Saturday, April 18, 2009

Koha and SCIS

Funny how things work: at almost the same time as Mason James finished work on our Koha/SCIS integration, I noticed this on the website:

In a boon to Australian and New Zealand schools considering the Koha open source integrated library management system, CALYX information essentials recently demonstrated the seamless upload of bibliographic records from SCIS to Koha.

...which is preciesly what Mason has just done for us. Great minds think alike I guess. The Calyx site also has a great explanation of why Koha is such a create ILS:

Why Koha?

Koha is a full featured integrated library system (ILS). In use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic or advanced options. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloguing, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more. For a comprehensive overview of features visit the Koha feature map.


  • Friendly and intuitive web-based catalogue searching
  • Accessible from any web enabled computer
  • Powerful self-service tools for patrons
  • Circulation, borrower and fees management
  • Acquisitions, cataloguing, authority control, serials
  • Koha 3.0 is OAI-PMH compatible
  • FRBR-style results display
  • True n-tier architecture
  • Granular permissions in the administration module
  • Branch flexibility and control
  • Easily create records from scratch or download records from free sources
  • Customize record types and locations to match your needs
  • Web-based search engine integrates with your existing intranet
  • Can easily integrate with existing member’s database
  • Manage digital objects
  • Reading-level, abstracts, thumbnail cover images
  • Full utilization of record metadata
  • Incorporate digital resources directly into the catalog results
  • Integrated federated searches for databases and other external resources
  • Library standards compliance (MARC, Z39.50)
  • A powerful full-featured search engine
  • Scalability from a thousand to tens of millions of records
  • Multiple record formats (MARC, XML, etc.)

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