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    Library Software

    Looking into getting new library software. Any recommendations? Due to the restricted library budget it will have to be very cheap.

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    Re: Library Software

    Eclipse is quite user friendly and IIRC can be bought with eLCs!

    Where I am now they use Heritage which seems very comprehensive but is possibly overkill.

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    Re: Library Software

    What was your old one?
    What do you call cheap?

    All my schools (primary) use Junior Librarian (costs about £700) single user with 1 bar code scanner.

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    Re: Library Software

    IIRC Junior Librarian is the baby brother of Eclipse.

    They all seem expensive if you ask me but...

    If you search around you can also find opensource systems and the like but you will tend to find that librarians aren't too keen on these.

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    Re: Library Software

    We recently bought Eclipse. Cost about £2k all in, with thumb print scanner, bar code scanner and a pack of labels. We didn't have the install, which is very simple to do yourself anyway, or the training - not needed either - it's very basic. Librarian likes it too!

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    Re: Library Software

    We still use Alice ... with thumb scanner, etc ...

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    Re: Library Software

    Alice chugs away here quite happlily too!!!

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    Re: Library Software

    ...or even happily.....

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    Re: Library Software

    Alice here too - no problems since we installed the latest version

    (so far :? )

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    Re: Library Software

    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    Alice here too - no problems since we installed the latest version

    (so far :? )
    Alice here too, the IIS web interface is a bit fiddly when you put IIS on a different server, but it works.

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    We have never got that happy. The instructions and support was not very good, pretty much the only part of Alice that wasn't. The fact that the installation instructions were still for NT4 and IIS4, and I got a pretty blank response when asking for instructions for W2K Server (after being hardened / locked down) or server 2003.

    We will make another stab later this term ... I may PM you to rack your brains about a few things with it.

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    Re: Library Software

    We also use alice here had no problems.

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    Re: Library Software

    Thanks all.

    Seems to be a bit of a panic over nothing here. Looks as if we are sticking with existing (Excalibar). Think the refurb was getting to everyones head - lol.

    Thanks anyway for your input. If I need to change in the future I am more clued up.

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    Re: Library Software

    Heritage is a meaty beast...the support (as long as you're paid up) is top notch..can't fault it. The program though...in itself good, but PICK as a database needs to die now. The engine of the package shows its age in some situations.

    We had a total catalogue failure due to corruption caused by insufficient error checking routines built into the inout fields...contacted Heritage,and they were happy for us to FTP our data to them, and promised to get it back to us next day.

    Unfortunatly, NGFL decided it was a "security risk", and wouldn't open the firewall..so we had to mail a CD instead.

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    Re: Library Software

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy
    Heritage is a meaty beast...the support (as long as you're paid up) is top notch..can't fault it. The program though...in itself good, but PICK as a database needs to die now. The engine of the package shows its age in some situations.

    We had a total catalogue failure due to corruption caused by insufficient error checking routines built into the inout fields...contacted Heritage,and they were happy for us to FTP our data to them, and promised to get it back to us next day.

    Unfortunatly, NGFL decided it was a "security risk", and wouldn't open the firewall..so we had to mail a CD instead.
    I knew their support number from memory 2 years after I stopped using it at another school. It worked well with a new database when it changed to the windows version, we had upgraded from the dos version and it was awful.

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