Today is the day when most libraries will be going live on Bibliovation. Pay attention to email and the SCLS Technology Status wiki to stay on top of any known problems, issues with services and service rollouts. We will be starting with checkout and uploading Offline Circulation and progress to bringing up additional functions throughout the day. In the morning you will receive an email with the information that you need for the day.
There are some problems that were not resolved prior to the migration. They are minor and not data corrupting, but library staff will want to be aware of them. The Known Problems database has been updated and this is a good place to check before reporting a problem that you encounter. We plan to resolve these problems post go live.
Preparing To Help Patrons
When LINKcat goes live for patrons, there will be some changes and some patrons may need assistance.
Each library has printed versions to distribute to patrons who prefer printed help
There is a "crosswalk" available for staff that covers the differences between Koha and Bibliovation
There are also brief tutorials available for staff that demonstrate different Discovery Layer features
We are rolling out services slowly, starting with circulation. If you get stuck, the Bibliovation Training Information page has Crosswalks that cover the differences between Koha and Bibliovation. This is a good place to check when you help with the "how do I do that" type situations.
You read that right - the LINKcat launcher script will be discontinued when we upgrade to Bibliovation starting at 9pm on December 6, 2019. After many, many years of service, the time has come to put the launcher script to rest.
Why are we discontinuing the launcher script?
Due to changes in technology and access to computers and mobile devices, the launcher script has outlived its original purpose. At the time the script was developed, the only computers available at the library for patrons were patron PCs on the SCLS network. SCLS staff developed the script to look at the computer's IP address, determine which library the patron was located in, and then place the patron into the correct library-branded LINKcat instance. As time went on, access to computers became more open, and patrons began bringing their own laptops and mobile devices to the library. These machines were not on the SCLS network, so the launcher script did not know that the patrons were physically in the library, and those patrons were not placed into the correct library-branded LINKcat instance. Instead, they were treated as "remote" patrons, meaning that they were placed into the "generic" LINKcat instance and they did not see the library's custom branding in LINKcat.
What does this mean for library staff?
The discontinuation of the LINKcat launcher script means that library staff will not be required to use the launcher script URL when adding links to LINKcat on library web sites. For many years, library staff have been required to use the "URL Scrubber" to make all LINKcat links launcher script URL-friendly. The URL Scrubber will be retired at the same time as the LINKcat launcher script, because there won't be a need to "scrub" the links.
Instead of using the "URL Scrubber" to generate LINKcat links, library staff will be able to copy and paste links from LINKcat. Library staff will have the option to use www.linkcat.info (which will continue to be the "generic" non-branded version of LINKcat) OR library staff can use their library's custom URL, which will be agy.linkcat.info, where "agy" is your library's three-letter code (for example, the URL for SUN will be sun.linkcat.info).
Will LINKcat still show my library's name and logo?
Yes! Library staff will be able to use their library's custom URL of agy.linkcat.info, which will display the library's name and logo. The library's custom URL will also display the library’s items first in the list of items for each title. Please note that currently these are the only two things that are different when using the library's custom URL. The patron's home library, default pickup location, or ability to place holds will not be affected in any way by using the library's custom URL.
Will the existing LINKcat links using the launcher script still work?
Yes! SCLS staff have developed a process that will automatically redirect launcher script links into LINKcat. This redirect will work for the vast majority of existing launcher script links (testing showed that less than one percent of launcher script links failed with the redirect).
What does this mean for patrons?
Most patrons will not notice a change. Patrons who have existing links saved that happened to be using the launcher script will still be able to use those links. Patrons will still be able to use www.linkcat.info to access LINKcat. Library staff are free to tell patrons about the custom library's URL if they choose, and patrons could use that custom URL either in the library or at home. Patron PCs in the library will continue to take patrons into the library's custom-branded LINKcat instance.
Koha will be going down at 9 pm on Friday, December 6. Please be sure that you know how to use Offline Circulation (if your library plans on using it during the downtime). See the Offline Circulation Section of the Migration Tips #3 blog post if you haven't already done so.
Preparing for the Downtime
The migration to Bibliovation will consist of 3 phases: "downtime", "go live" and "post go live". The downtime phase begins at 9:01 pm on Friday, December 6.
Check the Bibliovation Migration Events Page to see what services will be down and when they will return. Some databases and other services will be available throughout the downtime.