The Butosi Library
My personal library is now searchable online. It represents a lifetime of collecting print material, often out of necessity but also out of general interest. You will find material on Marxism, philosophy, history, music, political economy, literature, and other areas.
This hobby has been made possible by everyone who has been involved in developing the Koha Integrated Library System. Koha is an open-source library content management system that is created, maintained, and supported by the library and information management community. It is used by hundreds of libraries globally to organize, catalogue, circulate, and collect library material. Visit their community hub to learn more about this important alternative to proprietary information systems. Personal thanks go to Assistant Librarian Vinod Kumar Mishra at the Biju Patnaik Central Library in India.
Having my library searchable online via Koha represents a personal goal of mine to learn more about information management systems, and to see just how effective a coordinated community of peer-producers can be, and what they can achieve. I am motivated by the open-source, open-access movement and have been inspired to support them by taking on the challenge of using this system for my personal use.
This project will be an on-going effort, and it will take some time to fully represent the extent of my collection. But, as they say, it is not the destination but the journey.