Observations and Ideas

Stuff that doesn’t fit elsewhere.


Why do you do it that way? (or, design rationale) 1

Yesterday I was explaining to some librarians how Evergreen relates Items (the actual physical barcoded material that circulates) to Volumes (where the Call Number lives) to Bib Records (which contains the MARC), and one person was curious and asked, “why do you do it that way?” The short answer is […]


Congrats to not one, but two other Open Source ILSs 1

First I’d like to welcome NewGenLib to the virtual family of FOSS ILSs. In truth, we’ve known about them for a while and have been looking at their serials interfaces during our ACQ/SER design, but now that eIFL is covering them, well… 😉 It’s great to see another entrant, and […]