“A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.” (Sir Barnett Cocks)
The above quote comes close to describing what I was thinking as I watched the OLE Project’s Webcast from November 20th, 2008.
Months of consultations, hundreds of thousand of dollars spent ferrying people here, there, and everywhere…all to produce a design document. That’s a poor ROI. Only after July 2009 will they even begin to think about developing a new ILS, by which time:
- Evergreen and Koha will have evolved and improved; the OLE Project will still be months away from the rubber meeting the road.
- Evergreen and/or Koha may very well adopt any ideas the OLE Project outlines in their final “Open Library Management System” document before OLE can get started on actual development work.