[Koha] So, what does this mean for the OS ILS community?

Cab Vinton bibliwho at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 23:47:18 NZST 2009

Any relevance to the current discussion about a Koha Foundation?

IMLS National Leadership Grants just announced @


*King County Library System - Issaquah, WA*
Award Amount: $998,556; Matching Amount: $1,014,400
Grant Category: Demonstration

Contact: Mr. Jed Moffitt
Director of Information Technology Services
(425)369-3433; jmoffitt at kcls.org

Project Title: "Empowered by Open Source"
The Open Source Library System (OSLS) and the open source model provide an
alternative to the current proprietary integrated library system (ILS)
software business model used by most public libraries. An OSLS empowers
libraries to actively engage in the design and optimization of their own
system software. The OSLS business model spreads the development work across
a wide range of contributors, extends the potential pool of service
providers, and empowers libraries to optimize service to their customers.
King County Library System (KCLS), a nationally recognized leader in public
library service and technology, will partner with Peninsula Library System
(San Mateo, California), Orange County Library System (Orlando, Florida),
and Ann Arbor (Michigan) District Library to create and develop the critical
infrastructure components that have traditionally been provided by ILS
vendors and will establish a peer-to-peer support model for open source
libraries. The project will stimulate a growing community of libraries
moving to an OSLS that will benefit from and contribute to software
applications as well as the support infrastructure.

Cab Vinton, Director
Sanbornton Public Library
Sanbornton, NH
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