[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] 226 subscribers

Deanna Frazee dfrazee at ci.killeen.tx.us
Thu Mar 22 20:54:19 EDT 2007

I am a public library director who moved up from the system administration ranks and decided to keep the system administration as part of my duties.  A few months ago, I became very interested in the possibilities that open source ILSs offer libraries to have databases customized to our needs instead of setting our needs aside because the software does not do what we want.  And then our vendor dropped a little bombshell last week about stopping development of our current software.  Do I really want to sign with another big vendor, just to have the same thing happen with them in 5-10 years?  Not really.
The articles I have read about Evergreen are very intriguing.  I am here to lurk about and hear what others have to say, ask questions and make a decision about whether or not this could be right for us.


From: open-ils-general-bounces at list.georgialibraries.org on behalf of LaJeunesse, Brad
Sent: Thu 3/22/2007 7:44 PM
To: open-ils-general at list.georgialibraries.org
Subject: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] 226 subscribers

Hi folks,

You know, there are 226 subscribers to this list. That's really amazing.
So, anyone care to break the ice and introduce themselves? It's awfully
quiet in here. I'm sure someone has something more interesting to say
than I do. :)

Well, ok, fine, twist my arm... I'll go first and introduce myself. I'm
Brad LaJeunesse, one of the instigators behind the Evergreen project
here at the Georgia Public Library Service. I'm not a software
developer, but rather a systems administrator type, and I am primarily
responsible for the servers that support the PINES consortium's
installation of Evergreen. I'm also a degree-toting professional librarian.

In addition to my sys-admin duties, I also act as a project manager for
the Evergreen software development project, yet I will readily admit
that kind of work is not exactly my forte. There's just some sort of
similarity between being a 'project manager' and a 'cruise coordinator'
that I just can't get my head around. (Trust me, you never want to be on
a cruise that I've coordinated.) Thankfully I have a great team to work

So, with my introduction out of the way, why are we all here? Well, ok,
you're all here because you've heard of Evergreen, are interested in
Evergreen, something like that... or you're just in the wrong place. :)
I'm here because this was my crazy idea, so I'm stuck. But the rest of
you-- what do you want to talk about? What questions do you have? What
do you want to see on this mailing list?

If you wish to remain anonymous and send questions/comments directly to
me, I'd be happy to post them back to this list for you.

Look forward to hearing from ya'll. If no one speaks up, I'll be forced
to resort to more devious measures, such as singing karaoke.


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