[Koha] Sirsi in NZ!

Lori Ayre loriayre at gmail.com
Wed May 4 06:16:45 NZST 2011

I recommend making sure your library hires a consultant who knows how to navigate procurement waters in an OSS and a proprietary environment. ;)

Seriously, there are only a couple of us  out there and hiring the wrong consultant can kill your OSS options. I've seen it happen many times. 


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On May 3, 2011, at 11:59 AM, Lee Phillips <lphillips at buttepubliclibrary.info> wrote:

> Greetings to all my Koha pals, esp. MJ and Paul!!!
> As a library admin person I had put together the criteria for RFPs for 
> our ILS search. Of course I already knew about Koha and Evergreen, so I 
> could add specifications in the RFP that only FOSS could meet. Is that 
> fair? Yes I believe it is. MJ is right the lack of technical expertise 
> on the part of procurement leads to the path of least resistance for the 
> support staff who prefer someone else to blame when things don't work, 
> instead of learning, contributing and evolving. I think this would be an 
> EXCELLENT topic for a presentation at KohaCon-" How to write a RFP that 
> is vendor/ FOSS neutral". I was able to decide what was best for my 
> library and ask the vendors to meet that expectation. The question that 
> ALWAYS favors FOSS is "Do I control my records and will it cost me to 
> retrieve them if I move to another vendor?" I am unaware of any option 
> other than FOSS that can answer that question in the affirmative.
> As a public librarian it is imperative for me to control the data. Or NO 
> deal.
> And MJ, you are so right about all "free crap" passed out at conferences 
> by vendors"made in China" or a 3rd world country...etc...
> I am most proud of my FOSS stickers on my netbook cover from KohaCon 10. 
> Almost as good as a tattoo!
> Cheers all
> Lee Phillips
> Butte Public Library
> Butte MT
> On 5/3/2011 8:36 AM, MJ Ray wrote:
>> Paul POULAIN wrote:
>>> Le 03/05/2011 12:09, MJ Ray a écrit :
>>>> Did the National Library of NZ use a procurement process?
>>> iirc, Dan Christie, Catalyst director (Chris C. employer) spoke of this
>>> during KohaCon. iirc, he said it was hard to convince OpenSource was a
>>> possibility.
>>> that's all I remember, i've forgotten the details (but i'm not surprised
>>> by this news, it was implied when I heard don speaking of that)
>> Chris Cormack passed me the link
>> http://www.dgmarket.com/tenders/np-notice.do~5329124
>> which doesn't work for me (no cookies until you show me a privacy
>> policy, nasty error page) but might contain information.
>> http://bywatersolutions.com/2010/10/26/kohacon10-promoting-free-softare-in-libraries/
>> is Nicole's blog post about Don's talk but I'm not sure I see
>> the above comments reflected in that.
>> Here's an interesting question from #koha - when should suppliers
>> protest about defective procurement processes?  I think it's best
>> done while the process is still open (so there is still some chance
>> it could be suspended and relaunched) but others said it's better
>> to bid first, complain later.  Any procurement experts here?
>> Thanks,
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