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I haven’t downloaded Koha yet, as my fiancĂ©e and I have traded paiuters for the afternoon. (I am not sure I understand why, but she is doing her job on mine, and I am importing CDs onto hers.)

Here is an example of Koha in action (Athens County Public Library).

What is that action you ask? 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.” (per their website)

Meaning: anyone can use it; anyone can contribute to it; and it is free.

I love open-source software, as I think that it employs Starfish organizing to its fullest. Basically, it is user-driven and collaborative rather than top-down and authority-powered. And, with the input of many, it is more likely to be intuitive.

Further, because it is free, it is a great resource for smaller libraries.

I want to play with it, and I am not sure yet what I want to do. I am envisioning some kind of project, but the only thing that comes to mind is an insane catalog of my books, CDs, etc. But there must be something more Grand I could do with this!

*An ILS is like Innovative Interfaces or SirsiDynix, an Integrated Library System, which basically means that the cataloging is connected to the circulation and the billing is connected to the patron load &c. It’s a platform that houses and connects all the different modules a library needs.