Work on the findIT CT statewide library catalog (https://finditct.org) continues. More than 200 libraries are now represented in the catalog. You can view a list of libraries whose holdings are available for searching in the catalog at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/finditct/librariesinfindit or by clicking the "Libraries in findIT" tab above.
We anticipate rolling out a basic Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system in the first half of 2017. The basic system will allow library staff members to initiate and respond to ILL requests. We plan on holding training sessions at various locations throughout the state. Details coming soon.
June 9, 2016
The next phase of development of findIT CT will be adding the holdings of all remaining libraries into the catalog. The easiest way for our development partners to accomplish this is by adding holdings by ILS vendor. The schedule below lists the dates when we will put out a call for your library’s holdings based on your library’s ILS vendor. You will have 2 weeks to submit your holdings for inclusion in the catalog.
Gail Hurley will be putting out the call to submit your library’s holding according to the schedule. Her message will contain information on the ftp process. If you’ve already submitted holdings, we ask you to send another extract since the ones you sent last November and December are now out of date. If you cannot submit your holdings during the 2 weeks, please let Gail know and we will make other accommodations.
ILS/Vendor: Koha; SirsiDynix; Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (excluding libraries in LCI, LION, & CONSULS);
Submission of holdings opens: Wednesday, June 15
Deadline for submission of holdings: Thursday, June 30
ILS/Vendor: Ex Libris; TLC; Polaris
Submission of holdings opens: Tuesday, July 5
Deadline for submission of holdings: Tuesday, July 19
ILS/Vendor: Auto-Graphics (Auto-Graphics will send us this update)
Submission of holdings opens: Mon, July 25
Deadline for submission of holdings: Friday, August 5
ILS/Vendor: Follett; Any other ILS not listed above
Submission of holdings opens: Monday, August 15
Deadline for submission of holdings: Wednesday, August 31
May 24, 2016
At its completion, findIT CT will facilitate ILL for all participating libraries across the state of Connecticut. Phase 1 of findIT CT (just completed) was to build a discoverable catalog. Libraries submitted data extracts for the discoverable catalog back in the Fall of 2015. Once the overall development of findIT CT is completed, more frequent data extracts will take place.
The catalog available now serves as a snapshot from Fall of 2015 of the holdings of 4 of the library consortia in Connecticut. All other libraries will be added over the summer.
We have tried to keep the initial functionality of findIT CT straightforward. Additional functionality will be available in the future as the project develops. Some of the current screen displays and functionality are necessary as they will integrate with the live ILL version of the software.
May 18, 2016
(HARTFORD, CT) The Connecticut State Library's Division of Library Development is pleased to announce that the first version of findIT CT, the statewide library catalog, is now live!t Over 10.3 million item holdings from more than 150 public, school, and academic libraries from four of Connecticut's consortia are available for searching. You can findIT at https://finditct.org.
findIT CT is being developed in phases and this is only the beginning. The next phase will see the holdings of all other participating libraries loaded into the catalog, representing approximately an additional 10.4 million item records. The third phase will see the requestIT CT Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system developed and implemented. At that time, staff training workshops will be offered.
The Connecticut State Library thanks Bibliomation for partnering with us on this project, Equinox for developing the software, and participating libraries for contributing their records to the catalog.
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