The MMIT conference has come round again and this time we are ‘Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud’.
Take a first peak at the programme for the day with further details to follow…
MmIT Conference, University of Sheffield, 5th April 2013
9:30 – Registration and morning coffee
10:00 – Introduction and welcome – Chris Sexton, University of Sheffield, Leo Appleton, MmIT
10:15 -11:00 – Keynote presentation by Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services “Searching in the cloud”
11:00 -11.50 – Parallel workshops sessions 1
* Andy Tattersall & Claire Beecroft (University of Sheffield) “Cloudme – Being an Effective LIS Professional without Touching Terra Firma”
* Gurdish Sandhu and Adjoa Boateng (University of East London) “The UEL Library: entering the cloud”
* Lise Robinson (OCLC) “Something good is going to happen” : an overview of developing a cloud based solution
* Emily Goodhand (University of Reading) “Cloud(y) Law: unpacking the issues for library & information professionals”
11.50 – 12.10 – Break
12.10-13:00 – Parallel workshops sessions 2
* Axiell Workshop
* Andrew Cox (university of Sheffield) “Research data management – what is the library’s role?”
* Paul Walk (UKOLN) “Bring your own Cloud”
13.00 – 13:45 – Lunch
13:45 – 14:30 – Rapid fire sessions
14.30 – 15:20 – Parallel workshops sessions 3
* Dave Parkes (University of Staffordshire “Implementing the Koha Library Management System”
* Anthony Beal (JISC) “Collaborating to create ebooks in the cloud: media rich resources for teaching, learning and assessment”
* Bethan Ruddock (MIMAS) “Opening up – bibliographic data-sharing and interoperability”
15:20 – 16:00 – Panel Q&A – Dave Parkes, Anthony Beal, Bethan Ruddock, Karen Blakeman, Paul Walk
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Koha is an increasingly popular open source Library Management System (or Integrated Library System if you prefer) and KohaCon 12 was held at the University of Edinburgh from the 05 – 07 June, with an additional 2 day hackfest immediately following. This was a great event, jam-packed with information for both seasoned Koha users and those just testing the open source waters and with delegates from all over the world.
The event opened with Paul Poulain (release manager for Koha 3.8.) talking us through all the new features available in the latest version. This is a major release and includes such shiny new functionality as a new staff interface, improved acquisitions and faster processing.
Nason Bimbe from the British Library for Development Studies talked about their experience in moving a specialist library to Koha from a bespoke system.
Next up (after Elevenses, of course) was Chris Cormack, one of the original Koha developers and most active contributors. Chris talked about the various support mechanisms in place within the Koha community to cultivate an active and diverse community with a low barrier to entry for participation. This is a very newbie-friendly community and help is always available for those interested in getting involved.
Fittingly, next up Paul Poulain gave a demonstration of sandboxes. Sandboxes provide a way for users to get involved in the development process by removing some of the cumbersome technical barriers. There’s more information about the sandboxes on the Koha wiki.
Robin Sheat, who has managed quite a few migrations as a developer at Catalyst IT, lead a discussion on best practices for migrating an existing LMS to Koha and some of the gotchas to watch out for.
Nicole Engard talked gave a big-picture overview of the benefits and barriers to open source, drawn from her experience running training sessions on Koha and FOSS. This gave a nice segue into the panel discussion which covered some of the various ways migration is handled and how the Koha community addresses the barriers to both open source adoption and community participation.
Day two of the conference kicked off with Dianna Roberts from Opus International talking about how they use Koha in a multi-national special library context. Joy Nelson then gave another perspective on migrating a library to Koha from a proprietary LMS. Rafael Antonio followed this by talking about Koha in Portugal and how this fits with the a broader shift towards shared library resources.
Paul Poulain spoke about BibLibre’s experiences of using Mirabel, France’s shared database of journals, reviews and serials, with Koha. Afterwards, Joy Nelson gave another perspective on Koha migrations, focusing on specific migration heuristics
Next it was Marijana Glavica and Dobrica Pavlinušić from Croatia who have developed a way to import approximately 6000 scans of book covers (and the associated metadata) into Koha using their own ‘scrape-cataloguing’ technique.
