In early 2002, we undertook a new project. The goal? Implement a complete library automation system using only open source software. We focused our attention on the most mature and fully-featured system available at the time, Koha. Back then, Koha was still in version 1 and used in only a few libraries around the world. No public library in the United States used Koha or any open-source ILS. After extensive testing and development, we began using Koha in the fall of 2003, and we haven’t looked back.
ACPL has been closely involved with the development of Koha from the very beginning of its investigations of the open-source ILS. The library has funded development, contributed code, hosted Koha informational meetings, and promoted Koha at regional library conferences. The library now contracts with ByWater Solutions for Koha support, and our staff works closely with them to further Koha’s development.
To date the Athens County Public Libraries have contributed over 3000 code changes to Koha.