New Zealand and Me

Greetings to all my Koha Community friends and to those of you who are interested in the open source community. I have been spending my days working on our library building and launching new programming for YAs and Adults with our new Adult Services Librarian, Regan de Victoria. With the new school year under way we have been busy with plans for banned books week, library card drive, Montana Library Day snap shot, outreach to schools and teachers to get the word out about our library resources and setting up after school homework help.

As if that isn’t enough – our library needs a new roof desperately (it rains in the building when it is raining outside or snowing). We received the funding from the Council of Commissioners to our great relief and hopefully will have a roof soon. Some sad news, one of our longest serving Library Trustees passed away on the 5th of September. Le Roy Cottom was a retired architect and was an avid supporter of the library being up to speed with the latest in technology, even though he had spent little or no time on a computer. He prided himself on being a Luddite who knew the value of what the library could do with technology.  His memorial service was very touching and over 300 people attended because he was such a supporter of our community and served it faithfully.  We have started the install of a new OS and Koha 3.2 on a second server to be sure we can address any glitches in the migration of the database and our SIP connections. We have a few customizations but I don’t think it will cause any major delays. We hope to cut over to 3.2 by  the first part of October.

Most of my waking hours I have been putting together the presentation for KohaCon 10. After weeks of work I just trashed my presentation and have decided to take a fresh approach. I will post a link to the presentation here when it is done. The topic is ‘Why do I love Koha’!!! Where does a librarian start!

A highlight of a recent Economic Summit here in Butte Montana was my chance to meet the New Zealand ambassador Mike Moore and let him know about our library’s relationship with Kiwi ingenuity. He is a gracious and humorous gentleman who let me get a picture with him before I left the secret service green room enclave. Koha diplomacy

Finally,  a side note about the latest PTFS offering of negotiations for bridging the gap that now exists in the international Koha community regarding the LibLime/PTFS  claim to the Koha trademark and domain issues. Let’s see how the wiki conversations go and what the propositions lead to, so productive resolutions are at the ready when we get together next month in Wellington. I will post here as I learn more…until then, Kia Ora!

See you in Wellington, NZ in October!

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