Librarian Joann Ransom worked on the original release of Koha and it is a great pleasure to host her as she undertakes a World Tour as a Koha ambassador.
Joann has recently left Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, where Koha was developed in 1999, having been CEO for the last 6 years. “Releasing Koha under an open source licence made so much sense to us; we were a public library not a software development company and we needed a much wider pool of librarians to develop the software further”.
Today Koha is one of the world’s most widely used library management systems with a strong development community that provides 24/7 support.
Joann will be the keynote speaker at the Interleaf Technology “Technology in Libraries” Seminar in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin on 26th September 2016.
The theme of Joann’s presentation will be
1) Origins of Koha,
2) The Koha Community and what that means
In addition to her work on Koha, which won the 2000 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries, Joann was the first librarian outside of USA to be named an American Library Journal Mover and Shaker – Tech Leader, largely for her work developing Kete, another open source project that won the 2008 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries and a 2007 World Summit Awards : Special Mention (North America and Oceania) in the e-inclusion section.
The world tour includes Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Mumbai, Pune, London, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Dublin, Norway, Sweden, Marseille, Washington, New York, Vermont, Montreal, Kansas, Oregon and San Francisco.