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GIST Institute @ IDS Project Conference 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

At this year’s IDS Project Conference we will be starting the very first GIST Institute.

GIST Institute objectives

  • Focus on learning about GIST, sharing ideas about service design and innovations that improve workflow.
  • Provide attendees with an immersive experience and activities designed to help implementing GIST components.
We’ll be piloting the institute this year and incorporating much of our work on the Acquisitions Manager, which is still under development.
For the latest info on the Conference, follow the official #idsconf11 Twitter hashtag.

GIST documentation feedback

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

In an effort to ensure that everyone can implement GIST as easily as possible, we’d like to hear your feedback about our documentation. Please take the following brief survey to let us know what you think:

Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us make the GIST documentation better.

2010 in review

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 37 posts. There were 65 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 19mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 17th with 671 views. The most popular post that day was Gift and Deselection Manager.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gift and deselection manager, gist gdm, gist gift and deselection manager, gist gift, and gist gift manager.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Gift and Deselection Manager July 2010
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Installation & Configuration August 2010


About July 2010


User Guide August 2010


GIST for ILLiad Webpages July 2010

Using GIST for more than gifts & deselection

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

GIST is such a powerful tool for weeding and gift processing. Some of the same features of the Gift & Deselection Manager that streamline these workflows (local/group/state holdings, Better World Books decision, and Google Books/Hathi full text, among others) can also have other applications. Below are a couple of ideas for getting even more from the GIST GDM.

Becoming serial weeders: using the GDM on your JSTOR titles

In addition to running the GDM’s batch deselection tool on your monographs, you can also run ISSNs to evaluate your print serials. One example is a library in Ohio that ran the JSTOR titles through the GDM to evaluate whether or not they needed to preserve any of their print holdings. This example is a great way to reduce the number of dusty, old, and unused print serials taking up valuable space in your library or storage facility. Because the GDM checks group and state holdings, you can make decisions based upon the holdings of your partners and nearby libraries.

Apart from JSTOR, you can similarly run other serials collections through the GDM for analysis. Give it a try and see how the GDM works for more than just books.

Determine what to digitize on demand

There are a great many pre-1923 titles just waiting to be brought into the public digital domain. Because the GDM provides you with Google Books and Hathi Trust full text availability, you can very quickly determine whether or not the books you’re evaluating have been digitized. If you have the means, you can then digitize the book yourself and make if available through the Internet Archive or similar repositories. Or if you are handling a large collection that has yet to be digitized, it may be worth exploring membership in Hathi Trust or seeing if you can partner with Google Books. All of these are great ways to ensure open access to your public domain works and contribute to the ongoing effort of digitally preserving these aging works.

Are we missing something?

Has your library utilized the GDM in a creative way? Or are you exploring different ways in which to implement it? Please share your comments, we’d love to learn new ways of using the GDM.