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1 The Northern Ontario Joint Automation Server Initiative

2 Northern Ontario Northern Ontario 131 libraries, 30 FN libraries, >14 Francophone libraries131 libraries, 30 FN libraries, >14 Francophone libraries One person libraries, librarians learn on jobOne person libraries, librarians learn on job Difficult for communities to get technical supportDifficult for communities to get technical support Toronto to Sandy Lake (next to Manitoba border) is 2883 km, Toronto to Miami is 2398 kmToronto to Sandy Lake (next to Manitoba border) is 2883 km, Toronto to Miami is 2398 km Libraries up to four hours from next community (in the northwest)Libraries up to four hours from next community (in the northwest)

3 Northern Ontario Northern Ontario Approximately 40 automated libraries out of 130Approximately 40 automated libraries out of 130 Approximately 30 libraries contribute records to the provincial ILLOApproximately 30 libraries contribute records to the provincial ILLO No courier service – due to geographic distanceNo courier service – due to geographic distance Restricted budgetsRestricted budgets

4 Library Environment Library Environment Technological changes that allow for shared access to hardware/softwareTechnological changes that allow for shared access to hardware/software Connectivity changesConnectivity changes Other initiativesOther initiatives Info OhioInfo Ohio LOUIS: Louisiana Library NetworkLOUIS: Louisiana Library Network OLC: Ontario Library ConsortiumOLC: Ontario Library Consortium

5 The OLC model The OLC model 20 county, regional and municipal libraries totalling almost 200 branches share a SirsiDynix Unicorn license20 county, regional and municipal libraries totalling almost 200 branches share a SirsiDynix Unicorn license Instead of purchasing servers, OLC contracts 24x7 hosting services with Lanscapes Network Management, which purchased and maintains hardware used by OLC for its ILSInstead of purchasing servers, OLC contracts 24x7 hosting services with Lanscapes Network Management, which purchased and maintains hardware used by OLC for its ILS OLC provides HelpDesk and consulting for membersOLC provides HelpDesk and consulting for members

6 With group savings, additional modules were purchased: Hyperion digital management, Central Search federated searching, EPS/Rooms, Directors StationWith group savings, additional modules were purchased: Hyperion digital management, Central Search federated searching, EPS/Rooms, Directors Station Members support each other to move forward and keep current with technologyMembers support each other to move forward and keep current with technology Result is that small, rural libraries have access to Cadillac system at a fraction of the priceResult is that small, rural libraries have access to Cadillac system at a fraction of the price Costs are shared on a fair and equitable basisCosts are shared on a fair and equitable basis Individually we are great but collectively, we are brilliant!Individually we are great but collectively, we are brilliant!

7 OLS-N Critical Events Informal discussion of concept since 2003Informal discussion of concept since 2003 In 2004, we heard various concerns from clientsIn 2004, we heard various concerns from clients –One group wanted it in place already –Another had concerns about process and implementation AMS StudyAMS Study –Survey Report –Focus Group Report –Final Report Budget ReductionsBudget Reductions –Preserved small contingency –Many discussions with Ministry regarding this project and ILLO

8 News In late March 2006, the Ministry of Culture provided us with a one time grant of $1 million to implement the joint server projectIn late March 2006, the Ministry of Culture provided us with a one time grant of $1 million to implement the joint server project Selection of a Project Manager for the Joint Server ProjectSelection of a Project Manager for the Joint Server Project

9 Scenarios Considered Scenarios Considered One server for Northern OntarioOne server for Northern Ontario Partner with OLCPartner with OLC 5 Cluster Model5 Cluster Model 2 Servers each housed by a hub library – one for the Northwest and one for the Northeast2 Servers each housed by a hub library – one for the Northwest and one for the Northeast One server for Northern Ontario housed at an ASPOne server for Northern Ontario housed at an ASP

10 Why Technical capabilities made multiple servers unnecessary. ILS software redesigned for consortia with multiple policies, profiles and gatewaysTechnical capabilities made multiple servers unnecessary. ILS software redesigned for consortia with multiple policies, profiles and gateways Lower costs with one systemLower costs with one system StaffingStaffing Wider range of services available with a central siteWider range of services available with a central site

11 How does the Joint Server Initiative benefit my library board? Make all northern public library collections available through the Web. Provide a more enhanced automation system than one that could be purchased individually by public libraries.Make all northern public library collections available through the Web. Provide a more enhanced automation system than one that could be purchased individually by public libraries. Through a consortium provide discounted pricing for automated systems, support, replacement and maintenance of servers.Through a consortium provide discounted pricing for automated systems, support, replacement and maintenance of servers.

