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Archive for November, 2007

Do you know what they know about you?

Posted by Nathaniel on November 24, 2007

“The average economically active individual in the developed world is on about 700 databases,” said Niamh Gallagher, a researcher at think tank Demos who has spent six months researching the spread of personal data.


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Koha Evaluation – Conclusion

Posted by Nathaniel on November 7, 2007

After reviewing the features and issues in the potential implementation of Koha, its adoption by the five libraries would be favourable. It presents all of the features they would require to maintain shared resources for all potential users across the country. It also meets six important criteria in accordance with Boss’ evaluation. The amalgam also has experienced IT staff to establish and maintain the catalogue – this, together with a number of dedicated volunteers to help migrate the records. This would take a fair amount of coordination between the library and IT staff of the five ASOs, but that would likely be the case regardless of the solution.

That said, a new system for such an important program should not be implemented without some amount of caution. It would be advisable to set up a pilot program in which the resources of two libraries be migrated into Koha for a period of three months, while the libraries maintain their in-house catalogues. This would allow staff to grow accustomed to the program (so they can educate their colleagues later), and technical difficulties to be worked through. If successful, libraries could be added incrementally until all five collections function successfully within the framework. At this point, they could discard their individual systems in favour of a fully functional and integrated library system using the Koha ILS.

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Schoolyard taunts 2010

Posted by Nathaniel on November 5, 2007

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NO to the Microsoft Office format as an ISO standard

Posted by Nathaniel on November 1, 2007

Sign the petition here.

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