To host or not to host, that is the question

Just a few days into the process of moving from one ILS to another I discover that another library in California is a bit further along the same way that I am now on. Great to know I’m not alone.

One question that came up on the Koha migration blog yesterday was one we also had to consider when we decided to move to Koha. Should we host the ILS at our vendor, or should we keep the system in-house?

We had one of our IT-persons with us during the discussion of this issue, and fortunately, I’m happy to say, our IT-person was completely open to the idea that our vendor could access and trouble-shoot on the in-house server. The deciding factor from our point of view was that the price for hosting and in-house was the same, and ¬†lightening the load for our IT-people is a high priority for me. So we go for the hosted solution, but always with the option to move to one of our servers if we want. This is the preferable solution for our vendor as it simplifies upgrading and control of multiple installations.

It will be interesting to see which type of libraries migrate to Koha here in Norway. My prediction is that secondary education libraries and small academic and special libraries will lead the way. Most of these libraries will probably prefer a hosted solution if the price is right:-)

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One comment on “To host or not to host, that is the question
  1. chrishoebeke says:

    Dear Thomas,

    I just changed jobs after being 13 years as Systems Librarian at a large university in the US, and am now the librarian for a small operation in Malm√∂, Sweden. I miss hacking around, pulling out the odd data and rendering it in useful formats, but more importantly, our current system just doesn’t have enough features and flexibility to support what we currently do, let alone what we would like to do in the not-so-distant future. But of course, I don’t have the technology budget or the time to devote exlusively to systems work that I had in my old job. I’ve been looking at Koha –in fact, tried with varying degrees of success to install my own– and decided hosting is a very reasonable option for us. I came across your blog when web searching for “Koha hosting Sweden” and am interested in hearing in greater detail about your experiences. Would you mind contacting me about this some time. FYI, I might be interested in assisting with the organization. I can be reached at xxxxxxxx(deleted by editor)

    Tack.

    Chris Hoebeke, Librarian, World Maritime University

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