Happy Birthday, LSW, you old coot! - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Anyone a Polaris customer? We're still waiting for the "April Fool's" follow up on this one... http://www.iii.com/polaris
See http://www.thedigitalshift.com/wp-cont... for context: check Innovative's total-install stats, then check Polaris's. Full article at http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2013... - RepoRat
Looks to me like Innovative can't win new customers (and is hemorrhaging existing ones) so is resorting to buying them. - RepoRat
Thanks for the links! - kelly
can't go wrong with Marshall Breeding; dude checks his work. - RepoRat
seconding rr, marshall is about the only one i trust when it comes to reporting info on library systems, and a few other things as well. always unbiased and solid info - Sir Shuping is just sir
We're a Polaris customer. We haven't heard anything. I would have assumed this was April Fool's all the way, but that FAQ on the III site is really specific with exactly the questions I'd be asking Polaris. - Greg Schwartz
perhaps if they hadn't hired a Director of Library Futures... - Hedgehog
not an April Fools joke... https://twitter.com/library... - jambina
for an April 1 joke, they'd have to get Polaris in on it or they'd get sued out of existence... and I can't really see that happening. - RepoRat
We're about to move to Polaris in 3 weeks. Fun times. - laura x
Even from outside of Libraryland, I quite intimately know this move by III. - Julian
Marshall Breeding writes fast. http://www.alatechsource.org/blog... - RepoRat
My sales rep confirmed it as well. And yes, of course, had it been a joke, Polaris would have to have been in on it. It was posted on their site too. - Greg Schwartz
That looks like a press release, RR. - Andy
Or maybe not. Damn, that dude writes fast. - Andy
Is there a simple explanation as to what this means in libraryland? This is an area I really don't follow or know much about. - Andy
For me, it probably means an RFP for a new ILS vendor contract. Bah. - Greg Schwartz
For us it means we just spent a couple of years making a decision to go with one vendor over another only to find out now that they are about to be the same vendor in the future. - laura x
Bigger picture, it means fewer good options for public libraries and a reduction in competition in the space, both in terms of innovation and pricing. - Greg Schwartz
But it also means that the people I really like and respect at Polaris just got paid. So that's cool. - Greg Schwartz
If (ok, I'll say when) anything happens, it will be years from now. At this point they'll say both products are continuing going forward. They might try to say things like SirsiDynix did when they were going to roll out Rome to replace Unicorn and Horizon (and Dynix) and then fireball the whole thing, pick one ILS, and then try to incorporate the best features from the other ILS into... more... - John: Thread Killer
Early on, pay closer attention to your relationships with sales and support than to changes in the products themselves. The people at the companies with whom you have the most direct contact will not immediately have all the answers, so be nice about expectations of change. I look at the acquisition as III tapping Polaris to lead their public library strategy (which has historically needed help), and Polaris gaining the resources it has needed to more effectively keep its (rapid) growth moving forward. - Julian
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