June 21, 2018

Lakes Region Van Delivery - Today, Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Lakes Region (LR) van delivery route is being split up today as Jarod has to use the station wagon due to a vehicle breakdown/repairs to his van.  He will be delivering to the once a week stops on his route today as follows:

New Durham

I will add the following libraries to my LR route tomorrow if the repairs are completed on the van (otherwise, I will also be taking the station wagon!) :


Sorry for the inconvenience


June 18, 2018

North Country Van Delivery - Week of June 18, 2018

Due to scheduled time off/no substitute driver available there will be NO North Country Van Delivery on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  Heather will be making up her Wednesday stops today (Monday, June 18, 2018).

The affected libraries are:

North Haverhill
Lisbon Regional HS

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Next NHU-PAC RFP goes public

Today marked a major step toward the Next NHU-PAC with the official notice to vendors of the release of DNCR-RFP 2018-145 ("NH Statewide Interlibrary Loan Solution").  This request for proposals is now available to vendors interested in providing New Hampshire libraries with a new system to facilitate interlibrary loan and cataloging functions.  You're welcome to have a look at it, too--all 91 pages of the RFP can be downloaded from the New Hampshire Department of Administrative Services website.

A State evaluation team will review and assign scores to the proposals as outlined in section 5 of the RFP.  The preliminary scoring will determine which vendors are invited to provide demonstrations of their proposed solutions.  Feedback on these demos from members of the NHAIS community will be included in the state procurement process.   Final scores will be assigned to each proposal following the demonstrations.  Once the team selects a vendor, contract negotiations begin.  The contract will be reviewed by state agencies including the Department of Information Technology and the Attorney General's office before being presented to the Governor and Executive Council for a vote.  Once a contract is approved by G&C implementation of the new system can begin.

This week State Librarian Michael York will be contacting the chairs of the NH library co-ops asking them to identify delegates from their group to attend the vendor demos and provide feedback on them on behalf of the group.  A specific schedule of times and vendors will be available approximately August 8th. All demos will be scheduled during business hours in the two week period from August 13 to August 24, 2018.

Some key dates from the schedule of events in section 2 of the RFP:

  • July 18  final date for proposal submissions
  • August 13-24  vendor demos will be held at the NH State Library in Concord
  • October 17  approval of contract by Governor and Council
While some of us would prefer to spend our precious summer days floating in our rowboats rather than reading pages and pages of technical proposals (OK, I'm speaking for myself here), we want to move this along as quickly as possible so a fully functioning NHU-PAC is once again available.  For those who think tomorrow isn't soon enough to have a statewide ILL solution, please understand that the state has procedures that must be followed in order for us to use the capital appropriation of half a million dollars for this project.

June 12, 2018

NHU-PAC back online

Tuesday, June 12, 12:20 p.m.: The NHU-PAC is back online.

NHU-PAC still offline

Tuesday, June 12, 10:50 a.m.: The NHU-PAC remains offline at this time.  The problem is with the web interface, not the database.  Z39.50 connections are also affected by this problem.  SirsiDynix technicians are working on it.

NHU-PAC offline

Tuesday, June 12, 7:45 a.m.: The NHU-PAC is offline this morning.  We're working to restore service.

June 11, 2018

Van Delivery Service News - July 2018

The N.H. State Library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to observe Independence Day.  There will be NO VAN DELIVERY on that date.

For a complete list of all of the holidays the State Library is closed, please visit http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/van_delivery/instructions.html (the van delivery instructions) and scroll down to "NO Van Service".

If for any other reason (e.g. bad weather) van service on a particular route(s) does not operate, libraries will be notified via an e-mail message and this blog. If your library does not receive van service on a particular day, please check your e-mail and this blog before calling the State Library.

Please remember to properly label each item which you are sending via the Van Delivery Service. This will help ensure these items make it to the correct destination in a timely manner.

If you need a refresher on how items should be marked for the van, please refer to the Van Delivery Service - Instructions, http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/van_delivery/instructions.html, and scroll down to number 3 of the guidelines, "Addressing material to be sent on the van".

To print a current van directory list arranged in alphabetical order by library, please use the PDF version which is available at http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/van_delivery/documents/vandirectory.pdf
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this pdf file. If you do not have it installed on your machine, you may down load it for free from http://www.adobe.co.uk/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Due to the ever increasing load of materials transported by the New Hampshire State Library van delivery system, our vans can reach maximum capacity before the end of a van route, especially following long weekends and holidays. Our drivers can decline to accept materials if they feel they cannot fit them safely on their van. We are also asking libraries to please be aware of volume during times when there is likely to be a problem. You should prioritize your materials to be picked up, in case some items must be left until the next van pick up. That will allow us to immediately transport the most important items as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions you may contact Charles Shipman at 271-3302.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

June 8, 2018

ILL System Progress Update

An update from Michael York:

Last week we sent to the Department of Information Technology the RFP that the State Library developed for the new system. Key people at DOIT  have reviewed the document  they will inform us of any changes they saw necessary to make and the document  and will be sent to a comprehensive list of prospective vendors for their response. We expect this to happen within the next 2 weeks.  We will notify the library community, via the NHAIS blog, when the RFP is posted by DOIT. The vendors will have a specified period of time, approximately 1 month,  in which to respond.  There will be an evaluation period when a selection team will formally score the proposals and select the vendor best able to meet our needs.  Once that is done the state will negotiate a contract with the chosen vendor. And finally the Governor and Executive Council will approve the contract  and the implementation of the system will take place based on the agreed to dates in the signed contract.

Michael York
State Librarian
New Hampshire State Library
New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
20 Park Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
603 271 2397
Cell 603 497 7432
Fax 603 271 6826

June 1, 2018

NHU-PAC searching fixed

Friday, June 1, 11:53 a.m.: NHU-PAC searching is working again.