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Experience of systems migration at the University of Botswana Library: a case study

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Purpose ‐ To share experiences of the University of Botswana Library (UBL) in migrating from the TINLIB to Innopac library automation systems. Design/methodology/approach ‐ Discusses various steps involved in system migration at UBL. Provides a historical background of UBL, the reasons for migration, selection of the system and implementation. Details training on the new system, with emphasis on cataloguing and acquisitions. Findings ‐ Emphasises the need to prepare ahead and plan well before the implementation of the system. Indicates data conversion steps used for both TINLIB and CDS/ISIS data and various problems encountered in translating non-MARC data into USMARC. Research limitations/implications ‐ The emphasis is on Technical Services leaving out circulation and periodicals modules. Practical implications ‐ Provides a case study for libraries to consider during the library automated system migration and training. Originality/value ‐ The paper is a case study of the UBL system migration, intended to help other libraries in planning the change.

Keywords: Botswana; Cataloguing; Data handling; Library management; Library systems

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00330330510610582

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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