In case you missed it, the King County Library System (KCLS), Issaquah, WA, recently went live with its customized version of the open-source Evergreen integrated library system (ILS). YouTube videos were soon posted documenting KCLS’s migration progress.
Up to now, most open-source ILS migrations have been at smaller libraries. This go-live for the large suburban Seattle system is the latest milestone in a project geared toward getting large and small public library systems across the country thinking about open-source ILS possibilities.
Last year, KCLS was awarded a $998,556 (match $1,014,400) grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to partner with other public library systems—including Peninsula Library System (San Mateo, CA), Orange County Library System (Orlando, FL), and Ann Arbor District Library (MI)—in order to develop “infrastructure components” to help ease the way for public libraries looking into migrating to an open-source ILS.
One of the first parts of the new KCLS system brought online was the central distribution automated materials sorter, followed quickly by the capacity to check items in and out, including self-checkout, KCLS information technology services director Jed Moffitt told LJ.
“The migration is going better than I could have ever anticipated, and at the same time there’s a ton of work to do,” he said.
In the meantime, LJ will be following this project closely.