Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Migration from LS/2000 to KeyNOTIS: A Medium-Sized Academic Library's Experience

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Migration from LS/2000 to KeyNOTIS: A Medium-Sized Academic Library's Experience

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Library migrated from one automated system (LS/2000) to a second-generation integrated automation system (KeyNOTIS). This article describes the terminal network setup and public terminals setup for the new system utilizing existing equipment. It also describes database conversion problems that were encountered and how clean up work proceeded. The authors provide information and advice for those about to embark on a similar migration project.

Since Ameritech's announcement in 1991 that it will no longer support the LS/2000 system after July 1995, LS/2000 users have faced the inevitability of migrating to a new automated system. The University of Wisconsin (UW) at Whitewater was designated by the UW System as one of the four sites to lead the migration from the LS/2000 to the KeyNOTIS automated system, a turnkey version of NOTIS. Consequently, the UW-Whitewater Library administration created two teams to deal with the migration issues. An automation implementation team was selected from the library and the computer center to address issues of hardware and system implementation, and an automation committee from the library was asked to address profiling, preparing for the conversion, testing the converted database, and cleaning up the converted database.

LS/2000 was an OCLC local system that was sold to Ameritech. As a turnkey multifunction integrated automated library system, it runs on Data General Eclipse and Eagle, DEC PDP/11 and VAX, and IBM Series I hardware. The system supports local cataloging, authority control, circulation control, a patron access catalog, and interlibrary loan. Serials control and acquisitions functions are supported on standalone PC-based systems--the SC350 serials control system and the ACQ350 acquisition system. The link to LS/2000 allows the workstation full access to all LS/2000 functionality, but does not allow one to perform 350 functions from LS/2000.

KeyNOTIS is a turnkey version of the NOTIS library automation software package developed by Northwestern University Library and later sold to Ameritech. It utilizes IBM hardware and operating systems and provides integrated support for public access catalog, acquisitions, serials control and claiming, circulation control, cataloging, authority record management, and data base management. The strength of the system is in its Boolean searching capabilities.

A Beta test of KeyNOTIS was conducted in 1990 at California State University-San Bernardino.[1] Since then, 17 KeyNOTIS sites have been established in the United States, including the four University of Wisconsin sites. A search of current literature shows few articles on migration between systems.[2] Only the Ameritech Information Systems' Lines of Support has published some short notes on migration issues.[3]

This article describes one migration experience; other libraries planning similar moves may find the information and advice valuable. This article fo'cuses on three areas: network setup selection, conversion, and cleanup work.

Terminal Network Setup Selection

The KeyNOTIS system installed at UW-Whitewater operates on VSE/ ESA software on a shared IBM ES9121 computer. The design of our KeyNOTIS network was dictated somewhat by a number of factors, including the following:

* The full utilization of an existing ADM11 program for circulation and OPAC functions and Windows-based PC workstations for access to other library resources in the state and nationally.

* The use of existing LS/2000 cables (RS232 cables). The Whitewater campus is in the process of installing a campuswide fiber optic backbone that will allow us to connect to the campus Ethernet network without cables.

* To minimize the usage of the campus Gandolf data switch network that only supports a maximum of 9600 bps.

In planning for terminal connection to an IBM mainframe, we had two options. The first was a 7171 connection, an IBM ASCII terminal server that supports ADM, VT100, and other terminal emulations. …

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