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Open source solutions for libraries: ABCD vs. Koha

Macan, Bojan; Fernández, Gladys Vanesa; Stojanovski, Jadranka (2013) Open source solutions for libraries: ABCD vs. Koha. Program, 47 (2). pp. 136-154. ISSN 0033-0337

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this study is to present an overview of the two open source (OS) integrated library systems (ILS) – Koha and ABCD (ISIS family), to compare their “next-generation library catalog” functionalities, and to give comparison of other important features available through ILS modules. Design/methodology/approach - Two open source ILSs, Koha and ABCD, were compared in-depth according to their functionalities and characteristics. A checklist was created for each module: acquisition, cataloging, serials, patron management and circulation, reports and statistics, and administration. For an online catalog module, a separate checklist with “new generation catalog” characteristics was created. Authors also defined an additional set of criteria which could influence the decision process and selection of appropriate ILS like funding, metadata schema, preferred ILS functionalities, provided support, and the role of the IT department, and computer and network infrastructure in the library. Findings - Evaluation of ILSs reveals that Koha has more functionalities than ABCD, especially those connected with the “next generation library catalog”. If library is using UNIMARC or MARC21 format for bibliographic description and has a good IT support, Koha is an open source ILS with wide community which has to be considered for implementation. ABCD has great metasearch possibilities and is worth to be considered for libraries using other or no metadata schemas or without IT support. Research limitations/implications – The research was limited to two research libraries and their praxis and experiences. Further analysis can include other open source ILSs. Practical implications – This study can help libraries preparing to migrate to open source ILS to choose an appropriate ILS. Originality/value – This is the first comprehensive study conducted on Koha and ABCD comparing all modules in details.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated library system; ILS; open source software; ABCD; Koha
Subjects: SOCIAL SCIENCES > Information and Communication Sciences > Information Systems and Information Science
SOCIAL SCIENCES > Information and Communication Sciences > Library Science
Divisions: Centre for scientific information
Depositing User: Bojan Macan
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 14:49
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2014 09:11
URI: http://fulir.irb.hr/id/eprint/507
DOI: 10.1108/00330331311313726

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