12 How does the Joint Server Initiative benefit my library board? How does the Joint Server Initiative benefit my library board? Enable First Nation Libraries in the north to share limited First Nation resources.Enable First Nation Libraries in the north to share limited First Nation resources. Enable Francophone Libraries to share limited French-language resources.Enable Francophone Libraries to share limited French-language resources.

13 Benefits Ensure that professional cataloguing standards are used by participating public libraries.Ensure that professional cataloguing standards are used by participating public libraries. Enable small libraries to automate and to participate in the library network through a joint consortium approach.Enable small libraries to automate and to participate in the library network through a joint consortium approach.

14 Benefits Provide centralized IT support for libraries with limited financial and technical resources.Provide centralized IT support for libraries with limited financial and technical resources. Work to provide an appropriate bandwidth application for Northern Ontario communities and a starting point for further innovative collaboration (e.g., digitization of collections, videoconferencing).Work to provide an appropriate bandwidth application for Northern Ontario communities and a starting point for further innovative collaboration (e.g., digitization of collections, videoconferencing).

15 Benefits Create positive optics and perceptions re: effective and successful IT planning and implementation. Could lead to improved connectivity for Northern Libraries.Create positive optics and perceptions re: effective and successful IT planning and implementation. Could lead to improved connectivity for Northern Libraries. Increase networking and resource sharing among northern librariesIncrease networking and resource sharing among northern libraries Position northern libraries to fully participate in the provincial inter-library loan system.Position northern libraries to fully participate in the provincial inter-library loan system.

16 The Model – the people The Model – the people Joint Server Steering Committee OLS-N Elected Reps from Cluster Mgmt Grp Cluster Library Cluster Library Cluster Library Cluster Library Cluster Library Cluster Library Cluster Library Cluster Library Application Service Provider Helpdesk

17 The Model – Technical Four Servers Horizon 8 ASP Library

18 The advantages of the model Builds on existing information technology strengths and developmentsBuilds on existing information technology strengths and developments Recognizes that leadership and decision-making need to be shared at all levels; Authority is delegated through a committee structureRecognizes that leadership and decision-making need to be shared at all levels; Authority is delegated through a committee structure Provides for an organizational structure based on interdependence, cooperation and collaborationProvides for an organizational structure based on interdependence, cooperation and collaboration

19 The advantages of the model Supports local participation, responsibility, accountability and commitmentSupports local participation, responsibility, accountability and commitment Increases the ability to adapt JASI to a variety of local circumstances and to changing environmentsIncreases the ability to adapt JASI to a variety of local circumstances and to changing environments Increases the opportunities for library growth, learning and development through active participation rather than passive reception.Increases the opportunities for library growth, learning and development through active participation rather than passive reception.

20 What principles will govern the Joint Server Initiative? What principles will govern the Joint Server Initiative? Principle #1Principle #1 –Overall coordination and control will be maintained through commitment to a clearly articulated and shared vision, an attitude of cooperation and collaboration, and mutually agreed upon outcomes.

21 Principle #2Principle #2 –JASI will actively contribute to building library and information capacity in Northern Ontario. Principle #3Principle #3 –Open and constant two-way communication is recognized as critical to the project

22 Principle #4Principle #4 –All participating libraries are partners in the project and will treat one another with mutual support, and encouragement Principle #5Principle #5 –Decision making will be distributed and will be based on clearly defined and accepted roles as outlined in the Terms of Reference for the Joint Steering Committee and the Cluster Committee.

23 Principle #6Principle #6 –All participants will adopt an action orientation; everyone will help to make it happen. Principle #7Principle #7 –Decision-making will be based on consensus. When formal votes are taken, representation will be equal and each representative will have one vote.

