[sagreenstone] Looking for lib system with the following spec

Africa j bwamkuu jbwamkuu at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 14:49:48 EEST 2009


Dear collegues,

Thanks for informative emails

As pointed by Repke, I should surely point out if I am for Open Source or
Commercial software.

I am looking for a solution from open source software though We are driven
by functionality of software as well.

I find all the information availed very helpful and if there is more out
there please keep on sharing.

I am currently  experimenting with Koha and Evergreen as well as I am
developing a price tag for these commercial products.

Infact, Paul, I am looking this solution for other institution not COSTECH,
all these information help as end of day we need to advise others as well.

Regards

On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:38 AM, Repke de Vries <repke at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> Dear Fabian, hi  Africa
>
> a few comments an ideas:
>
> - Africa, in your list of requirements you don't mention *how* you
> want the system to be available and maintained and I think a library
> should consider -  at a strategic level ! - whether it wants a so
> called FOSS solution (with "paid support" as further option: all you
> young talent on this sagreenstone list:  as with Greenstone and
> digitisation: here are business opportunities for you !) or opt for a
> "closed source" or "proprietary"  ILS which has very different
> strings attached
>
> - Fabian,  no doubt you are right given Africa's list of
> functionalities but your UNICORN would mean choosing for a
> "proprietary" ILS
>
> - on the web I found the following Library and Information Science
> (LIS) Master Thesis researching this choice:
> "SURVEY OF OPEN SOURCE INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEMS" ,  Linda M. Riewe,
> 2008
> "..
> The purpose of this study is to compare integrated library system
> (ILS) costs and
> benefits, and to inform librarians about considerations when choosing
> between an open
> and a closed source ILS. A survey was conducted among libraries that
> used the largest
> open source ILSs, Koha and Evergreen, and various proprietary ILSs.
> Questions were
> asked about initial and annual costs. Questions about benefits took
> the form of
> satisfaction ratings. The questionnaire also asked why the ILS was
> selected, whether it
> was customized, who hosted and serviced it, what problems were
> encountered, and
> library demographics.
> .."
> You can find it here http://users.sfo.com/~lmr/ils-survey.html<http://users.sfo.com/%7Elmr/ils-survey.html> or
> email me off list and I will reply with the thesis as PDF in attachment
>
> Linda Riewe had survey responses from around the world but this type
> of research question could well be addressed by LIS Schools in
> African countries. Indeed are some  of our sagreenstone National
> Centres already forging links with LIS Schools in their country
> around the digital library theme (and Greenstone) but the idea holds
> for other key library system components like the ILS as well
>
> - here is another source on the web: a database of installed ILS-es
> around the world (Marshall Breeding) - well: mostly in the West but
> all of us on this list or our colleagues can change that by
> registering our library and its ILS.
> Go here: http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-search-advanced.pl
> and for "Current Automation System" pick from an ILS from the list
> under the "Choose" button - say: you pick "Unicorn" or "Koha
> Independent"  and hit "Search" at the bottom of the form; remember:
> it just the libraries that registered !
>
> For Greenstone we try also try a list of  collections and sites in
> production or experimental:
> Greenstone global:  http://www.greenstone.org/examples
> SA Greenstone: http://www.eifl.net/cps/sections/services/eifl-foss/
> greenstone/examples
>
> Repke  P.S.  as to fulfilling your requirements Africa:  I am afraid
> it would be checking out the features on the respective websites like
> "SirsiDynix" (Unicorn) and the ones for Koha, Evergreen and ABCD you
> already have; speaking for Koha and Evergreen (the 1.6 now in RC): in
> many respects they fit your list  but also check out  ABCD
>
>
> Op 23-sep-2009, om 15:32 heeft Fabian Kakana het volgende geschreven:
>
> > Dear Africa,
> >
> > I think that UNICORN library system could be the answer to your
> > problem.
> >
> > Fabian
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Africa j bwamkuu" <jbwamkuu at gmail.com>
> > To: "Discussion list for the Southern African Greenstone Support
> > Network." <sagreenstone at lists.eifl.net>
> > Sent: Wednesday, 23 September, 2009 3:50:05 PM GMT +02:00 Harare /
> > Pretoria
> > Subject: [sagreenstone] Looking for lib system with the following spec
> >
> > Dear All
> >
> > I am looking for a system that will address the following library
> > specification : Please suggest
> >
> >
> >    1.
> >
> >    *Have improved inventory control*:
> >    -
> >
> >       Tracks the status (checked out, lost, etc.) of all the
> > materials in
