Santa Clara County Library

Free E-Books Project

Galecia principal, Lori Ayre, and Galecia Associate, Karen Coyle, worked with the Santa Clara County Library to test the effect of making freely available ebooks available to patrons directly from the Library catalog. Working with the Internet Archive APIs and content, the Galecia team converted MARC records for the Library to load into their catalog. These records allow patrons to download e-books directly from the catalog (without having to go to the Internet Archive's Open Library website).


Dayton Metro Library

RFID and AMH Opportunities to Improve Patron Experience at Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Metro Library has embarked on a series of initiatives that will transition the library from a 22-outlet system with book-centered spaces to a 17-outlet system designed to better serve the diverse needs of the Montgomery County community.

The Library contracted with The Galecia Group for help evaluating the potential benefits of using new technologies to create optimized workflows for staff and improve the customer experience.

The contract included assessing the benefits, costs, and return on investment of RFID and materials handling technologies. In addition, the project included a process in which staff would learn more about the technology and participate in a series of activities that would help them envision how RFID, sorters, self check-in, and self check-out, could be employed to free up staff time and library spaces allowing staff to focus on the evolving needs of their patrons and better serve their communities.  


California Library Association

CLA 2014 Conference Crowdsourcing Platform

The Galecia Group built "Crowdsource Your Vote," a Drupal-based application that allowed librarians to vote for their favorite sessions at this year's California Library Association annual conference.  


Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems (RAILS)

RAILS Overlay Project

Conducted environmental scan of resource-sharing products currently in production that would be suitable for RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems) given that the objective of the group was to find a resource‐sharing discovery and fulfillment system that builds on the existing technology environment, allowing libraries in consortia and libraries with standalone integrated library systems (ILS) to participate.


Topeka and Shawnee County Library

RFID Procurement Consultation

Worked with the Library to select an RFID vendor to provide RFID tags, security gates, self-check-out machines. Assisting with RFP development, planning for demonstrations, working with staff to understand the technology and providing implementation assistance.



Open Source - Open Libraries Project

Helped establish and  managed the Open Source Open Libraries Consortium in cooperation with Peninsula Library System and Califa. The goal of the consortia was to "empower libraries and library consortia by encouraging participation and collaboration in software products generally, and encouraging them to consider an Open Source Library System such as Koha or Evergreen."

Over the course of the project we moved 9 library systems to Koha and helped three library systems begin evaluating Evergreen and Fulfillment. The project was concluded in October, 2013.


Marin County Free Library

Materials Handling Evaluation Related to Branch Remodels

Evaluated the feasibility of implementing AMH systems in the branches and assistied with materials handling workflow optimization related to branch remodels. Project included making recommendations for new equipment, workroom layout, automation and modified workflows.


Salt Lake City Public Library

Salt Lake City RFID and Materials Handling Project

Lori Ayre assisted in the selection of an RFID/AMH vendor and planning for the implementation. The project included vendor selection, RFID conversion, selecting and sizing equipment (self-check-ins, self-check-outs, sorters, staff stations), planning remodels, and working with vendor. Cheryl Gould worked with the Library to help define their service model to support their goal of 100% self-check-out.  


Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library RFID Procurement

Lori Ayre worked with Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library to meet with Library stakeholders and clarify the short and long-term goals related to their planned RFID procurement and to learn more about the realities of RFID use in libraries. Building on this initial meeting, Ayre worked with the Library to develop an RFP and procurement plan. Ayre drafted the RFP, developed a scoring instrument, and also created a demo script and scoring instrument for the demo.  


Illinois Library Association

Future of Illinois Library Cooperation: Exploring Effective, Efficient Service Models

The Illinois Library Association had been leading an effort to provide for cost-effective solutions to the changing library landscape in Illinois. After nine regional systems were merged into two (RAILS, and IHLS), they hired The Galecia Group to provide an analysis about how best to go forward with merging the delivery operations from each of the nine regions and to share best practices.