University Center STP!
took a big step forward this month. A SUNY University Center is now using the SUNYConnect
LMS (ALEPH500). With the addition of Binghamton University, SUNYConnect has taken
on a certain critical mass that will help subsequent tasks such as the union catalog and
individual campus implementations. Adding one of SUNY's largest libraries to SUNYConnect
represents a growing collection of catalog data under the ALEPH umbrella. This milestone
also signifies the growing ALEPH knowledge among library staffs around SUNY.
"We've spent an enormous amount of time checking our data, and we don't see any remaining issues related to data conversion," reported Sandy Card Binghamton's Head of Cataloging. With that Binghamton indicated that a major step in the ALEPH implementation was complete and that they were ready to "switch to production" January 2, 2002.
"We're in business!," exclaimed Andy Perry, Assistant Director of Libraries for Systems, Binghamton University.
"Following the successful completion of the NOTIS data conversion on December
26th, Binghamton University Libraries switched to production (STP) on ALEPH January 2nd.
... Our website
links have now been switched to the new catalog. We wish to extend our thanks to
everyone who helped with the project." Along with the more standard and extensive
implementation tasks, Binghamton provided testing of the loading programs for Marcive
records, evaluated a separate database of government documents and provided additional
service to the SUNYConnect community in areas such as web opac customization and
software upgrade/maintenance procedures. http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/webdocs/bearcat.html
Binghamton's STP "is very exciting; they have done a good job," said the Office of Library and Information Services' Maureen Zajkowski. "They planned well, divvied up the various migration chores among a number of different staff members and, most significantly, facilitated the implementation process with Ex Libris."
"Implementation of ALEPH, the SUNYConnect system, was one of the two top priorities for the Libraries," Eleanor Heishman, Director of Libraries." The emphasis was on preparing the data for loading and, once loaded, verifying the accuracy of the load. The implementation process and organizational structure developed at Binghamton is considered by SUNY System Administration to be a model. The involvement of staff and the emphasis on shared decision-making is resulting in shared knowledge of the components of the system."
This new addition to SUNYConnect represents approximately one and a half million library titles. Congratulations to Binghamton upon reaching this milestone and thanks for their efforts on behalf of their campuses and the greater SUNYConnect world.
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