[Koha] Koha Experimentation

Kyle Hall kyle.m.hall at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 08:00:29 NZST 2007

  Over the last year, I've been working on migrating the Crawford County
Federated Library system over to Koha from Winnebago. Stephen is dead on
when he says that each ILS needs custom programming to import patron data
into Koha. I've put my migration scripts in koha-tools (
koha-tools.sourceforge.net ). You can check them out to get an idea of what
needs to happen. What ILS is your college using at the moment?


On 3/19/07, Stephen Hedges <st.hedges at gmail.com> wrote:
> Wesley, you might want to look at the "Migration Notes" on the Koha
> wiki (http://wiki.koha.org/doku.php), also look at kohadocs.org.
> You'll find that there is no easy way to migrate patron data because
> there is no standard way to store patron data; every proprietary
> system does it a little differently. That's one big difference between
> Koha and a commercial ILS. If you buy a new commercial ILS, the vendor
> handles the nasty migration work. With Koha, you either do it yourself
> or contract with someone like LibLime to help.
> Stephen H.
> On 3/19/07, Wesley Hague <wesleyhague at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Okay I'm a student of a small College and I'm being hired as a side job
> to
> > see just how pratical Koha is for their Library. After some
> experimentation
> > this has left me with several questions at how to do certain tasks. My
> > skills with some stuff are decent but this is still a massive learning
> curve
> > for me. I've set up Koha on a Windows XP Machine
> >
> > 1. Deleting records? I've got hundred or so records at the moment which
> were
> > created for testing purpose and have no actual book behind them. Is
> there
> > anyway and deleting the entire database and starting fresh without
> having to
> > delete every single record, one by one.
> >
> > 2. Bulk import of users. The Old Library software has alot of users on
> it.
> > While I have found that the book records can be transfer with MARC
> fairly
> > easily with little to no problem. Is their any way to transfer Patrons
> over.
> >
> > 3. Creating Patrons, when I creating patrons to test out. Koha forces me
> to
> > set the patron as Either a Child or an Institution, which alters the
> user
> > information I have already enter. Can it be set or change so these do
> not
> > have to be set?
> >
> >
> >
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Crawford County Federated Library System
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