EIC 2017

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on May 3rd, 2016

The Greater Cincinnati area, namely, Covington, KY, has been selected as the location for the 2017 Evergreen International Conference. The proposal was developed by Joe Knueven, director of the Germantown Public Library, and is a multi-state collaborative effort including the Consortium of Ohio Libraries, Asbury Theological Seminary (KY), Asbury University (KY), Kenton County Public Library (KY), and Evergreen Indiana. Knueven has also been named chair of the conference committee and will oversee the planning and implementation of the event. For more information about the Evergreen ILS, visit http://evergreen-ils.org.

Floating the in the Most Peculiar Way

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on April 15th, 2016

A couple months ago, COOL started floating collections between independently governed and funded libraries. The goal is to reduce wait times for patrons at member libraries.

Here’s how it works:

  • COOL libraries purchase multiple copies of items with high hold/copy ratios.
  • Items are processed without any local branding.
  • Items circulate throughout the consortium, without any geographic restrictions, on a “first in, first out” basis.
  • Once hold lists are fulfilled, the item resides where it was last returned and remains there until a hold from another library is generated.

Looking at circulation numbers, it appears it is working as intended. Items with more than five holds per copy have reduced 12% since the project started. We only expect it to continue to improve as time goes on.

Joe Knueven, director of Germantown Public Library and Chauncey Montgomery, director of Community Library (Sunbury) will be doing a in-depth presentation of the project at the 2016 EIC conference in Raleigh, NC.

Authority Anyone?

Posted by admin on August 20th, 2015

One of the biggest factors in having a successful catalog for your library or consortium is having good records!

With this in mind, COOL has very recently partnered with Backstage Library Works (BSLW) and has instituted ongoing authority control for the catalog/database.

Ongoing, we will be loading both updated bibliographic records as well as authority records in an ongoing quarterly process.  At the same time, we’re instituting manual authority control procedures for locally created and eBook records.

While it’s certainly never easy, the end result will be a better catalog for both our patrons and staff!  If you have any questions for your library, drop us a line–we’ll be glad to help!

Move to Sequoia

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on January 15th, 2015

Upgrade to 2.7

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on November 20th, 2014

COOL will be upgrading to Evergreen 2.7 this December. The 2.7 version includes a Web-based staff interface that allows staff to turn any device with Internet access and a Web browser into a staff client. We will be able to perform circulation almost anywhere we need to with little effort.

Living in Ohio

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on May 9th, 2014

What makes Ohio such a great state to live in?


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Hello Boston!

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on March 24th, 2014

COOL members just returned from the 2014 Evergreen International Conference in Boston. It was such a great event. We built relationships with Evergreen users from all over the world, we discussed upcoming software features, and we improved our knowledge of the software. COOL also co-presented a tutorial on reporting and participated in a welcome panel.


Events like this reiterate that Evergreen is more than just an ILS; it is a community of librarians, developers, etc., working together to build the best library experience ever. We’re all looking forward to the 2015 EIC.

For more information about Evergreen or COOL, please contact Lisa Murray at murrayli@oplin.org or Chauncey Montgomery at montgoc1@oplin.org.

Welcome Marvin

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on February 25th, 2014

COOL would like to welcome Marvin Memorial Public Library in Shelby to COOL-CAT. On February 20, Marvin Memorial went live, bringing the total membership to eleven libraries with approximately 580,000 items in the system. To see a full list of members and a map of locations, go to http://info.cool-cat.org/?page_id=13.

COOL is running on Evergreen, the open source ILS, and is supported by OHIONET out of Columbus, Ohio. If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please feel free to contact Lisa Murray, consortiam chair at 419-864-8181 or murrayli@oplin.org.

COOL in Boston

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on February 24th, 2014


COOL will be representing Ohio libraries in two presentations at the 2014 Evergreen International Conference in Boston this March. One session is a tutorial on reports in Evergreen and the second is a panel discussion on migrating to Evergreen. To see a full list of programs, go to http://evergreen-ils.org/conference/eg14/schedule/.

Welcome J. R. Clarke

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on December 6th, 2013


Yesterday, J.R. Clarke Public Library in Covington went live in COOL-CAT, the shared catalog of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries. J. R. Clarke is the tenth library to migrate into the shared ILS since the consortium began in early 2012. COOL is running on Evergreen, the open source ILS, and is supported by OHIONET out of Columbus, Ohio.

To view J.R. Clarke’s catalog, visit http://jrclarke.cool-cat.org. Marvin Memorial Public Library in Shelby will be migrating in early 2014. For more information about COOL, contact Chauncey Montgomery at 740-965-3901 or montgoc1@oplin.org.