24 Principle #8Principle #8 –Decisions will be made at the appropriate level; Decision-making is delegated to the appropriate level through contractual arrangements and the terms of reference that define the responsibilities of committees. Principle #9Principle #9 –JASI will employ a phased-in approach that brings individual libraries and groups of libraries into the project as they are ready

25 Role of the library Become automation-ready or prepare to change systemsBecome automation-ready or prepare to change systems Issues:Issues: BarcodesBarcodes Library layoutLibrary layout BandwidthBandwidth Electrical accessElectrical access EquipmentEquipment

26 Membership Membership open to any public library in Northern Ontario that wishes to participate.Membership open to any public library in Northern Ontario that wishes to participate. Members sign Letters of Agreement with OLS- North; agree to terms of referenceMembers sign Letters of Agreement with OLS- North; agree to terms of reference

27 As participants in what is envisioned as a collaborative and cooperative project, the client libraries would have a responsibility to participate, to provide leadership, and to become actively engaged in the governance and ongoing management of the project. They would also have responsibility to assist with setting guidelines and deliverables for the project, and assist in the funding initiatives.As participants in what is envisioned as a collaborative and cooperative project, the client libraries would have a responsibility to participate, to provide leadership, and to become actively engaged in the governance and ongoing management of the project. They would also have responsibility to assist with setting guidelines and deliverables for the project, and assist in the funding initiatives. Participation criteria includes full participation in the Provincial Interlibrary loan systemParticipation criteria includes full participation in the Provincial Interlibrary loan system

28 Role of participating libraries… Provide representatives, through the Cluster Management Committee, to serve on the JASI Steering CommitteeProvide representatives, through the Cluster Management Committee, to serve on the JASI Steering Committee To serve on the Cluster Management CommitteesTo serve on the Cluster Management Committees To actively support the funding campaign coordinated by OLS-NTo actively support the funding campaign coordinated by OLS-N

29 Provides a project manager at OLS-NorthProvides a project manager at OLS-North OLS-North assumes overall responsibility for JASI in partnership with the JASI Steering Committee.OLS-North assumes overall responsibility for JASI in partnership with the JASI Steering Committee. OLS-North is also providing the majority of funding for the initial implementation of the project. OLS-North is also providing the majority of funding for the initial implementation of the project. Role of OLS-North

30 Provides overall coordination and administration for the JSI including coordinating the development of a shared vision (mission, vision and values), identity, and shared understanding.Provides overall coordination and administration for the JSI including coordinating the development of a shared vision (mission, vision and values), identity, and shared understanding. Develops a standard Letter of Agreement between participating libraries and OLS-North.Develops a standard Letter of Agreement between participating libraries and OLS-North. Coordinates project communications and marketing : communication strategies, marketing and newslettersCoordinates project communications and marketing : communication strategies, marketing and newsletters

31 Coordinates centralized purchasingCoordinates centralized purchasing Establishes cataloguing standards for JASI participantsEstablishes cataloguing standards for JASI participants Coordinates training by designing and delivering learning and trainingCoordinates training by designing and delivering learning and training

32 Identifies and facilitates synergy and interdependencies between clusters and libraries; creating awareness of these synergies and dependenciesIdentifies and facilitates synergy and interdependencies between clusters and libraries; creating awareness of these synergies and dependencies Facilitates collaboration and commitment on system-wide (northern) and long-term objectivesFacilitates collaboration and commitment on system-wide (northern) and long-term objectives Defines financial standards and overall project budgeting, including preparing budget estimates, managing project funds and tracking costsDefines financial standards and overall project budgeting, including preparing budget estimates, managing project funds and tracking costs

33 What is OLS-Norths role? Recognize and celebrate successRecognize and celebrate success Track project progressTrack project progress Take on a primary role in securing funding for the projectTake on a primary role in securing funding for the project

34 What is the role of libraries? Joint Steering CommitteeJoint Steering Committee Cluster Management CommitteeCluster Management Committee

35 Joint Server Steering Committee A representative Steering Committee for the JASI will be established to provide overall direction and leadership according to the terms of reference. Each member has one vote within the decision-making process.A representative Steering Committee for the JASI will be established to provide overall direction and leadership according to the terms of reference. Each member has one vote within the decision-making process. The CEO of OLS-North is a de facto member of the steering committee and the project manager/coordinator or designate will also serve on the steering committee.The CEO of OLS-North is a de facto member of the steering committee and the project manager/coordinator or designate will also serve on the steering committee.

