CCLSD and an Open Source ILS

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This presentation was given during the February 2009 Coos Library Directors' meeting to convince them to look into adopting an open source integrated library system (ILS) such as Koha or Evergreen. The Coos County Library Service District is located on the southern Oregon coast.

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CCLSD and an Open Source ILS

  1. 1. Coos County Library Service District Coos County, Oregon THE TIME HAS COME CCLSD and an open source ILS Proposed by: Sean Park, Buzzy Nielsen, & Gary Sharp This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United Directors’ Meeting | February 19, 2009 States License (http://www.creativecommons.org)
  2. 2. THE SEASON(S) OF OUR DISCONTENT The odd search results and order
  3. 3. THE SEASON(S) OF OUR DISCONTENT The nonsensical menus and modules
  4. 4. THE SEASON(S) OF OUR DISCONTENT The distinctly unhelpful manual
  5. 5. THE SEASON(S) OF OUR DISCONTENT “Millennium/system “Keyboard doesn’t hesitations since 12/8” respond when trying to key in or update records in Millennium.” “Using Millennium and Word brings PC to its knees” “Millennium freezes” “Cannot print from Millennium” And all of those other sundry problems *Actual problems taken from the Call Tracker
  6. 6. IT’S TIME TO EXPLORE NEW OPTIONS.
  7. 7. Reason #1: FRUSTRATION
  8. 8. Reason #2: TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES
  9. 9. MORE FLEXIBLE OPACS
  10. 10. MORE FLEXIBLE OPACS
  11. 11. LEANER, EASIER STAFF MODULES
  12. 12. LEANER, EASIER STAFF MODULES
  13. 13. Reason #3: COST
  14. 14. NICKEL & DIMING US Ports Self-checks OPAC flexibility Annual maintenance Unhelpful tech support
  15. 15. OPEN SOURCE ALREADY SAVES US $ Email qmail Web design WordPress Online calendar WebCalendar Internet filtering DansGuardian Public computing Ubuntu Instant messaging Pandion Network monitoring Nagios $28,300 plus annual fees
  16. 16. Reason #4: PROVEN TRACK RECORD
  17. 17. ALMOST ALL OF GEORGIA’S DONE IT = PINES libraries = non-PINES libraries Map source: Georgia Public Library Service
  18. 18. SO HAS ATHENS COUNTY, OH
  19. 19. AND MANY MORE
  20. 20. Reason #5: OPPORTUNITY
  21. 21. OREGON’S ALREADY EXPERIMENTING 2009 LSTA grant: The Sage Library System is investigating an open source ILS.
  22. 22. OUR PROPOSAL
  23. 23. APPOINT A COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED COMPOSITION: • Library director: Nadine Goodrich (LAK) • Cataloger: Mary Graham (COQ) • Researcher: Buzzy Nielsen (NON) • Tech expert: Sean Park (ESO) • Frontline staff member: Suzy Piatt (SWO) • ILS expert: Nancy Price (ESO/BAY) • Volunteers
  24. 24. COMMITTEE INVESTIGATES OPTIONS TOPICS OF INVESTIGATION: • Options for systems • Other libraries’ experiences • Cost implications • Technical implications • Migration needs • Possibility of neighboring counties joining system
  25. 25. REPORT BACK TO DIRECTORS/SYSTEM REPORT DETAILS • Contents: Should address all previously listed topics • Recommendation: Should recommend whether/which to adopt. • Funding sources: Should preliminarily identify grants and other funds • Deadline: July 2009 Directors’ meeting
  26. 26. “'Free software' is a matter of you should think To understand the concept, liberty, not price. of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer.'” Source: Richard Stallman, “The Free Software Definition” (GNU Project)
  27. 27. QUESTIONS?

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