Showing posts with label ILS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ILS. Show all posts

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Open-source Automated Library System Article

OPALS, the Open-source Automated Library System, is another option when considering Koha and Evergreen. A newspaper wrote OPALS expands research possibilities for John Abbott College students.
It’s quick, efficient and cheap. The system, which received tops honours from Perceptions 2012: An International Survey of Library Automation, was developed by the Pointe-Claire-based company Bibliofiche 11 years ago and has been reinvented three times since then in response to changing technology and client requests.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Future of Library Systems

The latest issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) from NISO covers the Future of Library Systems. Some articles inlcude:
  • The Future of Library Systems: Library Services Platforms by Carl Grant
  • Alma at Purdue: The Development Partnership Experience by Paul J. Bracke
  • OCLC’s WorldShare Management: Early adopter experience at a small liberal arts institution by Gentry Holbert
  • The Orange County Library System Environment: Connecting Sierra with Custom Applications by William Eric Atkinson
  • Kuali OLE: A Community Collaboration in Software for and by Libraries by Michael Winkler and Robert H. McDonald

Friday, September 14, 2012


Are there any planetary science libraries or libraries in the Houston/Galveston area using EOS? If so, would you like to participate in Cross Library Search with the Lunar and Planetary Institute? Just let me know. Thanks.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another OS ILS

Project Next-L, the librarian community in Japan has announced the release of the open-source integrated library system, Next-L Enju Leaf 1.0.0.

Next-L Enju Leaf is a full-featured ILS built on Ruby on Rails 3.1, Apache Solr and their RESTful architecture. A live demo site is available.

Next-L Enju has been adopted by some libraries in Japan, for example, National Diet Library and National Institute for Materials Science.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Texas Library Association Annual Conference

I'm going to TLA this year. I'll be there for the preconference on RDA through the end. While there I'll be looking over ILSs, the Lunar and Planetary Institute is looking for a hosted option. If you are a vendor showing a SaaS ILS let me know your booth number.

Friday, April 30, 2010

ILS Inventory

ILS Inventory has just been released. It will take some work to get it going at your institution. "This project is meant to be more or less self-serve; i.e. it will probably almost work for you out of the box, but will need some hacking."
We have just released a PHP/symfony application for processing the inventory of ILS item, under the new BSD license. This is great for those of us with an ILS that can do data export, but lacks an inventory module. Code is included for importing items from III export files, as well as checking LC shelf-order.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Koha ILS Newsletter

Today marks the first official release of the Koha ILS Newsletter. The newsletter will be released on the 15th of each month and available at while the community awaits decisions related to the domain and foundation forming.

The table of contents for this inaugural issue is as follows:


News from Koha LibrariesTips & TricksReprinted from LISNews

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bibliocommons and Social

One idea struck me as I listened to the latest Library 2.0 Gang podcast. Beth Jefferson from Bibliocommons said she doesn't refer to their product as a social ILS. Amazon is not called a social book seller, they have lots of social content and tools, but that is just the way the Web works now. They are just a book seller and Bibliocommons is just an ILS. Lots of other good stuff in the discussion, but that one idea struck me and stayed with me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Open Library Environment Project Report

News from the Open Library Environment Project.
The Open Library Environment (OLE) Project has posted a draft of its final report. We are excited to offer this report publicly to the community and welcomes comment. As a community-source project, your input is vital to the future and success of the OLE Project. You can access the report at this address:

About the Open Library Environment Project:
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a multinational group of libraries is developing the design for an Open Library Environment (OLE), an alternative to the current model of an Integrated Library System. The goal is to produce a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

LJ Webcast on the ILS

A free webcast, Consider the Source: The Integrated Library System Marketplace
When it comes to selecting an Integrated Library System (ILS), there are many factors to be considered with respect to both commercial and open source solutions. Customer support, third party integration, consortia concerns, underlying platform, and institutional stability are key parts of the equation. More than ever, libraries must consider the source of the software applications that keep all library resources accessible, manageable, and affordable, with the ILS at the center of its operations.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Koha User Group Meeting

