NYS BOCES School Library Systems

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

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    E-mail Address: info@opalsinfo.net
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    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
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    Bibliofiche 245 ave Labrosse Montreal (Pointe-Claire) Quebec Canada H9R 1A3
    • 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
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    United States
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    Canada
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    Germany
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    Brazil
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    Haiti
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    Saudi Arabia
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    Jordan
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    Mozambique
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    Angola
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    Madagascar
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    China
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    South Korea
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    South Korea