New Zealand’s Catalyst IT provides open source system for uni library – Services – Software


Kiwi open-source cloud solutions provider Catalyst IT has completed the deployment of the Koha Library Management System for Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The Linux-based system is one of the most widely used open-source library management systems in the world, and it was first developed in New Zealand.

“Koha is open source software that connects us to an international community of more than 15,000 libraries working collaboratively to continually improve it,” said AUT Director of Research and Learning Ben Conyers, in August, at the start of the project.

“It’s great that the best system for AUT was first developed in New Zealand, and at Catalyst we have a New Zealand-based company to implement and support it. Our collective team is eager to embrace the ways in which we can approach the project and ongoing support of the system in a te ao Māori way, which we have not had the opportunity to explore before.

The project began with two in-person workshops between Catalyst and AUT. After an interruption due to the confinements, the rest of the project was delivered remotely.

It was delivered by Catalyst’s Koha team and included server installation and configuration, data migration, development, training and consulting, according to a statement.

The solution also integrates with AUT’s other internal systems, including the online catalog, self-checking machines, automated processing of new users, and the university’s online application and portal.

Catalyst’s statement adds that this is the first project the Koha team is actively aiming to carry out in a tea ao Maori manner, working with the AUT Library’s Maori Engagement Group to align values.

“Working with the AUT team has been a highlight of our year. The library has been working for years to increase its use of open source systems, and it’s great to be invited to participate in its work program “said Catalyst Koha’s service manager. Catherine Tiree.

“It looks like we will continue to learn a lot from each other and hopefully encourage more libraries to own their future technology solutions, while maintaining their system data and support at Aotearoa.”

AUT Project Manager Craig Murdoch said of this project, “We view the Catalyst team as partners rather than vendors, and their commitment, skill and authentic approach made our implementation a real pleasure.

“We are confident that using Koha will bring significant benefits in terms of capacity building, staff satisfaction and gaining the flexibility to control our own destiny. The future is exciting and we would love to see more New Zealand libraries join us in the Koha journey.”

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