Hi Frank,

That's a fairly broad set of questions. My library currently uses Alma but there are heaps of systems out there. is a good place to get an idea of who uses what. If you create an account you can run an advanced search eg "all libraries in New Zealand using Alma".

As for launching a new system, it really depends what data you have to start with. If you're starting with an old card index, or nothing, then you'd probably want to... say scan all the ISBNs/ISSNs into a list and try and get records for these all from WorldCat or something, but you'd need a lot of manual intervention (especially as you'd need to add holdings and local barcodes/RFID/whatever).

But if you're starting with the records in some electronic form already, then you'd want to work with your new vendor to try and import those from whatever format you're already using.


-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Frank Guerino
Sent: Sunday, 19 March 2017 1:46 p.m.
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Question About Library Managements Systems and Loading of Data/Artifacts

Hi All,

I¹m curious to learn:

1. What Library Management Systems (LMSs) system do you use to manage your Libraries and all Library Artifacts?
2. How do you seed your artifacts (books, journals, etc.) into your LMSs?
So, for example, when launching a new system for the first time, how do you seed it with all your books, journals, etc.?  Do you have things like CSV seed files or do you enter all artifacts one at a time?
Thanks for your help,

Frank Guerino, Managing Partner
The International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT)
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