We are starting to hear some concerns about the migration and about communication regarding the migration, so I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about some of the ways we’re communicating with you and how you can communicate with us.
First, we do want to hear your concerns! We may not be able to fix everything right away, but we will save all suggestions and concerns for potential future development. While the development to be included in go-live is already decided, we are committed to doing more development in 2011 and beyond.
To make the product as functional as possible before go-live, we need your help! As you try out Koha, we would like you to submit your questions and comments via the SCLS Koha Comments and Questions form. Using this form helps us to organize questions and allows us to respond to them as quickly as possible. We are using these questions as the foundation for our LINK2Koha Migration FAQ. We will be adding a lot to this FAQ in the next few weeks. We’ll send out reminders about the FAQ via the blog and email, and you can always check it often to see what’s new!
I am always available to talk about any concerns regarding the migration. If you want to chat about something and you don’t want to use the form, please call me (608-242-4713), email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see my SCLS Contacts page and pick your preferred method of communication. For example, when I am at my desk, I’m also available for a chat on Meebo.
I’ve heard that canceling the ILS Committee meetings has caused some frustration, since these meetings were a forum for clusters to ask questions or express concerns. In lieu of the ILS meetings, if you would like me to attend your county librarian’s meeting or cluster meeting for a question and answer session, just let me know!
As we approach our Koha Go Live date, I would like to take the opportunity to assure everyone that we are all in this together. The SCLS ILS Team and the ILS libraries are working together toward the same goal—going live on Koha on January 17th and 18th with a well-trained library staff and our critical functionality in place. We realize that things may not go as smoothly as we would like and there are going to be bumps in the road. But the ILS Team will do its best to address as many issues as possible.
Vicki Teal Lovely