Once again, probably like you, we find ourselves working like crazy to complete as much as possible before the sleigh bells ring and the bells peal the New Year in.
It has been a very busy year at Soutron with many things happening that have excited us and, hopefully, given you improved ways to do your tasks and manage information.
We have been hampered these past few weeks by the impact of colds and flu on most of the team at Soutron. It has been particularly nasty and has kept several of us away from our work so we are paddling away trying to catch up with lost time!
The Travelling Librarian
Graham Partridge on the road
Some of you may have seen our very own “Travelling Librarian” Graham Partridge
come through your doors in the past few months. Graham has taken to travelling the railways to meet more of you and to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. He really enjoys himself in the library and this is his chance to get back to his roots and make sure he knows what people want from us. He likes working alongside librarians to see what needs to be done. This year we have managed to vastly improve workflows in acquisitions and serials
as a direct result. He plans to write up some of his experiences as the applications that people are using Soutron for are quite varied and amazing.
So look out for a new blog appearing in the New Year from Graham P. Graham is a keen photographer of scenery so we may get a few nice pictures thrown in!
When Graham P is not travelling he is helping steer development of new features. The new release of Version 4, announced in October at the User Group meeting in London, has been very well received. Those people who have implemented it already are very happy with the new features and speed improvements that are being achieved. Graham P is helped by Craig Parsons to steer development and this year has seen Craig take more of a lead in the management of the development team and this has allowed Graham P to spend more time examining systems with clients. We think this type of teamwork and involvement with clients is really important so if you wish to see Graham and have him help on any projects he will make himself available.
The feedback from our early adopters of v4 and the Search Portal has led us to make some changes to the release of a new build of Soutron that we had planned to issue in December. We are really disappointed to have missed this target date but having the next build released at the end of January will allow many more features to get into the system.
Phase 1 of the Search Portal was released this year to a limited few who are keen to take on and test the new software. Results of the initial testing necessitated further development work. This will be included in the end of January build as part of Phase 2. It will include features that bring it in line with the functionality found in the present OPAC. This will also include performance improvements and enhancements to the way that records can be selected and shared. Phase 3 will be issued later in 2015. We will see new features and extended capabilities for Search released to a few clients before others. We are discussing these new features with those who are working in Archives and in Skills databases
so that we are better able to manage search and present non-bibliographic data.