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A lightning round version of the history of Koha - through the eyes of one person. Historical accuracy may need to be taken with a grain of salt. Oh, and future projections are also included....

A lightning round version of the history of Koha - through the eyes of one person. Historical accuracy may need to be taken with a grain of salt. Oh, and future projections are also included....

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  • 1. The ladies that changed the world.Kudos11 // Lightning Round // Lori Ayre // galecia.com
  • 2. One upon a time in 1999, at a smallish New Zealand library
  • 3. two risk-tolerant librarians named Rosalie Blake and Joann Ransom
  • 4. hired a clever fellow name Chris Cormack
  • 5. to build a new library system that wouldn’t blow up on January 1, 2000
  • 6. Chris and his company, Katipo Communications, faced a very shortdeadline. There were only a few months of 1999 left.
  • 7. They tapped out code until their fingers bled.
  • 8. And, they prevailed.Koha was launched in time for the new millennium.
  • 9. No deaths were reported.
  • 10. And, instead of keeping all of that bloody code to themselves….
  • 11. Chris and Joann (and the gang) gave the gift of “Koha” to the world.
  • 12. They released it as open source under the GPL license.It became the first open source ILS on Earth.Soon, many Earthlings were using and developing Koha.
  • 13. Eventually another group of clever fellows in the USA decided to try theirhands at developing another open source ILS.Even though they were unable to come up with an equally clever namefor their product, they did succeed in making an equally clever product.
  • 14. The proprietary vendors discounted the cute little efforts of the clever, butyouthful, developers.They were sure it wouldn’t catch on.Afterall, they had loyal and happy customers.
  • 15. But alas, the proprietary vendors soon discovered that some of theircustomers were not as loyal as they thought.So, they spread fear, uncertainty and doubt to sow fear into the hearts oftheir customers.
  • 16. But the librarians were braver than expected.And soon, many libraries began using Koha and Evergreen.Even the stuffiest of vendors realized something needed to be done tostem the tide.
  • 17. So they scrambled to make up new products with natural soundingnames like Sierra and they used the word open as many times aspossible in their marketing literature.But the clever librarians were not fooled by these tricks because theynow knew that while“open” is good“open source” is even better.
  • 18. Libraries began flexing their software development muscles and weresoon adding features fast and furious.
  • 19. Customers’ needs were being satisfied almost before they could escapetheir lips.
  • 20. Staff workflows worked like buttah.
  • 21. Eventually, the word “vendor” was deprecated.VENDOR
  • 22. And every library school’s core curriculum included Open SourceTechnology.Libraries became key components of every community.
  • 23. There was something for EVERYONE!
  • 24. And library funding was never a problem again.
  • 25. The Earthlings became smarter and smarter because everyone usedtheir library’s resources.
  • 26. And with their newfound knowledge, they were able to solve all theproblems of the world including: Global warming Hunger Poverty Just Plain Meanness &
  • 27. DRM.yay.
  • 28. Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Rosalie and Joann.
  • 29. Moral of the story: No one knows what a difference they’ll makeunless they try.