ILS

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.

OpenBiblio express cataloging - circulation 300% up

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OpenBiblio with Z39.50 MARC Lookup add-on provided our high school library with express cataloging. In just a few weeks we updated our main collection and circulation increased more than 300%.

In a testimonial (pdf), Mediatheek Marcanti College explains key role of open source ILS OpenBiblio with Z39.50 MARC Lookup add-on.

Supplement with our best practices included:

  • Questions you have to ask yourself before starting
  • How to save time in ordering and preparation for circulation
  • How to save time in cataloging

OpenBiblio 0.5.1 is still beta software.
Check the Roadmap (currently semi-official).
Platform requirements: PHP (YAZ enabled for Lookup add-on), MySQL.

OpenBiblio Release files contain not just scripts needed for using but also:

  • Install script
  • Detail instructions on installing and requirements

PhpMyLibrary-2.2.1-3

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Download it at PhpMyLibrary Official Website

http://www.phpmylibrary.org

Or at PhpMyLibrary Sourceforge Project Site

http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpmylibrary/

Or At Mirror Sites

Sourceforge PhpMyLibrary Download Mirror

Serials class has been done and workable. The permissions or
librarian management functionalities has also been done. The
settings class is created also making the conf.php obsolete.
The installer functionalities has been updated.

Done:

1. Serials Management
2. Admins/Permissions/Librarians Management
3. Settings Management
4. New Web-based Installer
5. Library settings conf.php removed. Replaced
with db-based configs.

Goal:

1. Recode USMARC/Patron Import/Export Function
2. Modify DB not to store MARC but only tags and values
3. Create Inventory Management
4. Create Reports Management
5. Modify catalog db to store array-based (serialized) values.

Changelog:

View Changelog

Thank you.

Polerio T. Babao III
Core Developer - PhpMyLibrary

PhpMyLibrary-2.2.1-2

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Download it at PhpMyLibrary Official Website

http://www.phpmylibrary.org

Or at PhpMyLibrary Sourceforge Project Site

http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpmylibrary/

Or At Mirror Sites

Sourceforge PhpMyLibrary Download Mirror

This version has been released for community evaluation and further testing. The remaining task to be done are listed in Goal section. Though this version is still undergoing further enhancement, the codebase is workable. The librarian can already make use of this versions' Holdings Management, Patron Management, and Circulation Management.

Done:

1. Holdings Management
2. Patron Management
3. Circulation Management

Goal:

1. Recode USMARC/Patron Import/Export Function
2. Modify DB not to store MARC but only tags and values
3. Create Admins Management
4. Create Settings Management
5. Create Inventory Management
6. Create Serials Management
7. Create Reports Management

Thank you.

Polerio T. Babao III
Core Developer - PhpMyLibrary

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

Evergreen Circulation Demo Released

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Josh writes: "The Evergreen software development team has spent the past couple of days attending the PINES Annual Membership meeting and demonstrating the progress we�ve made so far with Evergreen. We are now ready to release the circulation demo to everyone, and installation instructions for accessing the software."

Koha-2.2.2

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Joshua writes: "The new version of Koha (2.2.2) is available for download. Koha was the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). Developed initialy in New Zealand, in January of 2000, it is currently maintained by a team of volunteers from around the globe. Koha includes a full catalog, opac, circulation and acquisitions system. Koha 2.2 is more than 247,000 lines of code, developed by more than 30 developers (excluding translators). With the 2.2 version, Koha is now a mature product, with a lot of nice features. It's used in more than 50 libraries including academic, public, school, and religious, and has demonstrated good scalability (from 1 to 8 branches, and from 1,000 to 300,000 items). For more details on Koha 2.2.2 read the Release Notes."

OpenBiblio-0.5.1

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Peter writes: "OpenBiblio is an easy to use, open source, automated library system written in PHP containing OPAC, circulation, cataloging, and staff administration functionality. The purpose of this project is to provide a cost effective library automation solution for private collections, clubs, churches, schools, or public libraries. Version 0.5.1 has just been released. Predominately a bugfix release, addressing a number of security, compatibility, and i18n problems. Minor feature enhancements have been added including: enhanced reporting functionality w/CSV output and links for biblios and members in HTML report results; 'New Like' functionality, giving the user the ability to create a biblio record based on existing an existing record.
View the release notes for more info, or download the release here.
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Evergreen ILS pre-alpha

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Kyle writes: "The Georgia Public Library service is ahead of schedule on development of the Evergreen ILS and in January released pre-alpha source code that can be downloaded from their cvs site. They have also set up a public demo site. For further information, read the Evergreen blog."

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