An non-profit club I'm associated with is looking into using Koha to
catalogue its in-house circulating library of several thousand books.
Right now there's no catalogue, and the circulation system is a paper
sign-out book. As the resident library techie, I figure I should help
somehow, though my experience isn't with ILSs or OPACs.
The obvious first question is how to get all those books into the system
using volunteer labor. Koha imports MARC records. A barcode scanner to
get ISBNs is an obvious start, but possibly half the books are pre-ISBN,
so they'll have to be entered by hand. The Worldcat API
like the thing for getting metadata from the ISBN, and turning the XML
into MARC won't be hard.
I'm willing to write some code to help them along, but to the extent
that there are free tools that work, it makes sense to do them. Can
anyone with similar experience offer suggestions?
Gary McGath, Professional Software Developer