VALA2022 Onsite Session 24 Amohia

Open source library software: the gift that keeps on giving back


Thursday 16 June 2022, 14:10 – 14:40

Aleisha Amohia
  • Koha Development Lead
  • Catalyst IT

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Libraries exist for people to find stories, information, and resources – for communities. It makes sense then that library systems should be designed by communities too. Libraries and open source software are similar in nature, which makes open source library software, such as Koha (the first of its kind globally), the perfect choice. This paper will describe the similarities between libraries and open source software, and the significance of both being designed by and for communities. To support this it will discuss the example of the Catalyst Open Source Academy, which has facilitated the addition of approximately 70 young people to the ever-growing list of Koha contributors, strengthening Koha for over 15,000 libraries around the world.


Aleisha Amohia (Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi) (she/her) is a Koha Developer at Catalyst IT in Wellington, New Zealand. She has been working on Koha since 2014. Aleisha recently graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Information Systems).

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