Monday, May 23, 2011

The quiet before the storm

About a month ago I wrote about how the Darling Library was flying into cloud computing. In terms of the pace of our transition we really are flying! Our "Welcome" meeting was February 24th and we should have a fully functional new system on May 25th! That's three months from "Hello!" to "We're Done!" (We plan to take about a week and a half to test the system before it is ready for launch.)

As of last Monday, May 16th, our data was pulled from our old system and is being prepared for final delivery this Wednesday.

During this in between time, we are nearly "dead in the water." Our old system is still operational but anything we do with it now will have to be done again in the new system when it is "live." So, for now, we are not acquiring any books, checking in any periodicals, or doing any cataloging. Any books that are checked in or out during this time will have to be transferred to the new system manually.

So, what is the library staff doing now?

We are girding our loins! Planning our test scenarios, developing user interfaces, experimenting with widgets, and trying to anticipate problems. If all goes well, we will be launching our new system Monday, June 6th which, coincidentally, is the anniversary of D-Day.

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

-- Excerpt from the message delivered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to the troops prior to the invasion of Normandy, France (June 6, 1944).

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