Just completed a short report on both TIND and KOHA for our library ILS migration project. Our library has been using III Millennium for a number of years. At some point, it was high time for us to evaluate and assess the performance of Millennium. During the assessment phase, we considered the need to migrate to a new ILS. For those who are not sure of what ILS is all about, here are some info:
I looked at a number of criteria, among others:
- User Experience (my own; this would be a good time to start a UX project on how our users search/navigate/browse print/AV items in the public interface
- Social Media features
- Export features: Downloading, printing, exporting to citation management software
- Customization: whether we can customized information on the left or right columns of the result screen
- Facets features: what are the available filter features that our user can use? Are there any limitations to this feature?
- Personalization: Viewing of borrowed/suggested/renewed items; Renewing books online; Search history
Both KOHA and Tind have their pros and cons. Ultimately it depends on the individual libraries. As for us, we are a digitally-born library. More than 90% of our resources are in electronic format. A handful are in print/AV format. This presented several unique challenges to the library staff.
Some useful references:
- Perceptions 2016: An International Survey of Library Automation by Marshall Breeding
- ILS report by Carnegie Classification by Marshall Breeding
- ILS Wikipedia
- Tristan Müller, (2011) “How to choose a free and open source integrated library system”, OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 27 Issue: 1, pp.57-78, https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751111106573
- Bojan Macan, Gladys Vanesa Fernández, Jadranka Stojanovski, (2013) “Open source solutions for libraries: ABCD vs Koha”, Program, Vol. 47 Issue: 2, pp.136-154, https://doi.org/10.1108/00330331311313726
- Singh, V. (2013). Experiences of migrating to an open-source integrated library system. Information Technology and Libraries (Online), 32(1), 36-53. Retrieved from http://libsys.kaust.edu.sa/docview/1356913028?accountid=78788