Q. What is LibLime Koha?
A. LibLime Koha is the most advanced open development ILS available for download today. LibLime works closely with sponsoring libraries to enhance existing functionality and to develop new features to support the workflows of libraries. LibLime Koha is an ILS created by librarians for librarians. New sponsored development and bug fixes are made available as soon as sponsoring libraries have approved acceptance. LibLime Koha is a completely Web-based ILS -- all staff, users, and system librarians access the software from their browsers.
Q.Who contributes to LibLime Koha?
A. LibLime Koha is used and improved by LibLime customers and LibLime staff. LibLime customers, from a variety of different libraries (public, special, school, consortium, corporate, and seminary), all participate in sponsoring new development. Their ideas for meeting their workflows are innovative and lead directly to new features and functionality in LibLime Koha. These customers work to document their ideas and sponsor their desired development. On occasion LibLime customers work together to develop solutions, by partnering to share development costs.
LibLime staff work alongside LibLime customers to make these ideas a reality. LibLime helps customers through the design, development, alpha and beta testing, and 'go live' release of their features. LibLime remains involved in a maintenance mode to ensure product stability.
LibLime staff have – on average- over 20 years of experience in the ILS industry. These staff members come from varying backgrounds and professional roles; some staff have been reference, cataloging, and systems librarians; others are technical and computer professionals with a passion for libraries and information science. With this release of LibLime Koha – and its unified public git repository, developers and librarians interested in contributing to LibLime Koha are invited to join us in expanding this product. Choose this listserv to engage in the conversation.
Q.Why is there more than one version of Koha?
A. In many open development environments, the door is open for a variety of evolutionary paths. LibLime Koha represents one of those paths, as the LibLime sponsoring customers take the application to new levels of workflow support. The exciting reality of an open development product is that options abound. We hope you will find that LibLime Koha is a functionally-rich option that can be a very cost-effective substitute for your costly, legacy, proprietary ILS.
With LibLime Koha, users get software developed by professionals, working on behalf of LibLime customers. In keeping with open source traditions, all features of LibLime Koha are available for use, modification, and redistribution. LibLime staff and LibLime customers remain informed of enhancements made to other adaptations of this open development application, and LibLime Koha is augmented with these enhancements as deemed necessary by our customers.
Why should a library consider LibLime Koha?
A. Service and functionality. LibLime Koha is developed, implemented, and supported by a LibLime team consisting of professional librarians, ILS system administrators, PMP-certified project managers, documentarians, support technicians, programmers, data specialists, SQL experts, and library trainers.
LibLime makes available to its customers the largest open development ILS support team in the world. This team has attracted hundreds of libraries that form the base for sponsored development. Worldwide, developers are also attracted to working on the LibLime Koha platform, further expanding the experience behind the software, and the number of libraries joining to sponsor future enhancements. As this number of users continues to increase, so does the opportunity for sponsorship, and continued enhancement to the application, thus continually adding more functionality for all users.
Q.What is next for LibLime Koha?
A. LibLime Koha sponsoring customers are currently alpha testing dozens of new features tentatively scheduled for a mid-summer production release. Some of these features include:
• Content and format descriptors as OPAC facets
• Enhance SIP2 for ITG communication to pass messages regarding 'Lost Item' status
• Provide local customization of zebra relevancy rankings
• Expand periodicals subscription permissions
• Locally-controlled expansion of the OPAC search limit to default to local library
• Holds Queue expansion include other item statuses
• Enhanced EDI to include the Baker & Taylor purchasing grid
• Limit item holdings display to just "home" library of the searcher with an option to expand to "All"
Download LibLime Koha today, become a part of this rapidly expanding user base, and help decide what else happens in the future!