who we are
OPALS is a community of academic, education, special and public librarians that collaborate with experienced software engineers, automation consultants, support technicians and administrators to develop and support this open source integrated library system.
Our goal is to create sustainable, state-of-the-art technology that is easy to use, easy to implement and easy to afford.
OPALS Information & Service Contacts
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
NYS Schools: Contact a BOCES School Library System or call Media Flex for assistance. U.S. Libraries: Media Flex Address: P.O. Box 1107, Champlain, NY 12919
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone #: 877-331-1022
Bibliofiche 245 ave Labrosse Montreal (Pointe-Claire) Quebec Canada H9R 1A3
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Toll-free: 866 - 263 - 4340
- Montreal & International: 514 - 336 - 4340
NYS BOCES School Library Systems
Many New York State Bureau of Cooperative Educational Services School Library Systems use OPALS to access and share instructional resources within their regions. Their union catalogs collectively serve more than 2500 school libraries, house millions of resources, and use an integrated, interlibrary loan module designed by regional directors, to share them.
OPALS interlibrary loan management features enable students and librarians to make and manage almost paperless requests. The ILL utility facilitates single requests, requests for multiple titles to various libraries and simultaneous multiple title and copy requests to multiple locations.
OPALS union catalogs are z39.50 client and server protocol compliant making them an excellent source of MARC bibliographic records. Union catalogs are also an excellent reference for collection development. In 2017, several BOCES School Library Systems will inaugurate regional eBook union catalogs for resources cataloged and where access rights have been acquired for school library use in their respective regions.
Broome-Tioga SLS, Cayuga-Onondaga SLS Capital Region BOCES School Library System Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES SLS Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES SLS Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington SLS Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Ostego SLS Dutchess BOCES SLS Eastern Suffolk BOCES SLS Erie 1 BOCES SLS Erie 2 BOCES SLS Franklin-Essex-Hamilton SLS Greater Southern Tier BOCES SLS Jefferson-Lewis BOCES SLS Madison-Oneida BOCES SLS Nassau BOCES SLS Oneida/Herkimer BOCES SLS Orange - Ulster BOCES School Library System Orleans/Niagara BOCES Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES SLS Oswego SLS Putnam Northern Westchester SLS Questar III SLS Rockland SLS St. Lawrence-Lewis SLS Southern Westchester SLS Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga SLS Ulster BOCES School Library System Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex SLS Western Suffolk BOCES School Library System