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Koha Services from LibLime. Nicole C. Engard, Open Source Evangelist nce@liblime.com http://liblime.com. Outline. LibLime What is Open Source? Demos Open Discussion. The leader in open-source solutions for libraries. Athens County Public Libraries.

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koha services from liblime
Koha Services from LibLime

Nicole C. Engard,

Open Source Evangelist

nce@liblime.com

http://liblime.com

outline
Outline
  • LibLime
  • What is Open Source?
  • Demos
  • Open Discussion
intensely frustrated
Intensely Frustrated
  • Libraries slow to adopt open source
  • ‘No Support’ was the most common objection
  • An Open Source Software Company seemed the most practical approach
slide7
It all started with an idea: open access to ideas and information not only builds better libraries, it builds better software too.
slide8

Integrated Library Systems

Meta-Search

Digital Library

it s all open source
It’s all Open Source!
  • You steer development!
  • Features can be implemented in days and weeks, not years and decades
  • You can share your solutions with other libraries
growth patterns
Growth Patterns
  • 400% growth three years running
  • Incorporated January 2005, 1 full-time employee, 1 customer
  • September 2008, 24 employees, over 400 customers and 120 contracts
slide12

Our Customers

supports hundreds of libraries around the globe. Our customers include: library consortia, academic and research institutions, public libraries, museum and special libraries, K-12 schools, enterprise corporations and government and non-profit organizations.

consortia using koha
Consortia using Koha
  • Crawford County Federated Library System
    • 9 member libraries; 246,616 items; 518,382 annual circulation
  • Independently Cooperating Ashtabula Network (ICAN)
    • 6 member libraries; 166,597 bibs
  • Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO)
    • 15 member libraries migrating to Koha
  • Central Kansas Library System
    • 31 member libraries
  • Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA)
    • 30 member libraries
  • MassCat
    • 100+ member libraries
  • Northeast Kansas Library System
    • 116 member libraries
what is open source
What is Open Source?

Open source software is software that users have the ability to run, distribute, study and modify for any purpose.

This permits users to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form.

Open source software is often developed over the Internet in a collaborative manner.

what is open source1
What is Open Source?

“55% of US Companies use OSS for Mission Critical applications” -- Forester Research

what is open source2
What is Open Source?

Why So Popular?

why so popular
Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

slide19

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

slide20

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

User-centric Development

slide21

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

User-centric Development

Freedom to Innovate

slide22

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

User-centric Development

Freedom to Innovate

Zero License Fees

slide23

“Software is a service industry operating under the delusion that it is a manufacturing industry”

-- Raymond, Eric,

The Cathedral and the Bazaar

open source in libraries
Open Source in Libraries

Open Source hasn’t been

as widely adopted in libraries as in the business world.

open source in libraries1
Is there support?

Do I have to skimp on features?

Isn’t Open Source risky?

Open Source in Libraries

Common questions libraries have:

open source in libraries2
Open Source in Libraries

Is there support?

  • This is where LibLime comes in.
  • Phone Support
  • Email Support
  • Chat Rooms
  • Instant Messaging
  • Mailing Lists
  • Online Documentation
  • Worldwide User Community
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Open Source in Libraries

Do I have to skimp on features?

  • Open Source developers follow the rule of “Release early and release often”
  • Users vote with their dollars
  • LibLime has a dedicated business analyst and development staff to respond immediately to customer sponsored development projects
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Open Source in Libraries

Isn’t Open Source Risky?

  • Several Levels of Risk to consider:
  • Software security issues
      • Open source is just as secure if not more secure than proprietary systems because of its transparency
  • Company mergers and acquisitions
      • Because you own the code to your system you are not tied to one support source and will never be left without support
slide31

The Koha Project

2003

NPL goes live in 2003 with a bold claim:

“Within the next few years, our web site will offer some of the best online library services available anywhere in the world.”

Stephen Hedges, Director

slide32

The Koha ILS:Continued

  • Fully web-based ILS
  • Offers same features as the proprietary ILS
  • Software available for free
  • Support and customization available at reasonable prices
  • Data is yours!

http://liblime.com

http://koha.org

lets take a look
Lets take a look!
  • http://public.demo.kohalibrary.com/
  • http://public-staff.demo.kohalibrary.com/
thank you
Thank You

Nicole C. Engard,

Open Source Evangelist

nce@liblime.com

http://liblime.com

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