One rarely has time to get bored with the ILS industry these days.
VTLS has announced that industry veteran Carl Grant will be stepping down as president and COO. Grant is completing the term of his contract and notified the VTLS Board of Directors that he “plans to move in a new direction in his career.” Vinod Chachra will resume his role as the company’s president and continue as CEO.
Koha Changes Hands
And just in case you thought mergers and acquisitions were only for proprietary software…LibLime has just acquired the Koha Division of New Zealand-based Katipo Communications, Ltd. Katipo was commissioned by Horowhenua Library Trust in 1999 to write the original version of Koha–the first open-source ILS–and has been supporting and promoting Koha since its release in early 2000. LibLime began providing commercial support for Koha in 2005. Chris Comack, the software’s original author, will be joining LibLime.
Now, I have to admit that I am not entirely sure what it means for one open-source support company to acquire another. One thing that LibLime is touting is that the deal does not mean changing software. The free+support model certainly raises some interesting questions about the library software market. Will Koha go head-to-head with the other open-source ILS–Evergreen from Georgia PINES? Will LibLime go head-to-head with Equinox Software, which supports Evergreen? What, if anything, will traditional library vendors do?
And what will Carl Grant be doing? Well, there’s at least one ILS president job open right now. He’s contributed so much to the vendor and library landscape that it’s hard to imagine him not being a part of it. I have told him this myself, so I don’t think he would mind my repeating it here: It would be really cool if some library school snatched him up as an adjunct so students could learn a little something about the practice of dealing with vendors, library automation…you know, real-world stuff.
[This post originally appeared as part of American Libraries’ Hectic Pace Blog and is archived here.]