The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) is pleased to announce a new program to grow membership in its development collaborative to more libraries and consortia in the Evergreen community.
The MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative is an opportunity for libraries and consortia running Evergreen to maximize their resources by pooling funds to sponsor exciting new features and important bug fixes for the open-source system.
For the past six years, the three Massachusetts consortia running Evergreen have discovered that pooling their development funds has resulted in more and larger development projects than they would have been able to fund on their own. Their cooperative development efforts have led to projects like support for text notifications; a message center where patrons can easily access important notifications from the catalog; and an upcoming project to incorporate a popularity metric in the search results ranking algorithm.
The MassLNC full partners are excited at the prospect of inviting other Evergreen community members to participate in a collaborative development program that has been so effective for them.
"By working together for the past six years, and pooling ideas, expertise and resources, the three consortia of MassLNC have definitely improved the quality and flexibility of the software we have funded, which has benefited us and we hope the Evergreen community," said Ron Gagnon, Executive Director of the North of Boston Library Exchange, one of founding members of MassLNC. "We look forward to expanding that effort."
The initiative is seeking new members to begin participation July 1, 2016.
The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative is a collaborative project among three Massachusetts library consortia - C/W MARS, MVLC and NOBLE - to implement and jointly develop Evergreen. This project started with the support of a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is currently supported by participating libraries.
MassLNC's goals are to provide a mutual support mechanism among full members, facilitate the pooling of resources for continued development of Evergreen, develop local talent to support and improve our automated systems, and provide support and assistance for new Massachusetts consortia moving to Evergreen.