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Calm at the center of the distributed whirlwinds

Calm at the center of the distributed whirlwinds

Keynote at the 2013 Koha Conference in Reno, Nevada, USA. Includes an update on Koha 3.14 and thoughts on maintaing serenity in the face of the ferment of Koha development.

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Galen Charlton

October 16, 2013
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  1. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Calm at the

    centers of the distributed whirlwinds Galen Charlton 16 October 2013 KohaCon 2013
  2. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Circles and cycles

    • Let's embrace the codename for the upcoming major release of Koha... Pi! CC licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Paul Smith: http://flickr.com/photos/psmith/2190712270/
  3. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Hurricane Bud by

    the NASA Earth Observatory (used per CC-BY)
  4. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) What patrons can

    look forward to • A new OPAC theme • Course reserves • OverDrive integration • More secure password hashing • Schema.org microdata
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  6. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) What librarians can

    look forward to • HTML5 offline circulation • Patron lists • Z39.50 search of authority records • Ability to merge authority records • DOM indexing for UNIMARC • Ability to move orders
  7. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) More things for

    the librarians • Look up items by keyword or title during circulation – Look Ma, no item barcodes! • More options for lost item fine policies • Serials enhancements
  8. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) What sysadmins can

    look forward to • Improvements to the management scripts • More hooks for OPAC customizations • System preference overriding • Translation fixes
  9. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) What developers can

    look forward to • DBIx::Class • More and better tests – Database-dependent tests coming into their own – Search testing • More Template Toolkit plugins
  10. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) What cats can

    look forward to CC licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Lindsey Turner: http://flickr.com/photos/theogeo/563051619/
  11. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Stability and instability

    • Imagine a perfectly stable Koha... • Imagine a perfectly unstable Koha... – Let's pause for the folks who have been active in the project for years to stop shuddering
  12. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Innovation and conservation

    • Koha is not done yet! • Folks hate having stuff taken away from them
  13. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) The lifecycle of

    a feature • Idea • Resistance • Iteration • Acceptance • Iteration • Conservation • Destruction
  14. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Distribution • Well,

    yes, of course • But it's an ever-present challenge • A single purpose ramifies
  15. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Multiplicity of place

    • The mission that Koha supports is more or less the same... • But the whys, wherefores, and means, not so much • This both helps and hinders
  16. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Multiplicity of perspective

    • Public, academic, consortium • And just plain odd • Traditional vs. new
  17. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Multiplicity of size

    • Who charges their friends overdue fines? • Special libraries • Consortia • National libraries • Keepers of the metadata kitchen sink
  18. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Diversity of project

    • You may have heard of Evergreen • And others...
  19. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Boundaries • Koha

    can be most things for most libraries • That doesn't remove the need for judgment • The word “no” must be used at times • Quality • Production means something
  20. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) The eye of

    the storm • Our mission binds us together • Even in our differences • Gratitude
  21. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Brass tacks with

    gears • Continuous integration • Automated testing • Workflow analysis
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  23. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Squishy brass tacks

    • Community • Communication • Consilience • Negotiation
  24. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Bored brass tacks?

    • Patch review • QA • More testing • Where, o where, is the janitor?
  25. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Brick-like brass tacks

    • Wherein the metaphor explodes • Out of many small pieces is a wall made • Incrementalism vs. saltation
  26. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Structural brass tacks

    • You can't keep a good metaphor down! • Module maintainers
  27. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Creative tensions •

    Expedience vs. the unknown future • Generality vs. specificity vs. nothing • Security vs. the panopticon • Delegation vs. centralization • Funded vs. unfunded • Unity of vision vs. pipelines
  28. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Approaching storms •

    Ending the tyranny of MARC – Linked Data – MARC still has its place • Koha's place in the ecosystem • Growth
  29. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Core • Koha

    is for libraries – What is a library? • Koha is for libraries, viewed broadly as possible • Koha is for people • Koha is by the people • Koha is excellent • … and can be made more excellent
  30. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Serenity • We're

    all in this together • We're all in this together • Messiness happens, but can be transitory CC licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by Jônatas Cunha: http://flickr.com/photos/jonycunha/4402158857/
  31. KohaCon 2013 Copyright 2013 Galen Charlton (CC-BY-SA) Thanks! Galen Charlton

    Koha 3.14 Release Manager gmc@esilibrary.com