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Librarians’ perceptions about adoption and uses of the Koha integrated library software in Punjab, Pakistan

Muhammad Asim (Department of Libraries, National History and Literary Heritage Division, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Ijaz Mairaj (University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore Pakistan,Lahore, Pakistan)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 27 June 2019

Issue publication date: 6 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to find out the reasons of adopting Koha integrated library software, discovers the problems faced by librarians during its implementation, and gets the perceptions of librarians about the performances of Koha in Punjab, a province of Pakistan.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey method was used to collect the data through questionnaire from the purposefully selected sample (N = 66) of university librarians of Punjab, a province of Pakistan.

Findings

The librarians adopted Koha due to the availability of Web online public access catalog (OPAC), provision of MARC21 standards for cataloging and its free availability. During implementation, the librarians were faced with the problems of lack of technical skills, lack of knowledge about the Linux operating system, shortage of skilled manpower, slow internet speeds and approval from their organization. They highly rated the performance of the cataloguing, circulation, patron and OPAC modules of Koha.

Originality/value

This research provides a brief picture of librarians’ perceptions about Koha adoption and satisfaction levels. The findings highlighted the issues and problems faced during the implementation of Koha. This study will be helpful for librarians in the selection, implementation and usage of the Koha software in their libraries.

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Citation

Asim, M. and Mairaj, M.I. (2019), "Librarians’ perceptions about adoption and uses of the Koha integrated library software in Punjab, Pakistan", The Electronic Library, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 624-635. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-11-2018-0224

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