36 Desire committee members with: In depth knowledge and understanding of the projectIn depth knowledge and understanding of the project Natural leadership abilitiesNatural leadership abilities Enthusiasm for and commitment to JASIEnthusiasm for and commitment to JASI High level of trust with other participants and the processHigh level of trust with other participants and the process Time to commit for the required level of involvementTime to commit for the required level of involvement Well developed ability to work effectively in group settingsWell developed ability to work effectively in group settings

37 Joint Server Steering Committee The JASI Steering Committee membership includes representatives from:The JASI Steering Committee membership includes representatives from: –Each Hub Library –OLS-North –Cluster Representative(s)

38 The Role of the Joint Server Steering Committee Establish project objectives, guidelines, including participation policies, and a policy framework that will define and guide the project,Establish project objectives, guidelines, including participation policies, and a policy framework that will define and guide the project, Make recommendations regarding JASIMake recommendations regarding JASI Maintain community engagementMaintain community engagement Assist with the development of a work plan and scheduleAssist with the development of a work plan and schedule

39 Joint Server Steering Committee Ensure that the accepted cataloguing standards are used by participating librariesEnsure that the accepted cataloguing standards are used by participating libraries Maintain two-way communications and relations with project participants in order to ensure shared ownership of the projectMaintain two-way communications and relations with project participants in order to ensure shared ownership of the project Provide a strong coordinating centreProvide a strong coordinating centre Monitor project status and progressMonitor project status and progress

40 Cluster Management Committees Representative Cluster Management Committees will be established from participating librariesRepresentative Cluster Management Committees will be established from participating libraries Each committee will include:Each committee will include: –One member from each participating public library –One co-chair elected from the members –One co-chair from OLS-North (non-voting) –Each member will have one vote

41 Role of Cluster Committees To make recommendations on developing global patron profiles and circulation policies for Library ILS configuration which will be sent to the JASI steering committeeTo make recommendations on developing global patron profiles and circulation policies for Library ILS configuration which will be sent to the JASI steering committee To advise the JASI steering committee on any preferred changes or upgrades to the ILS for use by cluster membersTo advise the JASI steering committee on any preferred changes or upgrades to the ILS for use by cluster members To provide an opportunity to network with other participating librariesTo provide an opportunity to network with other participating libraries

42 To conduct long and short-term planningTo conduct long and short-term planning To provide regular progress and monitoring reports to the JASI steering committeeTo provide regular progress and monitoring reports to the JASI steering committee To nominate representatives to the JASI steering committeeTo nominate representatives to the JASI steering committee

43 To receive information from OLS-N on progress issues and challenges of other clustersTo receive information from OLS-N on progress issues and challenges of other clusters To make recommendations to the JASI steering committee for planning implementation, adaptation and changeTo make recommendations to the JASI steering committee for planning implementation, adaptation and change

44 Costs OLS-North providing funds for centralized hardware and software; transfer of bib recordsOLS-North providing funds for centralized hardware and software; transfer of bib records Libraries responsible for in-house equipment, barcodes, staffing, transfer of additional databases (optional);Libraries responsible for in-house equipment, barcodes, staffing, transfer of additional databases (optional); Libraries pay a membership fee to cover maintenance, training, help desk and sustainability fundLibraries pay a membership fee to cover maintenance, training, help desk and sustainability fund

45 Status JASI newsletterJASI newsletter First Contracts signed October – December 2006First Contracts signed October – December 2006 JASI Information package for CEOs and BoardsJASI Information package for CEOs and Boards Servers installedServers installed

46 Status Developing profilesDeveloping profiles Web training participationWeb training participation Interim steering committee is in placeInterim steering committee is in place Additional funding in place to assist libraries with costsAdditional funding in place to assist libraries with costs

47 Next Steps Loading of test and training databasesLoading of test and training databases Training and testing (February to May)Training and testing (February to May) First group of libraries live in JuneFirst group of libraries live in June Additional libraries brought live - Target is 86 libraries over next two yearsAdditional libraries brought live - Target is 86 libraries over next two years

48 Challenges and Learning Think about what you are told - and not toldThink about what you are told - and not told Contracts 101Contracts 101 Electricity 101Electricity 101 Expect the unexpectedExpect the unexpected –There will be unexpected costs –Members will have opposing views

49 Why Vendors like Consortia One point of contactOne point of contact Greater market shareGreater market share $$$$$$

50 Why Libraries Like Consortia Savings, Savings, SavingsSavings, Savings, Savings –Direct and indirect Centralized technical support, knowledge and trainingCentralized technical support, knowledge and training Learn from and support each otherLearn from and support each other A system which a small library could not otherwise afford to buyA system which a small library could not otherwise afford to buy Increased capacity for other projectsIncreased capacity for other projects

51 Libraries North : Together for the Distance


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