> >       the library. By contrast, using a manual card system, there
> > is no way to
> >       answer people’s questions about items that are not on the
> > shelf, such as:
> >       When can I have that book? When is that movie due to be
> > returned?
> >
> >
> >
> >    1.
> >
> >    *Be able to efficiently manage overdue items:*
> >
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    Be able to print reports of overdue items and have the ability
> > to create
> >    pull-apart mailing forms similar to those used for bank
> > statements. Also be
> >    able to send automatically reminder emails two days before an
> > item becomes
> >    overdue and another email can be sent when the item becomes
> > overdue. The
> >    emails need to be sent automatically, with no time spent or
> > involvement
> >    required by staff.
> >
> >
> >
> >    1.
> >
> >    *Be able to easily gather statistics and get reports:*
> >
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    The systems will need to automatically compile statistics when
> > the system
> >    is used so and be able to generate reports based on those
> > numbers. Through
> >    these, the library will be able to see how the collection is
> > being used and
> >    which sections are not being used.
> >
> >
> >
> >    1.
> >
> >    *Have Internet access to library catalog *
> >
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    The system need to have WebOPAC that will provide instant access
> > through
> >    an Internet or local intranet connection. This will enable
> > patrons by using
> >    a standard Web browser from home, a favorite coffee shop, or
> > virtually
> >    anywhere else with an Internet connection, to take advantage of
> > WebOPAC’s
> >    powerful search options to view the library’s collection
> > anywhere, anytime.
> >    The WebOPAC will be required to supports Easy Word (keyword),
> > Title, Author,
> >    Subject, ISBN, Visual, and Study Program (Accelerated Reader,
> > Reading
> >    Counts!, etc.) searches. Even more advance.
> >
> >
> >
> >    1.
> >
> >    *Need to have impressive Reporting Capability*
> >
> >
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    Generate real-time reports tailored to your needs
> >    -
> >
> >    Customize reports by adding/removing columns and sorting
> >    -
> >
> >    Create and save periodic and frequently used report templates
> >    -
> >
> >    Filter reports for specific data
> >    -
> >
> >    Select and schedule report production
> >    -
> >
> >    Export report data for use in other programs
> >
> >
> >
> >    1.
> >
> >    *Need to be equipped with traditional library automation
> > functionality.*
> >
> >
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    Circulate materials
> >    -
> >
> >    Serial Management
> >    -
> >
> >    Catalog items
> >    -
> >
> >    Create and customize real-time reports
> >    -
> >
> >    Print barcodes and spine labels
> >    -
> >
> >    Search the library and the Web
> >    -
> >
> >    Access library resources anywhere
> >    -
> >
> >    View context-sensitive on-line help
> >
> >
> >  *6. Enable patrons to know what the library has:*
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    The library will suppose to have a web-based catalog. The
> > catalog will
> >    display what the library owns and will indicate the availability
> > of items.
> >    Patrons can access the catalog from their home and students can
> > use it while
> >    at MNMA.
> >
> >
> >  *7. En**able patrons to check their “accounts”:*
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    While at the library, or from home, people can enter the barcode
> > on their
> >    library card and a PIN and see the items they have checked out,
> > items they
> >    have requested, items that are overdue, and can renew items.
> >
> >
> >  *8. **Enable patrons to place and manage their holds:*
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    People may place requests, or holds, on a book that their
> > library owns
> >    but is currently checked out. When the book is returned, the
> > computer system
> >    gives an alert that there is a hold waiting and prints a slip
> > with the
> >    person’s phone number.
> >    -
> >
> >    The system can automatically send emails to let patrons know when
> >    requested items become available. Patrons also enjoy the
> > convenience of
> >    having the system notify them about items before they become
> > overdue, and
> >    receiving overdue notices via email.
> >
> > REgards
> > Africa J Bwamkuu
> >
> > On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Repke de Vries
> > <repke.devries at eifl.net>wrote:
> >
> >> 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
> >> http://www.eifl.net/cps/sections/services/eifl-foss/ils/case-studies
> >> Nearby Zimbabawe and Malawi are involved, Western African Mali is
> >> involved !
> >> - the "FOSS for libraries" catalogue of options at
> >> http://www.eifl.net/cps/sections/services/eifl-foss/foss-for-
> >> libraries
> >>
> >> 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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