[Koha] Counting the cost
Nelson Fredsell -CCE
nelson at cfce.org.za
Thu Feb 19 03:12:10 NZDT 2009
I am considering Koha for our very small libraries (Fewer than 50
transactions/day). We might get some help doing the initial setup on a
CentOS 5.2 server. We're wanting a basic install, allowing patrons to do
online search of catalogues of multiple collections in a single library, and
multiple libraries belonging to legally separate NGOs.
+Once set up, is it possible that it could need very little
support/maintenance? We could pay something for set up, but ongoing annual
support fees we'd like to avoid.
+And I suppose that support could be provided remotely, perhaps on an hourly
basis, with the exception of possibly needing to reboot the server.
+We have limited IT skills inhouse and NO full time library staff.
+ Staff who do the cataloguing would not be professional librarians.
+We've developed our own cataloguing system, not standard in any way - can
Koha work with this? Maybe over time we'd like to standardize.
+If so, the chaser question is that each very small (NGO/school) library has
its own cataloguing system: would this be a problem for Koha - single
install, multiple administrators (one at each library).
I don't want to bite off more than we can chew, and I don't want to leave my
NGO in the lurch after I'm no longer employed there. I have about three
months to implement something, and make sure it's stable.
Thanks very much for feedback,
Administrator / resident techie
Centre for Creative Education
Cape Town, South Africa
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