baljkas at mts.net
baljkas at mts.net
Thu Mar 11 12:49:04 NZDT 2004
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 17:35 CST
I found some info for Max - using Google - and responded within 24 hours of his posting. Sorry all. I thought I hit Reply All so the listserv would have the info, too.
In any case, it's been renamed. Formerly FILMS, an ILS product created by Australian firm Functional Solutions, is now called e-Library.
Their site is URL <http://www.librarysolutions.com.au/>
The only major concern I had at the time I responded to Max was that they don't actually claim to be fully MARC compliant and that should be a major concern when considering ANY integrated library system. It might not seem like a problem now, if it does handle importing records from a Z39.50 search. The problems can arrive later, though, if one wants to migrate and one can't export the records one has into a newer system which requires MARC.
This has happened to many unsuspecting library clients. Be aware. Be careful in listening to vendors' claims and promises.
It would be good if someone (hint, hint, Max) would like to follow up and find out if they are really MARC compliant. I would be surprised, because, despite their online claims of more than a decade presence, they are not included in Cibbarelli's Directory of Library Automation Software, Systems, and Services (which includes many smaller and less well known ILS and other library automation products and services).
Anyway, John, you should be able to find them now and follow up on it to whatever extent you like.
Steven F. Baljkas
library tech at large
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
> From: "Croson, John" <JCroson at ramart.org>
> Date: 2004/03/03 Wed AM 08:07:05 CST
> To: <koha at lists.katipo.co.nz>
> Subject: RE: [Koha] FILMS
> I wouldn't mind finding out more about FILMS, but my argument would be, try to Google for it. I can't find any web page specific to FILMS...
> John Croson
> Technology Operations Manager
> Wustum Museum
> Racine Art Museum
> 441 Main Street
> Racine, WI 53403
> 262-638-8300 ext. 104
> fax 262-898-1045
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Max Stam [mailto:mstam at gsg.wa.edu.au]
> >Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 7:24 PM
> >To: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
> >Subject: [Koha] FILMS
> >Gidday All
> >Our Librarian is looking for a new system. I've shown her koha but she
> >is leaning towards FILMS (Functional Integrated Library Management
> >System) We don't have any Microsoft servers (and I don't really want
> >them either).
> >Is anyone familar enough with both to give me a good argument for koha
> >and against FILMS?
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