LOA Building Reroofing = LOA Library Closed

The long anticipated reroofing of the Laboratory of Anthropology Building commenced August 4th. The contract for the reroofing is for 60 working days. It is unknown for how long the LOA Library will be inaccessible. The LOA Library itself and the closed stacks of the LOA Library are swathed in plastic for the duration. The LOA Building and LOA Library will need to undergo extensive cleaning prior to being able to reopen as there is a thick layer of dust on everything.

I will post an updates as more information becomes available about when the LOA Library will be able to reopen.

The Librarian – Allison Colborne – is working offsite in a LOA Building office and also in the basement of the LOA Building for the duration of this construction project.

Allison remains available to assist you with your research. Feel free to contact her by calling 505-476-1266 or emailing her as usual at: allison.colborne@state.nm.us.



LOA Library sends initial load of data to vendor, Bywater Solutions

The LOA Librarian has been very busy since I broke the exciting news!

She completed cleaning up and integrating the Sylvanus Griswold Morley database, a DB/Textworks database comprised of 1130 records into the LOA Library’s main Labbook database on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Today, she sent the initial data load of the LOA Library’s main database called Labbook which is comprised of 39,481 records. She also sent Bywater Solutions instructions on how to map the InMagic DB/Textworks fields to MARC21, the data standards used by Libraries world wide.

Since she last posted on this weblog at the end of January, she has been working at a feverish pace. A total of 974 records were cleaned up in just two and a half weeks! To date, she has revised 18707 records out of a total 39,481 records!

I will keep you posted as things transpire…


New ILS for the LOA Library

Exciting news!

The LOA Library is migrating its current InMagic DB/Textworks system to the KOHA Integrated Library System. The new Koha ILS system is scheduled to go live July 21, 2014. Funds realized from the 2012 Onsite Booksale are undewriting the migration, hosting and support of the KOHA Integrated Library System. The new Koha ILS will be migrated, hosted in the cloud and maintained by Bywater Solutions.

The LOA Librarian is currently performing data clean up and standardization of the records in preparation for the migration. To date, she has cleaned up over 45% – 17,733 records – of the 39,293 records in the system.

The new Koha ILS will be the first new system the LOA Library has implemented since the InMagic DB/Textworks database was impelmented in 1992.

Once migrated the LOA Library records will be searchable on the Internet for the very first time!

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