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[Koha-translate] Koha Press Release

From: Pat Eyler
Subject: [Koha-translate] Koha Press Release
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 10:41:59 -0400 (EDT)

Nelsonville Public Library Chooses Open Source

Aug 26, 2002

The Nelsonville Public Library will migrate its existing server
to the open source Koha library system and will contribute to the further 
development of the Koha project.

Nelsonville, OH, Aug 26, 2002 --

"We're going to move our library services onto Open Source platforms,
culminating with the conversion of our existing server system to Koha." says 
Stephen Hedges of the Nelsonville Public Library (NPL).
"We want to use the Internet to offer some cutting edge information
services to our library patrons, but we realized that this would
require us to have control of our automation and database software.
We needed the freedom to change things, to change the code if
necessary, because the types of things we want to do are not going to
appear in commercial library software for years."

Koha, being open source, provided the access that NPL required and
the level of stability and functionality that they needed.  NPL has
committed to help support the development of Koha by funding some of
the work on three specific projects.  This support is seen as a wise
investment, NPL expects to save as much money per year as they
initially invest in Koha.  More importantly, they will be able to
offer what they consider to be "the best online services available
anywhere in the world."

"NPL's involvement is a real validation of our model."  says Pat
Eyler, Kaitiaki (manager) of the Koha project.  "We've got a solid
base system.  As people want to add onto it, they can make a small
investment to fund the work (far less than they would for a
comparable closed source solution) and everyone will benefit.  I hope
that we'll see other libraries pitching in too."

About the Nelsonville Public Library:

  NPL provides services to approximately 36,000 active borrowers
  through seven branches.  Their collection includes over 250,000
  items.  For more information about the NPL, please see

About Koha:

  The Koha project started in 1999 in New Zealand when the Horowhenua
  Library Trust commissioned Katipo Communications to write a new
  library system for them.  The system went live in 2000, and was
  released as Free Software during that year.  Since then it has been
  installed in numerous libraries and has sprouted an active developer
  community that encompasses more than nine countries on four
  continents.  For more information about Koha, please see
  www.koha.org or www.katipo.co.nz

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