[Solved] A Library Management Program

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[Solved] A Library Management Program

Postby LJ Bettona » Sun May 11, 2008 11:51 am

I have been given the go-ahead to set up a 'reading room' type library in the small town where I live in Italy. We will need a program to manage the book list, memberships, loans and I don't know what else because I'm not a librarian.

Has anyone in the OO community created such a thing? I'm too much of a Newbie to even think about it. I'm afraid I can't offer us as guinea pigs because the volunteers who will be staffing it would not be able to cope with the inevitable crashes and I can't be around 18 hours a day to hold hands. Most of them will be non-computer literate retirees who email and write letters on their computers and no more.

But if someone out there has a fairly stable system, I'd be willing to try it at home for a while. (I should warn you that I am the ultimate user. At work, they always made me test the systems before they released them. If anyone could find an unthought of route through to a bug, I would!)

Thanks for any help
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Re: A Library Management Program

Postby acknak » Sun May 11, 2008 9:50 pm

I can't imagine that OOo would be a good solution for running a reading room.

I had looked at some of the FLOSS solutions a couple of years ago, but never implemented any. This one seems to be the leader, with a strong community behind it: Koha - Open Source ILS - Integrated Library System. I've seen reports that it is being used in many libraries.
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Re: A Library Management Program

Postby LJ Bettona » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:54 pm

Thanks. For some reason I never received notice of your reply. I just decided to trawl my posts today. I'll make a note of the program and search it out.
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