The staff at the Alfred C. O'Connell Library at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce an important switch to a new library management system which impacts the automation of circulation, cataloging and reports throughout the library.
|The first book to be signed out under the new Aleph library management system, observed by the Genesee Library Staff. |
After months of preparation, the switch officially occurred December 8, 2003, at 9:15 A.M. The first transaction under the new system was the loan of Learning Success: Being Your Best at College and Life, a book by Carl Wahlstrom, Genesee Professor to student Erin Patmore of Bergen, NY. Cindy Francis, the library's Project Manager for the migration to the new system had the honor of circulating the book. A Web catalog accessible through Genesee's website, www.genesee.edu
, will debut in June 2004, and additional serials management and acquisitions modules will be implemented at a later date.With this new system, Genesee Community College joins 30 other SUNY campuses that are using the Ex Libris Corporation's Aleph product, which will eventually be installed at all 64 SUNY campuses. Genesee's implementation takes the SUNY project close to the halfway mark of completion. Aleph is in use at other major universities around the world including Harvard, Notre Dame, MIT, and the City University of New York. Aleph allows much flexibility for campuses to customize the system to suit local needs. The project would not have been possible without the support of the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) under the banner of the SUNYConnect program. In addition to major financial support, OLIS offered weeks of training sessions to library staff members and support is ongoing after the switch to production. It is a model of what SUNY campuses working together can accomplish. The next major step in the project is completion of a SUNY-wide Union Catalog enabling access to over 18 million SUNY library holdings."Our library staff, and particularly Cindy Francis, the Project Manager and Nina Warren, Systems Librarian, should be credited for a remarkable job in effectively implementing the Aleph system today," Ms. Judith Sikora, Coordinator of Library Services at Genesee said. "Keeping to the aggressive time schedule was incredible and we are grateful to everyone for their diligence, hard work, and can-do approach that made the project happen." For further information about the new library management system please contact Cindy Francis or Nina Warren by calling 585-345-6834.