Two Midwest librarians were recently recognized by the Evergreen library system community as Contributors of the Month -- Remington Steed of the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Michigan and Chauncey Montgomery of the Sunbury Community Library in Ohio.
Remington Steed, who serves as an Electronic Resources Specialist at Calvin College in Grand Rapids is an active member of the Evergreen community across several areas — he has contributed both code and documentation, and is one of the members of the Documentation Interest Group (DIG) granted git access to the official documentation repository. He has participated in the Evergreen community for almost a decade.
Remington has focused quite a bit on the documentation workflow. "[I am] trying to make it easier for anyone to find a docs need, contribute their writing (or screenshots or typo fixes), and see the end product," he says.
Remington's interest in documentation stems from his experience working as a library programmer in an academic environment. "While I enjoy the technical challenges of software development, I'm also intrigued by the user's expectations and perceptions of the software. So I often talk with our users and try to understand their needs. Sometimes this results in us improving the software, but other times the simplest solution is better documentation." In addition to his significant work to improve documentation & docs workflow, Remington has also contributed code patches to Evergreen as well as OpenSRF.
"I am grateful for the many Evergreeners who have welcomed and encouraged me along the way," Remington tells us. And to our newer community members, he says, "Don't be afraid! Evergreeners are great people, always glad to assist newcomers."
Chauncey Montgomery serves as the Director and Fiscal Officer of the Sunbury Community Library in Ohio, which is part of COOL (Consortium of Ohio Libraries).
Chauncey was instrumental in forming COOL and encouraging Ohio libraries to adopt Evergreen. "It started as a financial decision, but as I got more into [Evergreen] the other benefits of open source became apparent," Chauncey says. "Working in a public library, [open source] aligns so much with our views and philosophies. I feel like we have a responsibility to support open source initiatives."
Chauncey has spoken to many libraries in Ohio about the benefits of open source and Evergreen. As a library director, he sees the patron services side as well as the library budget side which gives him an advantage when encouraging libraries to explore Evergreen. He also encourages people to share what they're learning with other libraries, both within Ohio as well as the larger Evergreen community.
Chauncey served on the Evergreen Oversight Board from 2013-2016 and is also a past chair of the COOL Oversight Board. He is currently vice chair of the COOL Board and slated to once again serve as chair next year. As chair, he would like to see COOL become more involved with Evergreen development. "Whether we are leading initiatives or supporting initiatives that we want to see happen, there is an opportunity there."
"I'm not a coder, but I'm a tinkerer — open source invites you to tinker," he says. "Open source lends itself to [a different] type of thinking — it does this, but can it also do this? Or can we change that? That, to me, is one of the most exciting things about open source. You can ask ‘What ELSE can it do?'"
Evergreen continues to be the leading ILS for consortia and delivers local flexibility and granularity of policies that no other software can match. Evergreen 3.3 continues to deliver the most interoperability for libraries via its truly open APIs.
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