Thursday, 21 March 2013

Welcome to Port Augusta

Well its Thursday morning, so it must be another go live day here at PLS. We don't have a go library every Thursday, but we have had 4 libraries go live over the last 6 Thursdays.

Port Augusta has been working really hard to reach arrive at a smooth transition to their new system.  The library staff have chosen some warm almost desert themed colours for their Enterprise service. You can see it here.  I will add some photos of the day when they come to hand.

Having said that we've had a go live most Thursdays, things are about to change for the next few months.  The project team is using a different model to work with a group of School Community Libraries to get them all live on the same date - 29 April.  These libraries are:
  • Pt Broughton
  • Andamooka
  • Leigh Creek
  • Hawker
  • Quorn
  • Coober Pedy
  • Woomera
While most of these librareis are in the far north we're also including Pt Broughton, who has been keen to be involved for ages.  And as we will includ Pt Broughton's southern neighbours in May they provide a link between Kadina and Pt Pirie.

All of these libraries are currently doing their database clean up work on a 4th iteration of our SA Public Library Network database rather than on their current in-house LMSs.  We're hopeful that this will create cleaner records and a better match at the title record level.  The staff are busy & they're being supported by PLS staff to reach their go-live date. 

The gap between our current set of libraries joining and the group at the end of April is partly driven by them being a cluster of 7 that we are working on for a simultaneous go live, and also that we have Easter and school holidays in this period to interrupt our progress.  In fact the go live date for this group is the 1st day of Term 2.

Update: Below are a couple of photos which have been sent to us from the Pt Augusta library team on their go live day!

Library Staff Cy, Lynette, Karen, Tamra & Mikaela with a great looking cake

Library Staff joined by the Director Lee & CEO Greg

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