Friday, October 23, 2009

Open Source -- Growing Interest among CT Libraries

This morning I attended the University of Hartford's presentation on their July 14th migration to LibLime's Enterprise Koha. Ben Ide, Tech Services Librarian for their library, explained why they made the move to open source and how their migration went - what went well, what didn't, and what still needs to happen to make Koha function well for them. (They're still waiting on course reserves, the importing of authorities, the acquisitions module called GetIt, browsing, and music searches so that their music librarians are able to pull up all records in their collection related to their search.) The University of Hartford had partnered with WALDO so that they could pool their financial and staff resources in a cooperative arrangement that will help them finance further software enhancements.

There were a number of librarians from stand-alone systems at this University of Hartford presentation. When I explained to the group Bibliomation's plans to migrate to Evergreen within the next two years and that we'd be open to hosting other libraries on our servers, this seemed to pique the interest of at least a few members of the group. Nate Curulla, Director of Marketing for the open source support vendor, ByWater Solutions, was there to answer anyone's questions about the kind of training and support models they can provide interested libraries. Chris Bradley, from the CT Library Consortium, was also there; she would like to explore some kind of an open source support partnership with Bibliomation somewhere down the road.

We are living in interesting times!

Amy Terlaga
Assistant Director, User Services


Claudia said...

Good for you. Will be interesting to see if we get some takers for our move to Evergreen.

Ben Ide said...

Thanks. It was a good presentation because the audience was so receptive to this new way of doing things. And it was great to have you there!