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Putting the Cat into the Catalog for #libs4ada

The #libs4ada fundraising campaign for the Ada Initiative was a smashing success. Including matching funds provided by Bess Sadler, Andromeda Yelton, Chris Bourg, and Mark Matienzo, the library community raised over $21,000 to support the Ada Initiative.

This money will help the Ada Initiative continue its support of women in open technology and open culture through its anti-harassment work, AdaCamp, Ally Skills workshops, and other efforts.

What the Ada Initiative does is important.  But don’t just take my word for it – read the blog posts by women in the library technology community who benefit from their work, including Equinox Vice President Grace Dunbar.

So, what’s with the cat? Towards the end of the fundraiser, I made a pledge to make a feline skin for the Koha OPAC if the counter got to the nice round number of $16,384.  And it did! So, by the time of the Code4Lib BC conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, cats will invade Koha!

Here’s what I can say about the OPAC theme at the moment:

  • It will be designed on the Bootstrap OPAC theme and will work best in Koha 3.16 and later.
  • Enabling it will be a matter of setting a couple system preferences.
  • THERE WILL BE POUNCING! (One of the things I’m doing with this project is teaching myself how to do animations in HTML5 and JavaScript).
  • I will make the cats work for their kibble – in other words, there will be at least one feature of the skin that will more than just decorative.

Do you have ideas for how to put the cat into the catalog? Let me know in the comments!

And by the way… the Ada Initiative’s overall fundraiser runs through October 8th. If you haven’t already, please consider donating.