Nicole Engard spoke about training users new to the Koha software. If you are using or interested in using Koha, it’s worth checking out Nicole’s videos on the ByWater Solutions blog: http://bywatersolutions.com/section/tutorial-videos/
Jane Wagner (Liblime/PTFS), presenting remotely, talking about how to troubleshoot Koha user support and Bob Birchall from Calyx in Australia discussed the importance of governance in ensuring the long-term survival of an open source project. This includes ensuring the software is shared under a suitable licence and that the intellectual property is protected in a sustainable way.
The final presentation of the second day was Adrien Saurat (BibLibre) talking about styling the Koha OPAC, using the SciencesPo Grenoble catalogue as an example.
I wasn’t able to say for the final day of the main conference and so missed some great presentations, including MJ Ray (software.coop and one of the organisers of the conference) talking about the future of Koha and demoes of various new developments, such as SRU, Solr, using a Drupal front-end and the off-line circulation module.
You can find out more about the outcomes from the hackfest on the koha wiki at: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Kohacon12Hackfest or check out the scoreboard to see how many kittens were saved through collaborative bug squashing.
Links for presentations will be added as they become available.
The slides from Marshall Breeding’s MMIT 2012 conference presentation, Paradigm Shift: A Slate of New Automation Platforms address Current and Future Library Realities (ppt), are now available.
Marshall Breeding is the Director for Innovative Technology and Research @ Vanderbilt University and Editor of Library Technology Guides.
The operations of libraries focus on ever increasing proportions of electronic and digital content relative to print materials. The structure of the legacy library management systems that dominated the last three or more decades of library automation was rooted in print, though some products have evolved better than others to accommodate modern content formats. The established worldview that libraries can rely on one set of automation tools for print and another set for managing digital collections and electronic subscriptions is in danger of collapse in favour of library services platforms that aim toward a more unified approach to resource management. The economic realities that libraries face today demand that they operate in the most efficient ways possible, with workflows that accommodate current needs and not built around assumptions of a past print-centric age. Breeding will provide an overview of the new library automation products now emerging and how they differ amongst themselves and from traditional library management systems. He will also provide information on the development progress of each of these new products and trends relative to their adoption in libraries and forecast their longer term impact on the library automation industry.
A new major release of the Koha open source library management system is now available. Koha 3.4.0 includes some pretty major changes to the underlying architecture with a shift to Template::Toolkit for templating and a range of new features — including some pretty exciting updates for the OPAC. You can read more about this version on the release page and in the latest issue of the Koha newsletter.
A new version of the VuFind library resource portal, is now available. This latest release comes with improved support for non-MARC metadata, autosuggesters, snippets, keyword highlighting, expanded OAI-PMH and RSS output, book previews through Google Books/OpenLibrary/Hathi Trust, more powerful favorite list management and a bunch of other new features and improvements.
For more information about this latest release and future development plans, check out the VuFind roadmap.
The latest issue of Library Technology Reports looks at Web Scale Discovery services and there’s an interview with the author, Jason Vaughan, on the ALAtechsource.org blog. Together these provide a pretty decent overview of the current status of web scale delivery systems and why these might just be the library systems of the future.
For now though, there’s still a lot being said about next-generation catalogues. In the latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries, the University of Illinois looks at the Usability of the VuFind Next-Generation Online Catalog, while Library Resources & Technical Services includes a case study looking at Creating an Un-Library Catalog using a lightweight content management system.
KohaCon10, marking the 10th anniversary of the Koha Library Management System, kicked off today in Wellington (give or take a pretty big time difference). There will be 3 days of conference followed by a three-day developer hackfest. They’ve also planned a trip to Levin in the Horowhenua, birthplace of Koha. All in all, it runs from 25 October to 1 November.
