[Koha] Koha enquiry for a new library

Bob Birchall bob at calyx.net.au
Wed Feb 20 14:13:27 NZDT 2019

Hello Sumayya,
What size is your bibliographic collection and how many users will you have?
For a new library, the main steps are:
- enter basic administration parameters such as your library or 
branches, item types and user categories;
- configure the system preferences so that Koha supports your policies 
and workflows;
- import your bibliographic records; and
- import your user (patron) records.

Information about all of this is in the Koha manual:
where there is also an implementation checklist:

We know of small libraries (up to 1,500 records) who started up by 
entering all their data into Koha directly. More commonly, you'll 
capture the data to spreadsheets. In the case of the bibliographic data, 
there are tools (not part of Koha) to convert your spreadsheet data to 
the MARC format required by Koha. If you have a large collection, this 
is a big job.

There are companies that sell these services:

Consult the manual, then ask more questions on this list.
Good luck,
Bob Birchall

On 19/2/19 10:47 pm, Sumayya lib wrote:
> Hi All,
> Our library doesn’t have a library system yet. We are new branch campus in
> Qatar and we are investigating about various possibilities for managing our
> physical collection which includes Koha.  Even though I heard a lot of
> positive feedback about Koha in general, I would like to hear from you the
> personal experience of setting up and using Koha.
> 1.       Does your library had any other library system before implementing
> Koha? If not, how easy/complicated to use this for a new library?
> 2.       What things should I be considered before start using Koha?
>   Any other recommendation/suggestions are welcome!
> Thanks & Regards,
>   *Sumayya Ansar*
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