In December 2014, Stockholm University Library decided to implement the free and open source library system Koha as the circulation module in a larger system architecture for printed material. The goal is to have Koha up and running by late 2015. This guest post from Andreas Hedström Mace, a librarian and project manager working at Stockholm University Library, discusses some of the implications of this strategic decision and what it means for the library, as well as focusing on the benefits of open source library systems.
Stockholm University Library’s choice of Koha as the circulation module is related to an earlier strategic decision about how the library supports users’ information retrieval. The focus is now on providing and delivering content, regardless of where users find that content, rather than building search services of our own.