[Koha] Barcode Readers & WinIsis Data Migration

Rovin rovin_28 at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 4 07:46:58 NZST 2009

My name is Imran Mohamed from the University of Guyana. A while back we
decided to use Koha for our Library Automation Project. We are 99% complete
with customization and we are about to enter data entry stage. I have some
1. We need some suggestions about bar-codes; do we use the auto generation
feature in Koha, or do we use the Accession Number? What are the pros and
2. What is the best barcode reader to use?
3. We have some records in WinIsis(.iso) format. However, when converting
the records to MARC21 format, we realized that the tags are different, e.g.
Accession Number etc. Also, the tags in WinIsis doesn't use sub-fields,
where as in MARC21, it does. Example, for the Title tag in WinIsis, all the
information is stored in one tag, whilst in MARC21, there are sub-fields for
Title, Extended Title etc. What is the best method to convert from WinIsis
to MARC21.

Imran Mohamed
University of Guyana 
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