[sagreenstone] turning LP library into digital form of library

Repke de Vries repke.devries at eifl.net
Fri Sep 11 15:02:15 EEST 2009

Dear all

Leonia from the Lesotho Polytechnic Library and I have been  
discussing this off list  and concluded that for cataloguing and  
circulation one of the FOSS ILS products is the better option and the  
good news is that together with their IT department they are well  
under way evaluating and implementing one of these packages.

This brings me to the following:

1)  it is great you posted to this Greenstone  and digitisation /  
digital library oriented list Leonia and we then managed  (answers by  
Amos and Gilchriste) to identify the best options for your library's  
need - even though the answer was Evergreen or Koha (or ABCD) rather  
than Greenstone:  this list certainly is a platform for that type of  
matching between library (archive, NGO' ..) IT needs and available  
FOSS solutions too.
Another one of those choices is the need for a so called  
"institutional repository"  and  having Greenstone as option but also  
the more specialised DSpace or EPrints:  anyone on the list  
confronted with this choice: please share !

2) in addition to the information sources on ILS-es Amos pointed out  
(see below) there are a few more:
  - the recently published  eIFL FOSS ILS project cases studies at
Nearby Zimbabawe and Malawi are involved, Western African Mali is  
involved !
- the "FOSS for libraries" catalogue of options at

Enjoy your weekend, Repke

Op 18-aug-2009, om 9:38 heeft Amos Kujenga het volgende geschreven:

> Dear Leonia,
> For you to use Greenstone effectively it is important to go through
> some form of training. One way to do this is via the tutorial
> exercises on the Greenstone site
> (http://wiki.greenstone.org/wiki/index.php/Tutorial_exercises). Some
> other documentation is also available from the Greenstone wiki
> (http://wiki.greenstone.org/wiki/index.php/GreenstoneWik).
> Secondly, did you build the collection after uploading the documents
> through the Librarian Interface?
> Lastly, you mentioned that you are trying to digitize your manual
> catalogue. If I get you correctly, you'd rather do this using an
> Integrated Library System (ILS). Examples of Open Source ILSs are:
> - Koha (http://www.koha.org)
> - Evergreen (http://www.open-ils.org)
> - ABCD (http://reddes.bvsalud.org/projects/abcd/)
> I hope this addresses your problem. Your feedback would be greatly  
> appreciated.
> Regards
> Amos
> On 8/17/09, Nomqibizue Sebolai <ithabeleng at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> My name is Leonia M. None. I am Assistant Librarian who is trying to
>> digitize the manual catalogue of Lerotholi Polytechnic Library using
>> greenstone. I entered information using excell but the documents  
>> do not
>> appear when trying to open digital library interface. They only  
>> appear
>> clearlly in Librarian interface.
>> Please tell me where did I go wrong?
>> Waiting to hear frm you.
>> Regards!
>> Leonia Mabakuena None
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