Page1+ is the next-generation library services platform for 18 Ontario colleges. Launched in July 2022, it utilizes ExLibris Alma and is the result of an extensive collaborative process by the Ontario college libararies and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) to select and implement a new library system. It involved selecting a new vendor and software and migrating bibliographic, holdings and patron data from a variety of existing systems:
- 14 colleges migrating from SirsiDynix Symphony
- 2 colleges migrating from Mandarin M5 and Oasis
- 1 college migrating from Evergreen
- 1 college migrating from two separate instances Surpass Centriva
- The Colleges Union Catalogue migrating from SirsiDynix Symphony
It also involved integrating with various Student Information Systems, Learning Management Systems, reading list and library scheduling software, Single-Sign-On infrastructure, etc. as well as coordinating policies across participating colleges.
I coordinated the competitive procurement process of a library services platform solution for OCLS and the 18 colleges involved in the project. This included
- Gathering technical and functional requirements across all stakeholders
- Coordinating the preparation and publication of a Request for Proposals (RFP) document
- Establishing objective decicision criteria
- Coordinating the evaluation of RFP responses by a team of over 20 subject matter experts
- Participation in the evaluation and award of ExLibris Alma as successful proponent
- Participation in contract negotiation
Once the successful proponent was selected, I continued to offer technical expertise to the project’s implementation steering committee, as well as data migration support for some colleges.
As a consortial implementation, the colleges participating in Page1+ share bibliographic records within their “Network Zone”. Although setting up the Network Zone was greatly simplified thanks to the migration of the Colleges Union Catalogue, this step still required deduplicating and mass-processing records. While most of this work was done by OCLS and ExLibris, I produced migration scripts to prepare and deduplicate data migrated from systems not natively supported by the vendor’s migration procedures. This involved notably
- SQL scripts to export Evergreen data to MARC and CSV format
- Python scripts for automatic enrichment of MARC records exported from Surpass Centriva
- OpenRefine operations and Python scripts to deduplicate MARC records exported from multiple ILS instances
- Python scripts for cleaning up acquisition metadata
The preparation of the RFP was done in collaboration with Liana Giovando of Pertinence.ca, who subsequently took over the project management role for the implementation phase.