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ILS on a shoe-string budget: open source software in a non-profit organization
Jolene Bennett and Zachary Osborne
Without the budgetary means to purchase proprietary software or hire consultants, the
Weston Family Library at the Toronto Botanical Garden embarked upon an
ambitious project to migrate its catalogue from InMagic to Koha, an open-source ILS platform. This session outlines the resources and processes that were used,
including volunteer technical expertise, freely available software, and other web
applications in order to migrate non-MARC bibliographic data from InMagic to a usable
format for the new Koha platform. We describe the win-win process of using
volunteer talent in a tight labour market to create an ILS in a non-profit organization.
By recruiting library technician and librarian volunteers, the library gained its necessary catalogue upgrade, and volunteers gained incomparable and marketable experience.