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March 23, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: John Koetzner (707) 468-3051

Mendocino College Receives Technology Focus Award

The Mendocino College Library and Information Technology departments teamed up to work on a new library automation project in preparation for the move to the new Library Learning Center later this summer. It is called the Koha Library Automation project, named for the open source software at the heart of the project. As a result, their teamwork garnered recognition from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in the form of a Technology Focus Award. Mendocino College was one of three campuses statewide to receive such an award. 

The Technology Focus Awards recognize excellence that evolves out of a comprehensive planning process closely linked to the institution’s mission and vision for the future. The award commends strategic and integrated uses of technology that empower faculty and/or students through sources within reach of all campus constituents, and often the wider community. 

Members of the college’s Koha team included David Bushway, Instructional Technology Specialist; Erik Alfkin, Senior Programmer; Karen Christopherson, Director of Information Technology; and John Koetzner, Head Librarian. The team sought to create an agile library database solution that would allow patrons to be more self-sufficient and that would be more cost-efficient for the college. Christopherson said, “It was very rewarding to have an open source library system work for Mendocino College.  Library systems can be very expensive and Koha has certainly provided us with a robust system at a cost that is very sustainable.” 

Having a new library automation system was an important component of moving into the new library facility at the college. According to Head Librarian John Koetzner, “The Koha project lets students and faculty have more control over their accounts with email overdue notices, self-service renewals online, and the ability to make public lists for reading. It also helps save costs in paper, printing, and maintenance costs. Some campuses spend as much as $25,000 a year in support costs. We were able to buy a server, three days of training and a year’s support for just under $7,000. The software was free.” 

The team worked together to make the low-cost, but twenty-first century library automation solution come together over the past year and a half. Mendocino College was the only Northern California community college to receive one of the awards this year. Christopherson and Koetzner accepted the award on behalf of the college at the Chief Information Systems Officers Association conference this week.  


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