Press Releases

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It's unlikely I'll get back to updating this site on a regular basis. If you are looking for a newer, more active source of similar news, please check out the recently announced foss4lib.org.

Central Kansas Consortium Chooses Koha

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Another largish consortium has selected an open source ILS solution. From LibLime's press release: the Central Kansas Library System--one of seven regional library systems in Kansas, and serving 17 counties in the state--has selected Koha ZOOM for 'Pathfinder Central', a new region-wide ILS consortium. A particularly quotable quote from James Swan, Administrator of CKLS: We believe the Open Source model, embodied by Koha ZOOM, reflects the spirit of public libraries. Funding projects that benefit everyone means more libraries will switch to open-source library automation and sponsor new developments that other libraries will benefit from too.

INCOLSA Selects Koha for Indiana Shared Library Catalog

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From the press release, LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) have announced that the Indiana Shared Library Catalog (ISLC) is migrating to Koha ZOOM for their next integrated library system (ILS) and union catalog.

Update on the Evergreen ILS

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Previously on OSS4LIB, it was mentioned that "A new and promising ILS is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 249 public libraries.". Then there was an entry about the project being ahead of schedule, and another concerning a demo. What was never posted here is that Evergreen has been running live in production at PINES (which is now over 260 libraries) since September of 2006. There is a vibrant community growing around the software consisting of the PINES crew, volunteers, interested individuals, and even a handful of vendors. Evergreen has started to spread beyond Georgia, and most recently, Equinox Software and the King County Library System have teamed up to build a Proof-of-Concept Evergreen installation. Check out the press release.

Stow-Munroe Falls for Koha ZOOM

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From the press release: LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Stow Ohio, USA has just gone live with Koha ZOOM.

Their OPAC is available online at: http://opac.smfpl.org/

LibLime to Acquire Katipo Communications' Koha Division

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WELLINGTON, NZ--Thursday, February 22, 2007- - LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, has announced it will acquire the Koha Division of New Zealand-based Katipo Communications, Ltd.

Katipo Communications, Ltd. was commissioned by Horowhenua Library Trust in 1999 to write the original version of Koha--the first open-source ILS-- and has been supporting and promoting Koha since its release in early 2000. LibLime has been providing commercial support for Koha since early 2005. The acquisition will significantly strengthen LibLime's in-house development and support capacity, enabling the company to handle a growing demand for open-source automation solutions in the library market. LibLime also plans to actively expand its support offerings to the Australasia region.

"We've had a long-standing partnership with Katipo," explains Joshua Ferraro, President, Technology of LibLime and Koha Project Release Manager. "This arrangement strengthens our ability to provide the outstanding support services that constitute the core of our business." The increased staff capacity and multiple timezones will allow LibLime to offer around-the-clock operating hours, including 24/7 support.

"We're especially thrilled to welcome Chris Cormack--the original author of Koha--to the LibLime team," says Ferraro.

The acquisition also highlights one of the unique features of an open-source business and development model: "Katipo's Koha customers don't need to worry about switching to a new ILS," explains Rachel Hamilton, Director of Katipo Communications. "With open source, switching vendors doesn't mean switching software. I'm confident that LibLime will provide our Koha libraries with the professional service they have come to expect." No vendor lock-in means that Koha users can choose what level of commercial support, if any, they require.

About LibLime

LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions - solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see http://liblime.com.

About Katipo Communications, Ltd.

Katipo Communications is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and is an established independent web development firm. Their multi-faceted team works closely together to provide products that are both visually appealing and technically sound. Katipo authored the original version of Koha in 1999 for Horowhenua Library Trust and has been supporting and promoting Koha since its release in early 2000.

About Koha

Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of small and medium-sized libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means `Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it, and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.

Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit:

http://koha.org/support/.

Koha with Class: Free Hosted Koha for Library Classrooms

From the press release: "LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today the launch of the Koha with Class Initiative, offering free hosted Koha systems to library school classrooms."

Announcement for MARC4J Publication

Crosswalking is a concise book for library programmers who want to learn to use MARC4J to process bibliographic data. MARC4J is an open source software library for working with MARC, MARCXML and related bibliographic standards in Java. The library is designed to bridge the gap between MARC and XML.

