North Star Library Consortium growing

July 21, 2008

The North Star Library Consortium (NSLC) — a web based library management system for the schools and special libraries of the Northern Lights and Central MN regions — is growing!

In June the entire NSLC database was reconfigured to give local districts more control over their Destiny implementation in their district. The 86 current sites are now grouped into 50 Destiny configurations by District.  Training on this new configuration will take place Aug 14-15.

This week we are upgrading the Destiny software from version 8.0 to version 8.5.  This is an exciting change and will provide some interesting new functionality. I’m excited to check out the Quest searching that is new. I believe this new upgrade will include more tools for collaboration and community building — Web 2.0 tools we’ve begun using with our 23 Things on a Stick project!

Finally, and perhaps the most exciting of all, we will be adding 20 new sites (from 8 school districts) this month and next. These new sites will be from both the NLLN and the Central Minnesota (CMLE) regions. Using an E2T2 grant we are able to extend the opportunity to participate in the North Star Library Consortium. It is pretty exciting and we’re looking forward to an 18 month growth spurt for the Consortium.

More information can be found on the Consortium webpage, the NSLC wiki, and on the Destiny catalog for the sites.


view from my desk

July 20, 2008

view from my desk

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

This is taken from inside the NLLN Office so you can see that we have “ring side” seat for the Highway 10 construction going on at one of the busiest intersections in town. In addition to this work, the train depot on the other side of the street is also being renovated and, of course, we have 30-40 trains a day rumbling past. Thank goodness for triple pane plate glass. That helps keep the noise down even if it doesn’t stop the building from shaking.

Construction is almost done — we’ll be glad when the highway is open fully, but it has been an interesting summer!

Water pipe break in NLLN Office

July 20, 2008

Water pipe break in NLLN Office

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

What a summer — not only do we have a lot of construction going on outside as Highway 10 is redesigned and the railroad depot is renovated and the trains move through all day long, but we also had a water pipe break in the ceiling. Fortunately the ceiling tiles and Deb Keena’s quick response prevented us from having much damage. It did give us a chance, however, to sort through some stacks of paper and to get our carpet cleaned!