In the past two months we have solicited ideas for the 2014 LSTA
Technology grants via Technology and ILS Committee cluster reps. The
ideas were discussed at the committee and then evaluated by the SCLS ILS
and Technology staffs. Below are the grant projects that we submitted.
Tags. 9 of the 43 SCLS libraries in the shared ILS (LINKcat) are using RFID
technologies. LINKcat libraries benefit from an open resource sharing
policy. When items from non-RFID
libraries are received at RFID libraries to fill patron requests, it is
beneficial to tag the item for the ease of patron self-checkout. Patrons will
benefit from a standard self checkout process at the RFID libraries. Non-RFID
libraries would benefit by having their items tagged should they someday
implement RFID as well.
LINKcat with 3rd party databases.
LINKcat is the shared ILS using LibLime Koha for 43 of the SCLS member
libraries. Since Koha is an open source
ILS, SCLS has developed the searching interface to be a modern and highly
functioning retrieval tool for materials held in libraries. We also load bibliographic records for
electronic resources such as Wisconsin’s Digital Library (OverDrive). However, these records are not integrated and
patrons cannot see current status, etc.
Some third party databases such as OverDrive and Ebscohost have
developed APIs that allow the ILS to integrate more completely. The goal of this project is to pursue
development for LibLime Koha so that patrons will be able to search electronic
resources databases such Wisconsin’s Digital Library and Ebscohost (via
BadgerLink) and to see real-time statuses where appropriate. All patrons using LINKcat will benefit from
this project. By incorporating
electronic resources searching into LINKcat, the opportunities for finding
appropriate resources expands greatly.
This is particularly true for patrons in rural areas who may not be as
close to their library as in more urban communities.
bandwidth in libraries. The majority of the libraries using the SCLS managed
network do not have enough bandwidth to meet the ever increasing demands of
their patrons. Access to wireless is
becoming even more critical as more patrons bring their own wireless devices
into the library. SCLS has been working
for several years to find ways to increase bandwidth. We have created a plan to increase bandwidth
based on critical need to moderate need.
We are moving forward, but with increased bandwidth come increased
hardware costs as a large number of the network routers will need to be
upgraded in order to accommodate increased bandwidth. Increasing bandwidth will meet the needs of
all types of patrons using both wired computers and their own wireless devices
in the library, including those seeking jobs, students doing homework, those
doing research on the internet, foreign workers attempting to stay connected
with their relatives and friends back home, those downloading electronic
resources and those who are using the internet for recreational use.
the SCLS Shared ILS. SCLS has 10 libraries that have not joined the shared ILS.
Many of these are very small, rural libraries. For them it is often difficult
to come up with the costs necessary to join the system, such as the ILS vendor
software setup fee. Larger libraries
tend to have higher startup costs as they often pay migration fees in addition
to a setup fee. SCLS would like to
assist libraries with startup fees and migration costs by allocating a portion
of the LSTA grant to them. Libraries that have not joined the shared ILS will
benefit from this service as they will be able to access the resources of all
LINKcat member libraries.