KOHA is a Maori term which means “gift” or “donation” and is believed to be the first open source integrated library system (ILS) in the world.
The ILS, which can be operational even without internet connection, was derived from KOHA. It was developed by Katipo Communications for the Horrowhenua Library in New Zealand and was funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The automation project aims to further implement a more versatile library system. Through KOHA, books will be made easier to locate and research studies will be made simpler, as well.
“We have to embrace modern technology,” said Rafael Baraan, the provincial administrator, during the launching ceremony held last March 9. “This project is another milestone undertaken by the province that will make life easier, putting Pangasinan in pace and in cadence with the entire world. Going global using cyberspace as the medium of communication is highly commendable.”
Edgardo Quiros, National Library of the Philippines (NLP) Information Technology Division Chief, hailed the provincial government for fully embracing modern technology that will serve as a pivotal bridge towards further developing and improving library services in the country.
Quiros mentioned that as of December 2011, the Philippines has the most number of KOHA system being adapted in local libraries with Pangasinan Provincial Library as one of the leading provincial libraries in terms of modernization followed by the Cavite Library.
With the advent of modern technology in the library system, youth will benefit in utilizing its services for their research and study. In just a click of a finger, information is made accessible to them. It is also useful to those who wisely spend their parents' hard-earned money. Instead of going in computer shops, they could just visit the library for their educational needs. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from PIO)