It is divided into the following chapters:

Chapter 1, Reading Data
Chapter 1 provides a short introduction about MARC formats and then focuses on reading MARC and MARCXML data. This chapter also explains how to create and update records and it demonstrates how to pre-process the input to convert MODS to MARC.
Chapter 2, Writing Data
Chapter 2 concentrates on the details of writing MARC and MARCXML data and how to post-process the output to convert MARC to MODS.
Chapter 3, MARC4J and JAXP
Chapter 3 explores integration with some important Java XML API's including JAXP, SAX and DOM. It demonstrates how to write the result to a DOM document, how to format XML output using a dedicated XML serializer, how to build pipelines using XSLT and how to use the SAX interface as an alternative to XSLT.
Chapter 4, Indexing with Lucene
Chapter 4 concentrates on indexing and searching MARC data with Apache Lucene using the MARC4J Lucene API.
Chapter 5, Putting It All Together
Chapter 5 focuses on building an SRU Search/Retrieve Web application using the various MARC4J interfaces and classes to process MARC data and using Lucene for indexing and searching.
Appendix A, MARC4J API Summary
Appendix A provides a summary of the core MARC4J interfaces and classes.
Appendix B, Command-line Reference
Appendix B documents the command-line programs included in the MARC4J API.

This book provides useful information for both developers learning about MARC4J for the first time and developers returning for reference and more advanced material. The chapters provide many reusable examples, while appendixes provide a reference to the API and the command-line utilities.

Crosswalking is published through lulu.com.

Visit lulu.com for more information.

Koha with Class: Future Librarians Train Using Koha ILS

ATHENS, OH -November 27, 2006- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the next generation of librarians at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX are training with Koha, the first open-source ILS.

Koha ILS was selected by Dr. Diane Neal, Assistant Professor at TWU's School of Library and Information Studies, as a learning tool for students taking coursework in library automation. Dr. Neal, formerly a Systems Librarian for University of Texas at Arlington, is a strong proponent of open-source software in libraries. "I chose Koha for several reasons," says Dr. Neal. "First, its web-based staff side interface makes it possible for students to access Koha easily from their own computers. This was a major concern, because the class is taught entirely online, and for that reason, it would be difficult for me to distribute desktop-based clients. Additionally, I believe that the philosophy of open-source software closely aligns with the philosophy of libraries as community-oriented organizations, so I choose to advocate open-source software in support of that alignment."

LibLime is hosting the demo systems for the class pro bono. "We're tremendously excited to see Koha being used in a classroom setting," says LibLime's President, Technology and Koha Release Manager Joshua Ferraro. "It is a great opportunity for librarians to get hands-on experience with open source. Nothing dispels fear of new technology like using it yourself. We're confident that the advantages of open source speak for themselves."

And how have the students reacted to the concept of open-source software in libraries? "My students have done an excellent job of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of open-source software in libraries. I assigned a discussion question on this topic, and they were quite analytical about the topic," says Dr. Neal.

Students were quick to see the advantages of open source which include the freedom to customize and cost-effectiveness, as well as the shared values which make open-source software and libraries a natural match: free access and community-driven knowledge. TWU student Vidya Krishnaswamy puts it best: "I am a strong supporter for the open-source software because its principles are so much similar and closer to the values and principles we as librarians believe which is free and equal access to data, information, and knowledge."

Is learning about library automation by using Koha likely to influence students' technology decisions when they themselves have to someday choose between open-source and proprietary software? "I am not sure yet whether this project will lead students to choose open-source or non-open-source solutions for their libraries in the future, but I am positive that the experience they are getting from this project is invaluable experience for them," says Dr. Neal. "Overall, my goal has been to provide a safe environment for students to explore the process of configuring integrated library systems, the communication issues and management decisions involved in a system configuration, and the nature of open-source software."

Neal's class, currently called Automation in the Library, will be called Library Technology Systems beginning Fall 2007. An elective course scheduled to be offered each fall, the class will introduce approximately 25 new students to Koha each quarter. In the words of TWU student Gayle Gordon: "The future of the library profession will depend in large part on how we handle technology." LibLime couldn't agree more, and we're confident that future is open source.

About Koha

Koha is a full-featured Open Source library management system first deployed in January 2000 at Horowhenua Library Trust. It is currently maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff from around the globe. Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of small and medium-sized libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means `Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it, and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.

Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of vendor services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit http://koha.org/support/. To try out the new Koha ZOOM for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

http://liblime.com/demos

About LibLime

LibLime offers a refreshing alternative to expensive proprietary software. LibLime's mission is to help libraries upgrade to open source by offering affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS. LibLime also provides services on these software products including: migration assistance, staff training, and sofware maintenance, support, and development.

Koha ZOOM Goes Live and It Rocks

ATHENS, OH -November 15, 2006- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the Nelsonville Public Library System in Athens Ohio has just gone live with Koha ZOOM, and they couldn't be more pleased. Koha ZOOM includes a powerful, full-featured search engine based on Zebra, a high-performance indexing and retrieval engine. Koha ZOOM catapults Koha into the big leagues, improving standards-compliance, eliminating scalability limitations, and offering some of the most advanced searching technologies available. For those libraries who have been waiting for an open-source ILS that rivals the expensive proprietary systems, the wait is over. Koha ZOOM is a true enterprise-class ILS, suitable for even the largest of collections.

It is fitting that the Nelsonville Public Library System (NPL) should premiere Koha ZOOM. No stranger to open source, NPL made waves in 2002 by becoming the first public library in the U.S. to adopt an open-source ILS, and the first public library in the world to use the MARC version of Koha. "The Nelsonville Library is very proud to be the first library in the world to put this new version of Koha into production," says NPL webmaster and Koha Interface Designer Owen Leonard. "NPL has been a core contributor to Koha for years now, and we are committed to helping foster the growth and development of this open-source project which can benefit libraries all over the world. With this upgrade comes a system that rivals any in the commercial realm, and NPL is proud to have helped make it possible." Nelsonville's public catalog can be found at: http://search.athenscounty.lib.oh.us

With a web-based interface, great self-service tools, support for important library standards like MARC and Z39.50, and lots of cool extras like enhanced content from Amazon.com, Koha is just what the doctor ordered. It's perfect for libraries looking to upgrade their legacy systems on a tight budget, or simply desiring control over the direction of their software investments. And with commercial support like LibLime, there are no barriers to implementation even for libraries limited (or no) in-house technology staff.

Open-source: the power to collaborate; the freedom to customize

Of course, the true power of open-source is in the ability to customize and to steer the direction of development. The integration of Koha and Zebra is yet another success story demonstrating the power of open-source software collaboration. As with all open-source projects, the value of sponsored development is in quality assurance. Purchasing development services guarantees that adequate time and resources are allocated to creating a production-ready product. No one library has to shoulder all development costs and, unlike proprietary software, all libraries using the product are not forced to foot the bill for development by paying hefty annual licensing fees. Libraries benefit from the developments sponsored or contributed by other libraries. Everyone wins.

"The Nelsonville Library is very grateful to Liblime," says Owen Leonard of NPL. "Without their help this radical advance in Koha development would not have been possible. Their commitment to quality and attention to detail were indispensable at every step in the process. This wasn't just an upgrade to our software, this was an upgrade to the quality of service the Nelsonville Public Library is able to offer to our patrons."

Koha libraries are coordinating their efforts and pooling resources to reach their technology goals. If you're looking to take control of your ILS, there's never been a better time.

About Nelsonville Public Library

The Nelsonville Public Library is a 7-branch library system in Southeast Ohio. NPL provides services to approximately 50,000 borrowers and has over 350,000 items in their collection. In 2002, NPL become the first public library in the U.S. to adopt an open-source ILS, and the first public library in the world to use the MARC version of Koha. Nelsonville has sponsored several functionality improvements to Koha including the initial MARC development and the Z39.50 server. NPL's webmaster Owen Leonard currently serves as Interface Designer for the Koha project.

About Koha

Koha is a full-featured Open Source library management system first deployed in January 2000 at Horowhenua Library Trust. It is currently maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff from around the globe. Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of small and medium-sized libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means `Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it, and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.

Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of vendor services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit http://koha.org/support/. To try out Koha ZOOM for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

* http://liblime.com/demos

About LibLime

LibLime offers a refreshing alternative to expensive proprietary software. LibLime's mission is to help libraries upgrade to open source by offering affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS. LibLime also provides services on these software products including: migration assistance, staff training, and sofware maintenance, support, and development.

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