Archive for the 'COOL Library' Category

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.

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.

Welcome J. R. Clarke

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on December 6th, 2013

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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.

Arcanum Public Library Is Live

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on August 15th, 2013

Today, Arcanum Public Library went live in COOL-CAT, the shared catalog of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL). Arcanum is the ninth library in Ohio to migrate onto the system. J.R. Clarke Public Library and Marvin Memorial are the next two libraries scheduled to migrate later in 2013. 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 consortium president, Chauncey Montgomery, at montgoc1@oplin.org or 740-965-3901, or Marilyn Walden, Director of Arcanum Public Library, waldenm1@oplin.org or 937-692-8484.

What a COOL Spring!

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on May 14th, 2013

Although the weather is finally getting warmer, Ohio is getting a bit COOLer as two more libraries join the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL). COOL would like to welcome J.R. Clarke Public Library in Covington and Marvin Memorial Public Library in Shelby as its newest members to the consortium. Both libraries voted to join COOL at their May meetings. J.R. Clarke plans to migrate into COOL-CAT later this summer and Marvin Memorial is planning on migrating in the fall. They will be the 10th and 11th libraries in consortium.

COOL is a consortium managed and governed by a community of libraries, using the open source ILS, Evergreen. Technical support is provided by OHIONET in Columbus. For a current list of member libraries, visit http://info.cool-cat.org. For information about Evergreen, visit http://www.open-ils.org. Please contact Chauncey Montgomery at 740-965-3901 or montgoc1@oplin.org for more information.

Chair of COOL Elected to Evergreen Oversight Board

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on April 15th, 2013

During the recent Evergreen conference in Vancouver, four newly elected members to the Evergreen Oversight Board were announced.

The Board is the executive team of the Evergreen software project that makes guiding decisions and leads the project forward.

The goal of the Board is to :
i. promote, support, and advance the development of the Evergreen software;
ii. support and facilitate the growth of the international community of Evergreen users; and
iii. foster and protect the Evergreen assets.

Current Members (Bold are 2013 elected)
Shauna Borger Indiana State Library
Galen Charlton Equinox Software, Inc. Chair
Stephen Elfstrand MnPALS
Rogan Hamby York County Library (South Carolina) and SC LENDS
Ben Hyman British Columbia Libraries Cooperative Vice Chair
Kathy Lussier Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
Elizabeth McKinney Georgia Public Library Service
Chauncey Montgomery Sunbury Community Library (Ohio)
Andrea Bunz Neiman Kent County Public Library (Maryland)
Yamil Suarez Berklee College of Music
Stephen Wills Beyond Print

Two More Libraries Live in COOL

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on March 14th, 2013

COOL would like to officially welcome Blanchester Public Library and Wornstaff Memorial Public Library in Ashley to COOL-CAT. Today, March 14, the two libraries went live, bringing the total to eight libraries with approximately 390,000 items in the system.

It is hard to believe, but it was just a year ago that Community Library in Sunbury kicked COOL off. With the help and expertise of OHIONET and financial support from an LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio, COOL has been able to maintain its aggressive migration timeline.

We are excited to have these two libraries on board. Arcanum Public Library will be migrating into COOL-CAT this August.

Blanchester Public Library becomes COOL March 14

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on March 7th, 2013

The Blanchester Public Library will be closed to the public Thursday, March 14, as it is scheduled to go live on the Evergreen shared catalog as part of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL).

Library patrons are strongly encouraged to have their library cards with them to check out materials beginning March 11 as staff members will have limited access to account information during the week. Patrons also will not be able to access their account or the current online catalog until the new system is in place. No overdue fines will be incurred during this time.

The library is one of nine founding members of COOL, which was formed in 2012. The consortium consists of independent libraries striving to provide innovative services while being more efficient with diminishing public resources.

Joining the consortium will give library cardholders quick access to more than 400,000 items held by the consortium’s libraries. Items at other COOL libraries will be easily requestable in the catalog and should be available for pickup at Blanchester Public Library within a week.

Moving to the Evergreen platform also puts the library in the forefront of the open source movement and gives it much more of a voice in the development of the product compared to the current product from a commercial vendor.

Evergreen was developed by several public libraries in Georgia in 2006 and is now used by more than 1,000 libraries, including most of the public libraries in Indiana, several in South Carolina, and by one of the largest public libraries in the United States, the King County Library System in Washington. The COOL catalog is hosted and administered by OHIONET in conjunction with the member libraries.

The other current COOL members are Cardington-Lincoln Public Library, Community Library in Sunbury, Germantown Public Library, Mt. Gilead Public Library, Selover Public Library, Worch Memorial Public Library, Wornstaff Memorial Library, and Arcanum Public Library.

The library will re-open at 10 a.m., Friday, March. 15. For more information, contact the Blanchester Public Library at (937) 783-3585.

Worch goes live with COOL!

Posted by admin on January 8th, 2013

Today, the Worch Memorial Public Library went live with Evergreen on the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) shared catalog.

Worch Memorial is sixth of the nine founding members to migrate onto the system, with an estimated final library migration into the consortium scheduled for August 2013. Please visit the information site for more details about the Consortium, or take a look at the new catalog for Worch directly:  http://worch.cool-cat.org.

COOL is running on the open source ILS Evergreen. Originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, Evergreen has since grown and is now used by over 1,000 libraries across 31 states, 4 countries, and 8 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.

If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please feel free to contact consortium president Chauncey Montgomery, Director of the Community Library in Sunbury (montgoc1@oplin.org or 740-965-3901), or Meme Marlow, Director of the Worch Memorial Public Library, (marlowme@oplin.org or 937-526-3416).

Five Are Live

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on August 13th, 2012

On August 9th, Mt. Gilead Public Library and Cardington-Lincoln Public Library went live in COOL-CAT. Mt. Gilead and Cardington-Lincoln are the fourth and fifth libraries to migrate into the system. They join Community Library (Sunbury), Germantown Public Library, and Selover Public Library that migrated to COOL-CAT earlier this year.

COOL-CAT is the shared Evergreen catalog of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries. It is hosted and administered by OHIONET in conjunction with the member libraries and funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please visit http://info.cool-cat.org, or take a look at the catalog directly at http://www.cool-cat.org. Also, feel free to contact consortium president Chauncey Montgomery, Director of the Community Library (montgoc1@oplin.org or 740-965-3901) or Tony Bandy, Technology Specialist at OHIONET (tonyb@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 19).