In June, I attended the annual KohaCon, a conference focuses on the Koha open source ILS. Open source plays a big role in the second edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian and so I thought I’d share my summary of this talk by Chris Cormack with you all.
Open source (and Koha) is about a lot more than the code and the programmers – it’s about the community. So with Koha, how does the community work? Chris Cormack broke it down for us in to some very simple steps!
- People are always on IRC talking about Koha and our lives (Stats)
- The Mailing Lists are very active (as the last speaker mentioned) and are a great way to see what’s being discussed and participating in that discussion.
- The Wiki has pages like this one where people bid to host KohaCon
- Bugzilla is where we report problems, request enhancements and keep track of developments/fixes. Always search first and if someone has reported it already comment so people know that you have the same problem (the squeaky wheel gets the grease).
To be a part of our community it’s really as easy as participating in the above sites in some way. You don’t have to be a programmer! To learn about some of the unsung heroes in the community check Chris’s blog.
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