Discontinuation of Support for GIST Applications

May 29th, 2018

IDS Project will be discontinuing the support for GIST Applications.  This includes the beta of the Gift and Deselection Manager Online.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

GIST for Web 2.0.3 released

November 4th, 2014

A very minor update has been released for the GIST for ILLiad Webpages. Version 2.0.3 corrects an issue where the Date Picker icon was missing from the installer files, causing a broken image to appear.

If you have already customized your GIST webpages, please do the following:

  1. Download the GIST for Web 2.0.3 Upgrade Installer.
  2. In the GIST\Images folder, copy the cal_icon.gif file to your ILLiad webpage directory’s GIST\Images folder.
  3. Edit your GenericRequestGIST.html and EditGenericRequestGIST.html pages as follows:
<!-- ILLiad NotWantedAfter field -->
<div class="widget_field_name">* By when do you need this?</div>
<div class="widget_field"><!--<#ERROR name="ERRORNotWantedAfter">--><input readonly="readonly" id="NotWantedAfter" name="NotWantedAfter" type="text" size="15" class="f-name" tabindex="9" value="<#PARAM name="NotWantedAfter">"> <image style="cursor:pointer;" src="gist/images/cal_icon.gif" alt="Select Date" onclick="displayDatePicker('NotWantedAfter', this);" /></div>

“Building Responsive Collections with the Getting It System Toolkit” has now been published!

October 24th, 2014

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Contact: Kate Pitcher; [email protected]; 585-245-5528

Just in time for Open Access Week, SUNY Geneseo and The IDS Project proudly announce the release of Building Responsive Library Collections with the Getting It System Toolkit, a free ebook, available at


The Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) is a suite of free and open source tools & software,  leverages systems to optimize library acquisitions and deselection workflow, reducing the staff time necessary to make informed decisions and process materials. The Toolkit is divided into two functions:

  • GIST for ILLiad consists of three components that enhance the ILLiad® interlibrary loan request management software: addons, webpage customizations, and the acquisitions manager. All three components may be selectively utilized in ILLiad, for instance, ILLiad web pages may be applied to enhance the end-user request interface to add full-text discovery, or an ILLiad Addon can help ILL’s purchase on demand program discover the best way to purchase items difficult to borrow.  By combining all three and customizing these components for your library, you achieve significant benefits and optimize the combination of Acquisitions and ILL services.
  • The GIST Gift & Deselection Manager (GDM) is designed to manage and streamline library workflow for processing gifts and evaluating materials for weeding.  It is standalone open-source software that automates the gathering of data for evaluating donations; including holdings, edition comparisons, full-text, and other data. The GDM also enables collection managers to perform item-by-item deselection or use the batch analysis tool to create custom deselection reports for large weeding projects.

Building Responsive Library Collections with the Getting It System Toolkit combines helpful how-tos from the developers themselves, and first-hand implementation accounts from users of these time-saving tools. The volume is split into the Toolkit’s use with ILLiad and GDM, providing easy reference for users. This manual is an invaluable resource to any library using, or considering using, the Getting It System Toolkit.
Edited by the GIST Team at SUNY Geneseo, with contributions by:

Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University; Eric Joslin, Washington University in St. Louis; Ryan Litsey, Texas Tech University; Micquel Little, Monroe Community College (formerly at St. John Fisher College); Katherine Mason, Central Michigan University (formerly at Old Dominion University); Kate Ross, St. John Fisher College; and Susanna Van Sant, Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The free ebook is available via PDF & EPUB on the IDS Project Press website:


Also available on Amazon:

And through iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/building-responsive-library/id931967888?ls=1&mt=11

Using GIST GDM to find Textbooks to place on Reserve

February 6th, 2013

Want to automate discovering course textbooks?

We wanted to share a useful application of the GIST batch analysis – you can find course readings in batch with local call numbers – making it easy to pull from your collection and place on course reserves.  Instead of asking and waiting for the professor to say what is on the course readings to place on reserves, simply run GDM’s batch analysis tool on a list of ISBN’s from your bookstore and select Include Local Call Lookup.


This doubled the number of textbooks and assigned reading we placed on reserves – so it can save students money, save faculty time, and eliminate the work of asking faculty for lists and recalling books checked out.

Having trouble obtaining a list of textbooks? Providing an online list of Textbook/Required Readings with ISBNs is a requirement of colleges and universities, see: HEOA http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-110publ315/pdf/PLAW-110publ315.pdf

Have a tip… Please share your ideas on using GIST GDM by posting them to the GIST-L listserv: http://www.gistlibrary.org/community

GIST for Web 2.0.2 — DatePicker.js Update

December 20th, 2012

GIST for Web 2.0.2 has been released. This update fixes a bug in the DatePicker script, which would prevent users from selecting dates in 2013.

Current users of GIST for Web 2.0 should extract the following file on their web server in the \illiad\GIST\ folder:

Please contact the GIST Development Team if you need help installing this file.