Wednesday
Dec052018

Job Postings: Project Coordinator and UX Developer for CC-PLUS Open Source Software Project

Are you looking to be a part of an exciting new community-owned software initiative, empowering libraries and consortia to make better decisions? 

PALCI is seeking applicants for two exciting part-time, remote work, contract positions working on the collaborative CC-PLUS project. Interested applicants can read more, here:

1) CC-PLUS Project Coordinator: Jan. 2019 - Sept. 2020; 24-35 hours per month

2) CC-PLUS Project User Interface and Usability Developer: Jan. 2019 - Sept. 2020; 10-20 hours per month (up to 300 hours total)

Positions remain open until filled, with first consideration given to applications received by December 19, 2018. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Questions? Contact Jill Morris (jill@palci.org).

Wednesday
Dec052018

Press Release: Second Round of IMLS Funding Awarded to Consortial Usage Statistics Software Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2018

Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. and Consortium Partners
Media Contact: Jill Morris, PALCI Associate Director, (215) 567-1755 ext. 2, jill@palci.org

Second Round of IMLS Funding Awarded to Consortial Usage Statistics Software Project
PALCI and partners are collaborating on an open source platform for library consortia usage statistics

Drexel Hill, PA: The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) and seven partnering international library consortia (CDL, Couperin, CRKN, Jisc, SCELC, USMAI, and VIVA) are pleased to announce their selection as recipients of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant in the amount of $247,500. The project, entitled “Establishing a Cloud-Based Consortial Platform for Library Usage Statistics (CC-PLUS),” is a two-year initiative which began October 1, 2018.

CC-PLUS is an open source platform enabling consortia worldwide to manage their libraries’ usage data through a single interface, automate their data harvesting, and make data-informed decisions regarding their investments in electronic resources. This project came directly from conversations within the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) community, and is an extension of a one-year IMLS planning grant PALCI received in 2017 to create a prototype version of the platform.

With this additional funding, PALCI and its partners will further develop the platform, including the addition of ebook and database usage data, improving the user interface design, investigating journal title and package integration, and creating robust user documentation. The team will also develop the business models, infrastructure, and community awareness necessary to establish a production-ready usage statistics tool supporting consortia and libraries with data-driven decisions for effective stewardship of library content.

“This project aims to increase libraries’ effectiveness in issues related to usage data,” said Cathy Wilt, Executive Director of PALCI. “The availability of a shared, open source usage data platform will result in libraries and consortia positioned to serve as exemplary stewards, empowered to make better-informed investments in electronic resources."

About Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.

PALCI (legally named the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.) was formed in 1996 as a grassroots federation of 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today, the PALCI membership consists of nearly 70 academic and research libraries, private and public, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. PALCI’s mission is to build access to our shared collections through collaboration among academic libraries in Pennsylvania and the neighboring states. PALCI Members serve over 800,000 students, faculty, and staff, through a variety of programs including the highly-regarded E-ZBorrow resource sharing service. PALCI also serves as the home for PA Digital, the Pennsylvania hub on the Digital Public Library of America, and the new Affordable Learning PA program, creating a community of practice for open textbooks and related educational resources. To learn more, visit: http://palci.org.

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Friday
May252018

CC-PLUS Project, Phase 1: Prototype Creation - Final Report & Webinar Recording

We're pleased to share our CC-PLUS Final Report, delivered via webinar to the ICOLC community on Wednesday, May 16. The recording and slides are available below:

CC-PLUS Final Report Webinar: Watch Recording

CC-PLUS Final Report Slide Deck: Download slides

CC-PLUS Prototype: Access the project on GitHub

The community is in the process of applying for another round of IMLS funding through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program in the National Digital Platform category. If you're interested in supporting the community with this project, please consider writing us a letter of support. Contact jill@palci.org to receive a template for the letter. You can read more about the project in our Preliminary Proposal to IMLS (2018-20).

Additionally, if you'd like to be involved with testing, whether a locally-installed instance or a hosted version, please contact Jill Morris, CC-PLUS Project Director (jill@palci.org).

 

Friday
Dec012017

November 2017 CC-PLUS Update

 

A presentation at the Charleston Conference about Jisc and CC-PLUS was very well attended, and discussions were held with ConsortiaManager about possible future integration.  There is CC-PLUS representation on the committee to develop requirements for the COUNTER 5 tool for consortium report functionality.  
CC-PLUS Advisory Board members held a meeting on November 30, 2017.  The group decided to submit a preliminary proposal for a Project Grant to extend this project through the IMLS National Leadership Grant program in 2018.   The meeting included a live demo of the CC-PLUS prototype.  Testing of importing and exporting institutions, providers, and credentials has been successful.  No usage data has been pulled into the system yet.  The roles of Admin, Manager, and User were discussed.  The Manager is envisioned as an institutional power-user with some administrative privileges related to the person’s home institution, although the functional tasks of this level of user are to be determined.  

 

Thursday
Nov022017

October 2017 CC-PLUS Update

CC-PLUS Advisory Board members held meetings on September 28 and November 2, 2017.  Recent efforts have focused on the development of use cases, such as CC-PLUS as a consortial statistics portal, institutional statistics portal, and SUSHI harvester, as well as the tasks that would be associated with these use cases.  Scott Ross has developed draft wireframes for the administrative side of the software based on these use cases.  Sample pages include login, user administration, institutional administration, provider administration, report listings, alert settings, and more.  The system is being developed to support multiple consortia simultaneously.