February 9, 2018

A Letter to the Library Community

The goal of this update is to present information about our current situation with regard to the URSA ILL module along with our plans to fix automated ill and to replace the Sirsi Dynix system.  Our plan to replace the Sirsi Dynix system is in place and we have accomplished a major goal related to that plan ; we secured the funding for a  new system from the State legislature. It is in a capital appropriation in the 2018 /2019 biennial budget.  The difficulty we face is that we  have to solve a hugh  problem ( the demise of URSA ) which is no longer available from Sirsi Dynix. We were the last system to have this module operational. Our plan was to have Sirsi Dynix running for one more year while we installed the new ILS and we now have to revise that plan.

Last week we asked a group of ILL librarians to help us evaluate a possible solution  to the ILL problem.  This group of experienced NHAIS ill contacts were  from the following libraries: Colebrook Public Library, Dover Public Library, Dunbar Free Library, Gordon-Nash Library, Keene Public Library, Kensington Public Library, Manchester City Library, North Conway Public Library, Somersworth Public Library, Weeks Memorial Library. The product we asked them to evaluate is known as RELAIS and is owned by OCLC . RELAIS is a D-to-D library solution which includes much of the ILL functionality URSA had. The group that  looked at it thought it showed promise. We are looking for solutions to this problem and we have spoken with vendors including:  Bywater, OCLC and RELAIS.  We will continue to work on this and welcome suggestion on possible vendors with ILL products.
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

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