This study aims to present the successful implementation of the Koha-integrated library system (ILS) for libraries that seek an open-source alternative. This study is best suited for small libraries with limited collections and limited funding. The selection process between Koha and Evergreen is described, as is cataloging, patron setup and library workflow changes. Finally, lessons learned are presented.
This is a case study which describes the events as they occurred between 2013 and 2014.
The Koha-ILS appears to be the open-source system with the most online support, easiest to install and manage. Although the experience of libraries may vary, the Deutsche Schule Charlotte library took the pragmatic approach. Koha was chosen because it could be successfully installed, had an intuitive and web-based interface and could be easily explained to volunteers.
This is a single case study at a very small library.
This study broadly demonstrates the requirements for implementing the Koha-ILS and how it can be accomplished even with library volunteers.
The Koha-ILS can be a good alternative, despite limitations, for small libraries who need a robust ILS system with few bells and whistles.
This study presents a finite view of the implementation and use of the Koha-ILS. The physical setting, availability of capable volunteers and administration’s willingness to experiment with a system may not be reproducible in other locales.
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