Koha to the rescue at Mapua Community Library


Beautiful Mapua, near Nelson in New Zealand's South Island, boasts its own community library. Entirely funded by grants and fundraising, this busy community service is staffed by a 30-strong force of dedicated volunteers.

The library had been running an older version of Koha Library Management System on an in-house server with no problems for years, until disaster struck. The server gave up completely, leaving the library without a library system and worries they had lost all data.

Anne Thompson, Library Coordinator, got in touch with Catalyst to let us know the situation, and we went straight to work getting the system restored.

Within a day, we had recovered the library's data from a backup, and soon had them on the latest version of Koha running in the Catalyst Cloud. This means we handle all the server maintenance, while the library gets on with business.

As they're now running a newer version of Koha on faster servers, library volunteers have noted with pleasure the system's faster running speed, and mobile-responsive capability.

The library soared through the upgrade, and are getting on with business as usual, Mapua style. Anne says, “We have had no issues with the new version of Koha... we are lucky to in such a beautiful part of New Zealand and welcome anyone who wants to pop in and visit. Holidaymakers are welcome to become temporary members.”

To learn more about Catalyst's cloud-based Koha offerings, go to Koha in the Catalyst Cloud.