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mid-semester platform changes -- please don't!
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- From: Kathy Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 19:16:43 EST
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This is an open letter to Vendors and Publishers and I apologize if this is not the appropriate listserv. Although it seems obvious, apparently it isn't, so I feel the need to make this statement: *It is usually a very bad idea to make platform changes in the middle of the academic semester.* We've had 3 vendors announce interface changes within the past 2 weeks -- one is causing significant problems, despite the usual promises of it being "seamles And these are not business databases, but ones where the academic community represents major portions of their customer base. While I realize the calendars are not the same for all colleges, universities, countries, or continents, some consideration has to be given to the academic calendars. Major changes can (and often do) produce confusion for our students, faculty, librarians and staff throughout the library. The impact can be observed in broken links in course management systems, MARC records that have to be reloaded, bibliographic instruction materials requiring revision, reference staff and virtual reference staff requiring retraining, and lost use data, to name just a few aspects coming to light in the wake of these "seamless transitions". Thank you, Kathy Katherine A. Perry VIVA Director
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