[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Evergreen Newsletter - Conference Edition

Amy Terlaga terlaga at biblio.org
Mon May 20 09:24:34 EDT 2013

Evergreen Newsletter
The Conference Edition


Beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada was the site of the 2013 International
Evergreen Conference last April.  There were 191 people at the conference
from Canada, US, Netherlands and Finland.  We had 183 viewers watching the
live stream from: US, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Finland and the

Here are some highlights of the conference:


The State of Evergreen - Evergreen Community Overview

Kathy Lussier from MassLNC outlined the many accomplishments over the past
year coming from the Evergreen community.  There is now a stable release
schedule, with elected release managers to guide the software through the
development process.  There was the first Hack-a-Way in Georgia, where
developers could get together and have big picture discussions about
development, as well as work on current projects.  There were 1,081 code and
document commits over the year by 41 contributors.  There were a number of
first time committers as well.  For documentation, the doc repository was
merged with the code repository.  There have also been efforts to move
documentation up to newer versions of the software.  Four Evergreen
community members participated in a Google Doc Sprint with the end product
being a comprehensive Evergreen reference book, "Evergreen in Action:  so
you've installed 2.3 - now what?"


In other conference news, it was reported that we have been accepted to the
Google Summer of Code for the third year in a row.  


Also, throughout the conference, the topic of QA for the Evergreen code was
addressed in some form or another.  MassLNC is bringing in some software
experts to do performance testing of the software.  Equinox is in the
process of raising funds for QA testing.  


Evergreen Oversight Board Meeting - Initiatives

The Board met at the conference and discussed its direction for the upcoming
year.  The Board communicated its two main themes to the membership the last
day of the conference - 1.  Showing people how to help in the community and
2. Improving Evergreen's quality.  


Evergreen Conference Programs - Some Highlights

There were two program tracks this year, a general track and a more
technical track.  The programs ranged in topic from helpful instruction for
beginners such as Lebbeous Fogle-Weekley's "Contributing Code to Evergreen
is Easier Than You Think" and Andrea Buntz Neiman's "Cataloging in
Evergreen," to the more technical --  Melissa Lefebvre's "How to Gitify Your
Changes:  The Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Way" and David Busby's "Searching
with Solr," a bolt-on for Evergreen.  Grace Dunbar and Mike Rylander
explained "How to Talk to Developers" for a lighter, but insightful look at
what works when requesting new development or reporting bugs to Evergreen
developers - be specific, be thoughtful, be courteous, be descriptive.  The
Lightning Talks were in full force with more good instruction like Yamil
Suarez's "Submitting a Bug to Launchpad" and exciting development updates
like Ben Shum's mobile webpac work.


Comments from Conference Goers

"This was my second Evergreen International Conference and I have to say it
is always worth the trip to see all the "cool kids". It is a great
opportunity to actually meet the people behind aliases and email addresses.
I have never left these conferences empty handed.

I don't think we need to go fishing to realize that the conference is a true
representation of what is at the core of our community. Working together to
make the future of Evergreen brighter for us and our patrons."


Olli-Antti Kivilahti

Open library 2014

Joensuu Regional Library


"My first experience with the Evergreen International Conference came in
2012 when the conference was hosted in Indianapolis.  Because it was so
close, and because I was so new to the larger Evergreen community, I didn't
appreciate the significance of either the conference or that larger
community.  This year, I was really able to digest the unique and valuable
nature of this conference.  It is fairly unprecedented to have developers
and end-users work so closely on a software product, but the international
Evergreen community is actively working to include the library and the
librarian in the "integrated library system."  I'm really proud to be
associated with Evergreen ILS and excited about its future as a fundamental
component to ultimately creating an exceptional library experience for our
Ruth Frasur
Director of the Historic(ally Awesome) Hagerstown - Jefferson Township



"What impressed me the most is the need for everyone to contribute to the
Evergreen system by contributing code, testing code, adding comments to
posts, and reporting areas in the software needing improvements or fixes.
It was great to hear of the many projects staff are working towards or have

Joan Kranich
C/W MARS Member Services


Final Comments from Tara Robertson, 2013 International Evergreen Conference

Thank you everyone who came to Vancouver, or turned in over the live stream,
IRC or Twitter. We were thrilled to welcome you to Vancouver and hope you
got what you wanted to get out of the conference. 


So many thank yous!


Thank you to all of our awesome sponsors:

Thanks you to folks who donated door prizes:

Thank you to all the presenters: http://eg2013.evergreen-ils.org/speakers/ 


Special thank you to Joshua Berkus (Accidental DBA:
and Josh Berkus (How to choose the right hardware:
http://eg2013.evergreen-ils.org/schedule/session-descriptions/#hardware) who
are from outside the Evergreen community and paid their own way to Vancouver
to present. 


Thank you to the program advisory committee: Anoop Atre, Shauna Borger,
Chris Sharp, Matt Carlson, and a special thanks to Dan Scott who went way,
way above and beyond. 


Thank you to Dan Scott and Galen Charlton for providing leadership during
the hackfest.

Thank you to Yamil Suarez for wrangling the Lightning Talks. 

Thank you to our amazing volunteers Kimberly Garmoe, Eka Grguric, Mary
Jinglewski, Jonathan Kift, Jonathan Schatz and David Waddell for the live
note taking (http://eg2013.evergreen-ils.org/live/) and helping streaming
the tech track. A special thank you to Samantha Mills for the fancy video
editing work editing work from the main track to incorporate the slides, an
intro and titles. 


All of the video has been uploaded to the Internet Archive (and tagged with
urce_movies) and linked back to the conference website.


Thank you to other people who stepped up in various ways to help during the
conference, especially the locals who led the no-host lunch groups. 

Thank you to Ben Hyman for giving us space and support to plan and organize.

A massively huge thank you to the rest of the organizing committee. It truly
was a team effort. 

*	Anita Cocchia,  <http://www.eln.bc.ca/> BCELN - venue, hotel, budget
*	Caroline Daniels,  <http://www.kwantlen.bc.ca/library.html> KPU -
venue, hotel, budget
*	Mark Ellis,  <http://www.yourlibrary.ca/> RPL - registrar, volunteer
*	Mark Jordan,  <http://www.lib.sfu.ca/> SFU - hackfest coordinator,
DIY video streaming
*	Paul Joseph,  <http://www.library.ubc.ca/> UBC - website, social
*	Shirley Lew,  <http://library.vcc.ca/> VCC - program, sponsorship,


Hope to see you in Boston next year!



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Amy Terlaga

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