Thursday, 19 January 2017

OS Readings Series: Avery

Avery, Joshua M., ‘Implementing an Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS) in a Special Focus Institution’, Digital Library Perspectives, 32 (2016), 287

These notes have turned into a list of advice... the start of the article contains a very nice literature review on similar projects, and observations about same.

  • A list of ILS selction criteria are listed in Bossels 2008, Muller 2011, Pruett and Choi 2013. Sing and Sanamann 2012 and Yang and Hofmann 2010
  • Current literature shows Koha is a better fit for small less complex library systems. 
  • Opac is highly customizable
  • Discussions with local IT began well in advance of migration. A task management system (Asana) was put in place (manage, schedule, track and update stages)
  • Knowledge gathering via listserv, chat-boards, weblogs, tutorials, documentation and contacts
  • Read online handbook 
  • Talk to institutions of same size
  • Test server allow release and updates to be tested before going live
  • Koha implementation check list is available online
  • Install than, branches, item types, patron types, collections. Locations and other rules and preferences > then data migration
  • Migration means questioning rules, config., etc. 
  • Data mapping > MARC EDIT USED to edit marc records for import
    • 952 = holdings data
    • 942 = class and item type
    • Data is loaded in batches so carefully label each batch using the comment function in the koha batch upload tool 
    • Try to keep batches <10,000
    • Batch load Circ data via offline circ
  • One month before live = final opac customizations and intensive training for staff on new system
  • Old system was kept live for 24 months and staff did harvest data from it on occasion. 
  • Each library’s migration and day to day experience is different.  
  • Consider formal per and post measures of staff and student satisfaction with the ILS
  • Local understanding of the limits of MySQL, CSS, HTML, Linux, Apache and Perl is needed
  • Clearly determine who is responsible for which task
  • Waive fines and fees
  • Have regular meetings with all parties – face to face


mamta said...

Apparently, this blog is awesome. I like the given information. Keep Updating…
Germany VPS Hosting

mamta said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas and view, this is appreciable.
Germany VPS Hosting

mahmoud said...

Thank you for this topic Which helped me a lot

تصميم مواقع

تصميم متجر الكتروني

karan kashyap said...
This comment has been removed by the author.