[Koha] Venezuela's National Library evaluated, decided to deploy the Koha Integrated Library System
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Thu Jul 3 11:49:00 NZST 2008
José Miguel Parrella Romero wrote:
> I'd like to share this brief newsflash to all of you, since there's a
> big chance BNV could become a large Koha user.
> Venezuela's National Library evaluated, decided to deploy the Koha
> Integrated Library System
> On the first half of 2008, Venezuela's National Library (BNV) evaluated
> the Koha ILS and other FLOSS-based ILSs, together with a proprietary
> ILS, and decided to deploy Koha in two phases for the Library's
> catalogue, which includes more than two million records, and the
> National Public Library System.
> The evaluation was made by the Information Technology Office, and
> starting February 2008, three independent Koha consultants were asked
> for technical help in order to evaluate Koha strengths and shortcomings,
> and possible development/improvement plans, as well as an important
> migration plan from the legacy NOTIS system. Circulation, acquisitions
> and patrons weren't regarded as critical modules of the ILS, while
> Cataloguing, Authorities and Serials were given special attention.
> Ailé Filippi and Mariana González, licensed librarians, deployed a full
> Koha demonstration and worked for two months with the BNV librarians in
> order to establish the desired functionality level. BNV librarians
> wanted a new input system for MARC records which allow them to manually
> input all fields and subfields, and a very particular notation for
> holdings which allows to specify the specific Public Library where the
> item is held.
> On the other hand, José Miguel Parrella Romero, an IT consultant, worked
> with BNV's IT Office in order to recommend and install the latest Koha3
> snapshot, and configured a working proof of concept using Zebra for more
> than 70 thousand simulated records. BNV staff export data from NOTIS and
> use a proprietary tool to convert those records to an ISIS database, so
> it was necessary to write a computer program which migrates those
> records to MARC.
> While the project is currently waiting for further actions, Fernando
> Báez, BNVs General Manager, and Sergio Teijero, IT Consultant for BNV,
> have exposed BNV intentions to fully deploy the Koha ILS in short term,
> migrating over 2 million records and providing access to thousands of
> Public Libraries and users around the World who would like to access BNV
> catalogue information using Koha3 OPAC, while renewing BNV's IT platform.
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