Minnesota State Libraries Software Migration

Minnesota State library employees are participating in a year-long software migration. This change will integrate electronic resource management into library processes and streamline workflows.

What does this mean?

Library employees are now participating in weekly project and functionality calls and will soon be attending a vendor-led, four-day training. Libraries with limited summer staffing will have to suspend work on migration soon and resume in August. The System Office and PALS have worked with leadership to fund some extra contract days to provide more migration-related work time.

How can you help?

Remind stakeholders that a migration of this size is more complicated than moving data files. Libraries are looking at operational policies and procedures that have developed over many years and were often implemented to accommodate needs that have changed. They may need to discuss these topics with college and university stakeholders.

GoLive is scheduled for January 31, 2019. Then there will be cleanup work, tweaking of software configurations, and discussions about use. The change in software could change work roles. These are good conversations to have. Your library employees can provide input based on firsthand experience.

If you have questions, please ask your employees.

The MNPals site is located here.

For more information contact Johnna Horton.

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