Volume 3 Number 1
|Libraries and sub-libraries; bases and indexing;
GUIs, ADMs, STPs and INIs; codes (and more codes)...it has begun. "It," of
course, is the ALEPH500 implementation. Has it begun? Just ask Vince Courtney of Fredonia.
Fredonia is on the "fast track" with their Switch to Production (STP) day,
January 31, 2001.
Or ask Mark Ludwig of University at Buffalo. Mark, and others at Binghamton, Oswego and Stony Brook, have been busy setting up Sun computers for use by some of the SUNYConnect LMS participants. Or ask Marlene Harris, Ex Libris Project Leader for SUNYConnect. Marlene and other Ex Libris staffers have been traveling the state of New York with some of the stops also in, seemingly, the snow capitals of the world (Chicago and Buffalo).
Oswego is a pilot site and a LAIP library. Their System Librarian, Natalie Sturr, has a great deal of experience working together with colleagues from around SUNY to achieve a common goal. Natalie is carrying that model into her work on the SUNYConnect LMS. For example, the day that Ex Libris announced the availability of Oswego's first test database, Natalie sent around a very helpful document that she had put together describing the details needed to configure the software "clients" properly. Since then, Natalie has revised, supplemented and re-distributed that document.
More and more examples of these shared efforts assisting the university community towards a shared goal are becoming evident. As others get their SUNYConnect LMS "legs" such group efforts across and among SUNY institutions will occur.
Vince Courtney is the Project Leader at Fredonia. This is what Vince had to say about the migration process,
Buffalo -- Sun computer (in use by Fredonia) installed and configured with ALEPH software. Initial configuration discussions for Buffalo's implementation have been conducted.
Binghamton -- Hardware installed and configured; test database available soon; receiving training; reviewing configuration and indexing decisions.
Oswego -- Hardware installed and configured; evaluating test databases; receiving training; reviewing configuration and indexing decisions
Stony Brook -- hardware installed and configured; receiving training; reviewing configuration and indexing decisions.
Tompkins Cortland -- Evaluating test databases; receiving training; reviewing configuration and indexing decisions.
Ex Libris already had considerable experience migrating NOTIS customers to their ALEPH500 system. Now they are gaining important skills regarding Multilis and PALS data. Thanks to Mr. Galen Charlton (Ex Libris) especially for all of his efforts.
Additional hardware, to be used for production systems, training and software demonstrations, is on order. The SUNYConnect Advisory Council is scheduled to announce the next list of ALEPH implementers by mid-April of this year.
Many, many people create the progress in this project. Only a handful of those people are mentioned here in this article. SUNY OLIS extends its thanks to all concerned (from SUNY and from Ex Libris, in particular) for your efforts to date. A successful project of this sort creates more than a workable automation system. It creates a community. Welcome to the new millennium.
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