How do you do....it? Thread, Open Source Library software in Technical; I am looking for any UK schools that are using open source software to manage their library.
Can you please ...
6th May 2011, 11:56 AM #1
Open Source Library software
I am looking for any UK schools that are using open source software to manage their library.
Can you please let me know, as I am trying to convince our librarian to switch over and they would like to discuss this with another school librarian first.
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6th May 2011, 09:10 PM #2
I haven't used it for some time, but Koha is the killer of all FLOSS library systems.
9th May 2011, 09:44 AM #3
I looked into it but concluded all the Open Source systems were no match for paid applications in the library sector.
I use a lot of open source elsewhere in the school but the library systems just didn't hold up against the others.
Data migration was also a huge problem.
Oh and in terms of Koha. I don't trust any software that is unable to even have a screenshot page on their website
Last edited by zag; 9th May 2011 at 09:53 AM.
9th May 2011, 09:53 AM #4
9th May 2011, 01:14 PM #5
I joined the Koha mailing list and was directed to this resource:-
lib-web-cats: an International Directory of Libraries
From which I have located several UK schools using Koha.
Koha has an extensive list of showcase schools and colleges around the world that are using the system.
Our reasons for wanting an OSS solution is to spend more money on books and less on the system to manage them Is that just too radical?
Last edited by monkeyx; 9th May 2011 at 01:15 PM.
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9th May 2011, 01:32 PM #6
- Rep Power
We used Koha in my previous school and the library staff loved it. The librarian was the instigator of the upgrade, having had some very bad experiences with the supplier of our commercial solution. Our data migration was really easy; we had some work experience bods rescan every book into the new system. It took two of them 6 days and (probably) cost the school a lot less than paying me to sort out a database conversion.
Thanks to shenley from:
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