I am a trustee at the _____ Library and we are anxious to be a part of the Koha project. However, we (all the trustees and librarian) are novices about this and have no idea if we are ready to begin this process and so are reluctant to add our name to the list. Is there somewhere we can go to read about what work we will need to do to prepare? The costs and equipment needed? We are so uninformed that we don't even know what questions to ask.
The nhaisLOCAL website includes all the background info on the project. If you look back through the older posts you will find posts on various topics including data conversion, pricing, and open source basics. The koha tab has links to info about what the system is and how it works, there is a link there to ByWater (the vendor we are using) and their site has a lot of info both about the koha system (including a demo site) and about what they do, which gives you an idea of process. More information about the process nhaisLOCAL will be using will be posted on the nhaisLOCAL website as we go along.
As far as equipment, you will need a good reliable internet connection, and computers that you can use to access the internet. How many computers will depend on your staffing and public access levels. You will want to have a barcode reader and if you want to print check-out slips you will need a receipt printer. (We expect to provide information on some of the available options for this equipment a bit later in the process, so don't jump into any new purchases just yet.) The system itself will be hosted on a server managed by ByWater (through our contract), so you don't need a server or any of the infrastructure that goes with that.