Coinciding with this nicely is the release of Koha 3.2.0, the latest major release of the Koha software. You can read all about the latest features and enhancements on the announcement page.
The latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries (available via CILIP Proquest subscription) includes a comparative study of the OPACs of Koha, Evergreen, and Voyager which takes an interesting look at what a next-generation library catalogue might light look like and how it compares with what’s currently on offer.
While I didn’t agree with all of their findings (and I’m not the only one: this response from Dan Scott, an Evergreen developer is also well worth a read), I found it an interesting take on what features are considered central to a ‘next-generation’ OPAC.
It’s also a useful comparison of Koha and Evergreen, the two most popular open-source library systems. While Koha use continues to grow in the UK, Evergreen hasn’t had the same impact. From both the article and Dan Scott’s response, this doesn’t seem to be due to lack of available features.
The ossviab project is taking a closer look at the suitability of Evergreen for the UK HE market. The decision to use Evergreen for this project was largely based on its use in large consortia environments and I can’t help but feel that Evergreen’s association with large academic consortia (namely Georgia PINES) is one of the reasons it hasn’t been adopted as widely for non-consortium libraries. It certainly *seems* scalable enough for smaller libraries.
Anyway, time (and the outcomes of the ossviab project ) will tell but I’d be interest to hear if any libraries going the open source route have looked closely at Evergreen and what they’ve found.
The 2nd Koha Open day, held at the King’s Fund on Friday was a great mix of those already using the Koha Library Management System and those just dipping toes into the open source water. It was ratifying to see such an enthusiastic group from a bunch of different libraries.
Both the Kings Fund and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service (CAMLIS) gave presentations covering their experiences in selecting Koha (Gerhard Bissels - CAMLIS), migrating from another LMS (Matthew Hale – King’s Fund), improving the acquisitions module, (Andrea Chandler – CAMLIS), cataloguing (Julia Florin – King’s Fund) and customising the OPAC (Meghan Jones- King’s Fund).
Afterwards, everyone got a chance to try things out on a live installation and see the administrator interface up close.
While Koha has a healthy community around it and technical help is usually just an email away, there’s no substitute for a chance to try out a live system and talk to people who are already set-up either with in-house support or working with local suppliers.
Open Source is becoming more and more of a viable choice for libraries looking for a more flexible solution and events like this are contributing greatly by increasing people’s awareness of and confidence in open source systems.
Multimedia Information & Technology vol 36 no 3 is now available featuring a new landscape layout and we would welcome feedback on the new design. Our cover photograph shows the new ‘totem pole’ at John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, which references the library’s collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives.
MMIT Group members and subscribers can view the journal online at http://cilipjournals.org.uk/mmit
We have been able to keep to the new 36-page length and this issue carries a special focus on public libraries covering use of wireless; the London Libraries Consortium; and local studies and social media at Solihull. Other features include archiving at the Aston Martin Heritage Trust; QR codes in higher education; Royal Horticultural Society’s online image library; improving access to cultural content through a knowledge transfer partnership between Bridgeman Art Library and the London College of Communication.
Kate Lomax’s ‘Best of the Blog’ covers the future of the library profession, Google Wave, and web video developments.
Reviews feature Kevin Curran on Library Mashups; Christine Urquhart on Envisioning future academic library services; Andy Tattersall finds out why Information is Beautiful; Michael Upshall explores Content Licensing; and Ken Cheetham reports on his product review of Xtreme web Designer 5.
The news section covers the MMIT Group survey; interactive whiteboards to bring Shakespeare’s plays to life using Manga; collaboration on bibliometrics; new Bamboo notebooks; free multi-language keyboard; a new version of Animate Pro; the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia joining Credo; and voice control software for graphic design applications.
Kevin Curran’s technology roundup is wide ranging, covering items from use of photos to promote library events to mobile devices in a library context.
The November issue will include a special focus on academic libraries, contact the editor to offer news or feature ideas.
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