Magazine article Computers in Libraries

How They Did It: ILS Migration Case Studies

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

How They Did It: ILS Migration Case Studies

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Keeping up with the rapid pace of change is a constant challenge for librarians. The ILSs that seemed so amazing just a short time ago now seem outdated and inadequate to meet the needs of our tech-savvy patrons. Migrating to a new ILS is a daunting prospect. It has become even more complicated as we must now consider whether to choose a proprietary ILS from an established vendor or opt instead for an open source product. Through examining case studies of ILS migration projects, librarians can learn what worked, what didn't, and what could have been done differently.

Koha ILS Case Studies--EIFL

Formerly known as eIFL.net, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is an international not-for-profit organization based in Europe with partners all over the world. EIFL works with libraries worldwide to provide access to digital information in developing countries. The EIFL-FOSS project was designed to assist libraries in the network to evaluate and, if they chose, to migrate to a FOSS (free and open source software) integrated library system. Of the seven sites that were initially chosen, four were selected as pilot sites for Koha case studies. This webpage has links to the case studies for Mzuzu University, Malawi, and for Library of the Faculty of Medicine Pharmacy and Dentistry, University of Bamako, Mali, as well as 2010 updates on the project.

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Evergreen Case Studies--EIFL

EIFL also provides a page for the libraries interested in the Evergreen ILS, with links to the full case studies of the three pilot libraries: Fundamental Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia; Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya, Nepal; and Midlands State University Library, Zimbabwe.

LibraryWorks Case Studies

LibraryWorks, from the Library Resources Group, is designed to serve as a portal for information that will aid librarians in making "informed, cost-efficient decisions about products and services for your library. …

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