Celebrating a New Development Partnership
MassLNC is ringing in the New Year with a new development partnership that will provide more flexibility on how Evergreen sites can use format icons in the catalog.
The Multi-valued Record Attributes and Controlled Record Attributes (MVF/CRA) development project will allow sites to use different icons to easily distinguish between books and e-books, for example, or between VHS, Blu-ray, and DVD. This project was a top-ranking catalog idea that came out of MassLNC's first development ideas process - http://masslnc.cwmars.org/node/2676.
This project is a great example of how development can happen when Evergreen sites both large and small pull together to pool their resources. Several community partners joined MassLNC to fund this project:
- BC Libraries Cooperative
- Howe Library, Hanover, NH
- Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson, NH
- A group of libraries from the Evergreen Indiana project: Butler Public Library, Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, Centerville-Center Township Public Library, Flora Public Library, Hagerstown - Jefferson Township Library, Newton County Public Library, Noble County Public Library, Perry County Public Library, Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, Princeton Public Library, Union County Public Library, and Westfield Washington Public Library.
Equinox Software, Inc. will perform the work.
The MVF/CRA project is not just about icons. The infrastruture improvements that come with the MVF/CRA project can lay the foundation for future improvements to MARC batch import and RDA support.
This project also lays the foundation for improved meta-record holds in Evergreen. In addition to contributing to the MVF/CRA project, BC Libraries will also be funding the return of meta-record holds to the Template Toolkit catalog. This development will give users the ability to choose acceptable formats and editions when placing a hold.
The full specs for both projects are available at http://blog.esilibrary.com/2013/12/23/happy-holiday-development/.