Monthly Archives: April 2010

LibLime thoughts

KohaCon 2009 Day 1
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Koha Friends,
We are a Koha library and I am just a librarian. We migrated with LibLime in 9/09 and I was one of LL’s biggest fans. One of the things LL did right was allow libraries to decide for themselves on install and config issues. We are self-hosted (thank God, in hindsight) and we have customized a little. We liked having developers that we could go to- to get our needs met for our installation and contributed our customizations (Overdrive SIP) to the community (except it is in the manual on I think).
When the craziness started almost a year ago I was sad to see something with such potential crash and burn (LL and Koha-Community). It made me physically ill.
Now we have PTFS. I guess the  money is in  creating one hosted product with one solution so that it is economical to manage in “the cloud”. I am sure other librarians feel as I do that I like having my “stuff” on this box right here (pointing under desk). I won’t even presume to understand the complexities of “taking Koha to the next level” in the PTFS world but it is a different animal with  the same genus as Koha – Community. As Nicole Engard tweeted, it is not even the same concept of Open Source.

I will take the higher ground and say I wish PTFS well as they create some hybrid version of Koha (forked code). Librarians stake their careers on the concept of free information and universal access to the information. Open Source = universal access to information for me. Maybe the community should start thinking of a way to help those who thought they were getting FOSS Koha migrate out of LEK and Koha Express. Maybe a vendor could provide that service? I can tell you if I was in their shoes that’s what I would be looking to do. I am just saying, it’s not enough to just move on as the community. There are some casualties from this deal and I hope some one offers a solution to help them back to where they thought they would be, a part of the Koha-community. I am glad (tickled pink actually) my library is part of the community.
Cheers and see ya in NZ!
Beer and Pizza on me.
Lee Phillips

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LINK2.0 Koha

Koha Camp @ Code4Lib
Image by nengard via Flickr

I stumbled on the site for migration at Vicki Teal Lovely’s library group, LINK (Library Interchange Network). The are keeping a “log blog” of their migration from Dynix. We did this as well, right here,  over a year ago. After an massive inventory effort using Koha’s “last seen” feature, we are ready to move to Koha 3.2 with support from the Koha Community.

Butte is also looking at Kete for a platform for our digital collection…so we will blog our experiences with Kete over the next few months.

For those who are thinking about migrating to Koha let me say it has been a very satisfying experience for us. Even though we are be a bit behind on updates and bug fixes everything runs smoothly (Results of the LibLime meltdown). We are self hosted and very glad we decided to control our own box.  We have on site and local support which many libraries don’t have.

Thanks for sharing your experience Vicki and SCLS.

Here in Butte, we will be cheering you on!

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