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GIST for Web 2.0.3 released

Tuesday, 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!

Friday, 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:

GIST ILLiad Preconference Slides & Workbook

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Unable to attend today’s GIST preconference session at the 2012 OCLC ILLiad International Conference? No problem! Download the ILLiad Preconference Slideshow (6228) from today’s session.

You can also download a copy of our GIST Workbook (1427), which is a great planning tool for all libraries interested in implementing GIST. It will guide you through planning, installing, configuring, and launching GIST at your library.

Questions? Feel free to contact the development team!

GIST Acquisitions Manager & new GIST for ILLiad Web have been released

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The GIST Team and IDS Project are pleased to announce that the next generation of GIST tools have been released and are ready for you to customize and streamline your acquisitions, collection development, and interlibrary loan processes & workflow.

New GIST Tool

The GIST Acquisitions Manager is a new type of acquisitions system built within ILLiad using new GIST tables and GIST Addons. It provides…

  • Management of fund/budgets – with immediate fund balance checking at the point of review or purchasing
    • GIST matches the funds with the requesters automatically.
    • GIST manages a single ILL purchase on demand fund to large sets of collection development funds.
  • Custom Conspectus – GIST recommends purchase or review when a request meets your collection building profile.
    • Enable purchasing where ILL requests for materials not held in your consortia but fit your collection building profile.
    • Adjust almost 1,600 Library of Congress classification and Dewey divisions to highlight where you want to grow your collection.
  • Streamlined and flexible acquisition workflow
    • Using GIST, you customize the services and process the way you want to enhance your ILL purchase on demand or fully share buy-borrow strategies that build a strong and diverse collection.
    • Based on valued data, route requests automatically and make decisions about buy or borrow fast.
  • Select the web services you want in your workflow; Connexion, Gobi, etc. including adding some 30 addons:

Also in this release – a new discovery widget for your standalone ILLiad request form

  • Requesters only have to add an author and title, or ISBN to search Worldcat from within the blank request form to discover exactly what they want you to buy or borrow – this helps you streamline your workflows and provide accurate services.

Look for the GIST Team in Virginia Beach

On March 21, 2012, we will be conducting an all-day pre-conference workshop with Atlas Systems at the 2012 OCLC ILLiad International Conference.


  • Many thanks to the GIST Team and the IDS Project for their work on developing the Getting It System Toolkit.
  • Special thanks to Atlas Systems and OCLC for their support of the project from development to deployment.
  • Many thanks also to Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) and the NY3Rs for supporting GIST Development, including an RBDB grant.
  • Very special thanks to Mark Sullivan’s countless hours of programming in LUA to get all the amazing acquisitions and collection development features in ILLiad’s robust request management system.

GIST Acqusitions Manager – to be released Jan. 31, 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Hello Everyone,

Sometimes things take a bit longer than expected, but like a good dry red wine, it’s worth the wait…

Thanks to beta-testing, the GIST team has a list of a few bugs to fix before releasing the Acquisitions Manager – this also gives us some extra time to better prepare our documentation for how to implement the latest GIST product – an acquisitions module inside ILLiad that includes budget/fund management, and the conspectus.

Stay tuned – the documentation will be evolving with new videos – thanks to Tim Bowersox’s talent for captivate, camtasia, and prezi.

All that said, you have time to prepare: Planning and description.

  • Getting necessary APIs from OCLC and Amazon.
  • Preparing various sets of OCLC symbols for your consortial partners,
  • Most importantly, encouraging the dialogue and workflow tours between ILL and acquisitions – this is also a great time to review data from 2011 to see how various criteria – such as purchasing when no library holdings in group 2 or 3 – might impact the year ahead.

Also in the works – watch for GIST at the OCLC International ILLiad Conference in March.

Thanks for your continued interest in GIST – watch for more on the releasing of the Acquisitions Manager in the next few weeks.

Best wishes,