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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.

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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.

News from LibLime: Special Collection Libraries Choose Koha

Joshua writes with this release:

"ATHENS, OH --September 27, 2006-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that three more special library collections have migrated to Koha, the first open-source Integrated Library System. Recent migrations include the Native Village of Afognak Library in Alaska, USA; the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project also in Alaska, USA; and the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, a resource room at the University of Toronto, Canada.

In addition to the commitment and passion they pour into their collections, these libraries have two other things in common: small budgets and large software needs. Koha offers special collection staff and users a feature-rich ILS, a web-based OPAC, and outstanding self-service tools. LibLime gives libraries a refreshing alternative to the proprietary software model, offering turnkey solutions with all the advantages of open source-- including the freedom to customize the look and functionality of their ILS."

For the whole story, and links to the sites involved, see the the whole story at LibLime.

OOo Label Templates 1.0

Free Opendocument (ODF) label templates are available for downloading from Worldlabel.com. Set-up time is quick and designing and printing labels from these templates is easy. The templates include CD, mailing, vhs tape, sizes for book plates and more. The templates will work on Open Source text editors like Openoffice.org Writer and Kword. US letter and European/Asian a4 sizes available.

Please visit: Label Templates to view the complete collection.

Will the defeat of 'Net Neutrality' hurt Open Source?

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* Yes, It will hurt open source\n* No, it will help open source\n* I do not know\n* The big telecom companies will hurt themselves by not understanding the tech\n* \n

PALINET podcast on free software and libraries

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At code4lib 2006 John Iliff of PALINET and I discussed free software in libraries for an audio podcast. I had given a lightning talk on the topic "why libraries should support the Free Software Foundation" the day before, and we touched on many of the same themes in a longer-than-lightning discussion.

Have a listen to the podcast here and please consider supporting the FSF, or any other group contributing to the free and open source software infrastructure.

West Liberty Public Library Migrates to Koha

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WEST LIBERTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, WEST LIBERTY, IA--March 2, 2006--
LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the West Liberty Public Library located in Iowa, USA has migrated to Koha, the first open-source Integrated Library System. This makes West Liberty the second public library system in the US to switch to Koha.

Tim McMahon, Technical Services librarian at West Liberty Public, said "We started looking for a new system when we tried to get our old one online and not only did the project fail, but it caused serious damage to our records. We chose Koha because with open source there is always the possibility someone will add a feature you need or if you have the knowledge, you can add it yourself."

The Koha system is installed on a Linux server and provides West Liberty with web-based access to cataloging, authority control, circulation, acquisitions, and serials control. Patron images are displayed on the circulation page so that circulation staff can easily identify patrons. Online access to the catalog as well as online member services (such as online reserves and renewals) are available through Koha's OPAC module. Enriched catalog records, provided by Amazon.com allow users to view--along with record information--jacket images, book reviews, descriptions, tables of contents and more. The OPAC can be found online at: http://opac.wlpl.org.

"It's been a long wait in the US public library sector for the second Koha migration", explains Joshua Ferraro, President, Technology for LibLime, "but the race was on in 2006". Several other public libraries are expected to migrate later in the first quarter of 2006: the nine libraries in the Crawford County Federated Library System in Pennsylvania and the Stow Monroe Falls Public Library in Ohio.

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. 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 for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

About LibLime

LibLime's mission is to make open-source software accessible to libraries.
To that end, LibLime develops and markets affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS. LibLime also provides full vendor services including: migration assistance, staff training, and sofware maintenance, support, and development.

Press Contact:

Tina Burger
Vice President, Marketing
LibLime
(888)Koha ILS (564-2457)
tnb@liblime.com

Slides from code4lib talk: Open Source in Armenia

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Last week at the code4lib 2006 conference, Tigran Zargaryan of Armenia gave a terrific talk entitled "Practical Aspects of Implementing Open Source in Armenia." Tigran, the conference attendee who travelled the greatest distance to participate, has graciously agreed to let us post slides from his talk here, in ppt and sxi formats.

Thanks, Tigran!

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