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Librarian as data migrator: a functional pathway from Millennium to Koha

Christopher R. Todd (Barco Law Library, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 11 December 2017

Issue publication date: 3 January 2018




This case study aims to demonstrate that in-house integrated library systems migration can be accomplished by a dedicated team of librarians without advanced tools or prior experience with data migration or systems integration.


This migration was accomplished by academic librarians using freely available tools: OpenOffice Calc, MarcEdit and the Koha Integrated Library System.


The data migration pathway presented here was developed and successfully used to transfer over 48,000 records in less than two months.

Practical implications

This case study presents an original process that is particularly effective for smaller libraries.


While similar case studies exist, most employ expensive third-party contractors for data migration or rely heavily on institutional IT departments.



Todd, C.R. (2018), "Librarian as data migrator: a functional pathway from Millennium to Koha", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 60-69.



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