Installing an ILS

In the last section, we built a WordPress site that functions as our library's front-facing presence, and then we built an Omeka site that could serve as our library's digital library. In this section, we complete our infrastructure building by installing the Koha ILS.

Koha is a free and open source library system that provides modules for patron accounts, circulation, cataloging, serials, an OPAC, and more. The process of installing and using Koha is more complicated than the processes we used to installing and using WordPress and Omeka. This is because Koha, like other ILS software, is a complex project that must provide a lot of different functionality for a library and its patrons. Fortunately, the documentation makes the process pretty straightforward. We will rely on that documentation and other resources to install Koha and complete our library's interconnected web presence.