On April 16-17th there will be a Koha innovations and sharing group in Plano Texas (suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth). The 2 day workshop would have lab access and presentation space. There would be a charge to cover lunch both days and other expenses. Any leftover money would be given to the KUDOS users group as seed money. Anticipated cost $100.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Open Library Environment (OLE) Project

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced that it is participating in the Open Library Environment Project.
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project will convene the academic library community in the design of an Open Library Management System built on Service Oriented Architecture. The project leaders are a multi-national group of libraries dedicated to thinking beyond the current model of an Integrated Library System and to designing a new system that is flexible, customizable and able to meet the changing and complex needs of modern, dynamic academic libraries. The end product will be a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Koha 3.0

The Koha folks have announced that a packaged release of Koha 3.00.00 is now available. It can be download from the usual location:

The 3.0 manual is available and will continually be updated.

Friday, April 11, 2008

VALE OLS Materials

Video streaming, audio podcasts and PowerPoint presentations from the VALE's Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium OLS (Open Library System) are now available on the VALE website.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Koha and Google

Exciting news from LibLime, the Koha support company.
I’m excited to announce that LibLime has been selected as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.
Some of the area suggested are:
  • Creation of CDS/ISIS Migration to Koha Toolkit
  • Improve Kartouche for Koha Translation Manager
  • Improve Koha Unicode Support
  • Improve Koha Worldmap
  • Improve Koha Documentation/Online Help
  • Improve Koha Cataloging Interface
  • Improve Koha Report Wizard
  • Tool to build 'map' of shelves
  • OpenShareTags

Monday, January 22, 2007

Koha in the Classroom

LibLime is providing supported hosted Koha software to LIS programs. Now the students can get in there and see how searches change if 505t is added to the title index. What is the effect of indexing series fields in title searches? This kind of hands on experience is invaluable.

They can get the MIT catalog to use as a catalog, just have to convert the MARCXML to MARC. Then convert the MARCXML version of the LC authority files, to have a nice test environment.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Call to Koha Users

LibLime, the support company for Koha, posted this announcement:
The Koha project is working to improve Koha's visibility by adding Koha users to an important automation list. This list is maintained by Marshall Breeding (U.S. researcher), and tracks libraries worldwide and what ILS they are using. Marshall puts out a library technology guide every year (this year's is upcoming) which is very influential in helping libraries select an automation system.

Traditionally, Koha has not been included in his guide, and we are trying to change that this year :) In fact, Marshall has specifically invited Koha users to include themselves in the guide, to ensure open-source automation gets the recognition it deserves. We've been encouraging Koha users to add information about themselves to the site, and adding libraries ourselves as we come across them.

If your library is using Koha, make sure you are counted! To make sure your library has already been added to Marshall Breeding's list, you can do a search for your library.

If your library is not listed, you can add yourself.

You'll need to add your library by the end of the month to be counted for this year's guide.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Koha Zoom

This announcement from LibLime, the support company for the open-source Koha library system.
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.


And what makes Koha ZOOM so great? "After extensive usability testing, we realized that what patrons and staff really wanted was search behavior and interface that behaves like the successful commercial sites such as and Google," says LibLime's President, Technology and Koha Release Manager Joshua Ferraro. "In short, staff and patrons need an intuitive search that can practically read minds. A tall order, but that's exactly what we ended up accomplishing". As one NPL staffer put it: "This Koha upgrade is top-notch. I don't think I've ever had an easier time searching for items for our patrons."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Koha 2.2.6

Koha 2.2.6 has been released and is available.

Koha is the first Open-Source Integrated Library System.

Koha is a full-featured open-source ILS. Developed initially in New Zealand by Katipo Communications Ltd and first deployed in January of 2000 for Horowhenua Library Trust, it is currently maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff from around the globe.

Koha 2.2.6 is more than 250,000 lines of code, contributed by about 50 different developers (46, +translators).

The 2.2.6 version of Koha is a mature product, with a lot of nice features.

More than 100 libraries are registered as users, and we are sure that at least 300 libraries use the software. There are 2 projects derived from Koha.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


West Liberty Public Library located in Iowa has become the second public library in the U.S. to select the open-source library system, Koha. The OPAC can be viewed here.