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[Koha-devel] questions about koha (from a library)
[Koha-devel] questions about koha (from a library)
Mon Oct 7 12:48:08 2002
There's a largish library that is thinking about using Koha. They've come
up with a long list of questions that they'd like answered, and I'd like
to get some other peoples feedback before I start answering. Please have
a look at these, and reply to those that you feel comfortable talking
1 -- Which operating system, or choice of systems, does the proposed
library automation system run on?
2 -- Is system administration done with command lines or a graphical
module? We should see it.
3 -- What is the backup utility? Does it use tapes?
4 -- Does the system have its own file and disk maintenance
procedures? If so, how are they performed?
5 -- What administrative functions or upgrades require the system to
be off-line, and for how long?
6 -- Is there a backup module for circulation in case the system is
7 -- Describe the way customer support works, what it covers, and
hours of service.
8 -- What is the indexing capability for the catalog? How many
indexes can we have? Can they be customized?
9 -- Describe the capacity for integrating selfcheck machines with
the system. Is it SIP1/SIP2/NCIP compliant?
10 -- What report writing capability does the system have?
11 -- What "canned" reports are available?
12 -- Is there an API available? Can we develop applications that
can directly access the database?
13 -- Is there a function for electronic ordering, such as from
Baker and Taylor? Does B&T support your ordering module?
14 -- What flexibility is there for customizing the catalog? Can
the catalog engine search external databases?
15 -- Is the system client-server or web based?
16 -- What is the capacity for e-mail functions, including e-mail
17 -- Can the system integrate library fines with external payment
interfaces (library cards, etc.)?
18 -- Which RFID vendors have successfully integrated with your
19 -- Can receipt printers work with the system?
20 -- Have you converted DRA Classic sites in the past? Describe
your conversion process. What data can you *not* convert?
21 -- Can your system work with Epixtech's URSA module for
22 -- Do you provide an integrated point of sale module?
23 -- What functions can our public do from home via our catalog --
pay fines? renew items? place requests? renew cards?
24 -- Does the catalog have multi-lingual support?
25 -- What are the options, or lack of, regarding database privacy
(reading records of the public, retrospective history, etc.)?
26 -- Is there support for access via hand-helds?
27 -- What is the database platform? Proprietary? Oracle?
Informix? SQL? Something else?
28 -- Can customized fields be added to either item or patron
29 -- What flexibility is there for searching item and patron
records? Can additional item and patron fields be made searchable?
30 -- Can the system store content (not just indexing) for digital
materials, photographs, e-books, digital audio?
31 -- Can staff get real-time statistics on demand?
32 -- Is there any way for users to get automatic bibliographies on
33 -- Is there any capacity for debit interfaces with functions such
34 -- What kind of hardware do you recommend? Does your
configuration include RAID?
35 -- What database redundancy is built into the system, in case a
disk is lost or corrupted?
36 -- What kind of support do you have for bookmobile operation, eg.
a cache of the whole database changed every day?
37 -- Is there support for cover pages, excerpts, etc., such as we
can purchase from Syndetic?
38 -- Can the public place requests for titles which are on order?
39 -- Is there integrated selector management -- that is, when you
select a title from a database such as OCLC, can it be loaded into the
system and ordered?
40 -- How is access managed to OCLC?
41 -- How are long overdue items managed -- patron notices, credit
bureau reports, masking from the database, etc.? Does the capacity exist to
transfer these items into an auxiliary database?
42 -- Explain the hierarchical nature of database locations (system,
agencies, departments, or whatever).
43 -- How are item statuses used? Can they be converted from DRA
Classic to the new system?
44 -- What is the procedure for processing lost items?
45 -- What kind of transaction statistics are kept for items? For
46 -- How does licensing work? How are fees determined?
47 -- Can the system handle consortia? How does this affect
48 -- What can be controlled by the systems calendar (eg. days when
items are not due, fines not charged, etc.)?
49 -- What kind of patron delinquency statuses are available? Can
patron statuses be converted from DRA Classic?
50 -- Does the catalog allow searching by item (not bibliographic)
51 -- What is the hierarchy of the bibliographic database
(bibliographic records, call number records, item records)?
52 -- What is the system of classifications for materials (material
codes)? Can selfcheck checkouts be limited to specified item
53 -- Can the system allow automatic charges to patron records as
certain classes of items are checked out? Can this feature be used with the
54 -- Is it possible to set up multiple databases within the system?
55 -- Is there a text catalog that can be used for modem access (for
people who are not yet on the Internet)?
56 -- Does the system allow tracking between patron categories and
item categories for circulation statistics?
57 -- Can fine records for patrons be converted to your system from
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