[Koha] Sirsi in NZ!

Lee Phillips lphillips at buttepubliclibrary.info
Thu May 5 06:33:00 NZST 2011

Hi Jim,
Had to go the electronic archives since this was 2008!
But you should consider the following- we did a survey of the staff 
asking what they liked and didn't like about our Spectrum/Winnebago ILS. 
We formed a committee of supervisory staff and created a list of what we 
wanted BEFORE looking at any vendor.  We prioritized the list and then 
asked vendors for a features list and a library who was using their ILS. 
So no real RFP...more an RFI. After we received the info we created an 
evaluation sheet from our wish list and narrowed down the field. I then 
took the final two or three and did market research and development 
research to see if we were gonna get stuck again with an expensive 
legacy system that was costly to migrate out of- The ILSs we evaluated 
were Destiny from Follet- Koha-Evergreen- Library World- Symphony/Sirsi. 
We probably would have included OCLC express but that was before their 
time! LOL That is some thing to consider, CHANGE! and who can keep up 
with development especially as we become more mobile with apps. AS A 
SIDE NOTE -I think cost for us was huge, we needed so much in facility 
updates I was really looking for the biggest bang for our buck. We got 
it with Koha. Even with paid support we have spent less in 3 years than 
we did in one with Winnebago support and migration. Feel free to share 
any of this info.

On 5/4/2011 8:41 AM, Buster wrote:
> Hi Lee. I'm currently putting together an RFP using the guidelines my 
> finance dept has forced on us. I'm worried it might bias against open 
> source. Could you share a copy of you RFP with me? It would be very 
> helpful.
> Thanks!
> Jim Maroon
>> On May 2, 2011 11:32 AM, "Lee Phillips" 
>> <lphillips at buttepubliclibrary.info 
>> <mailto:lphillips at buttepubliclibrary.info>> wrote:
>> Disappointing.
>> http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-displaytext.pl?RC=15645
>> 2011-04-27. National Library of New Zealand signs with SirsiDynix. , 
>> [SirsiDynix]
>> SirsiDynix announced that the National Library of New Zealand has 
>> selected the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system for the 
>> K&#333;tui shared library system. K&#333;tui is a new shared library 
>> system operated by the National Library of New Zealand for 
>> subscribing public libraries. K&#333;tui will manage member 
>> libraries’ physical resources, offer a new discovery system, and give 
>> member libraries access to centralized expertise and help desk services.
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