[Koha] Follett to Koha 3 Migration

Heather Braum (NEKLS) hbraum at nekls.org
Tue Mar 26 09:25:36 NZDT 2013

We have migrated several libraries into our Koha consortia from the old
Follett Circulation Plus software over the last five years. The biggest
helper was purchasing the ODBC Driver from Follett (I believe it's still
available, if your paid support contract is current). That software allowed
us to read the proprietary Follett data files and import them all into an
Access database and then export out into Excel and turn over to our
migration support. We've worked with different support vendors over the
last five years and the migrations all went smoothly.

There are a lot of fields and it can get tricky keeping them straight, but
it's definitely doable to migrate from Follett to Koha.

Heather Braum
Digital and Technical Services Librarian
Northeast Kansas Library System
hbraum at nekls.org

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On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 4:59 AM, Jolanta Kaun <jkaun at lcc.lt> wrote:

> Hi,
> We have migrated from Follett to Koha (DOS version) in 2008.
> Liblime (now PTFS) company was hired for a job. The process was quick and
> smooth!
> We had to dump all data from Follett and instruct how to move it from
> field to field. When it was moved, during a trial period we have changed a
> few details yet. But nothing got lost. It was very well done! Did not take
> a month...
> I guess, it is a simple process for a specialist to rearrange the data. If
> you could afford that, I would recommend hiring a company.
> Wishes,
> Jolanta Kaun
> LCC Library/biblioteka
> -----Original Message-----
> From: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz [mailto:
> koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] On Behalf Of Hager Braham
> Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 9:38
> To: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
> Subject: [Koha] Follett to Koha 3 Migration
> Hi,
> I am looking for information in order to make a decision about our a new
> library system.
> I saw you were migrating from Follet to Koha. How was it the data transfer
> ? Which is Follet's product you want to change for Koha ?
> I am really interested to know it works now with you.
> Thanks in advance, Hager
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