Cost Reduction in Science Library: Aleph to Koha Software

33,000 students
at Polytechnic Institute
1,400 staff
educational programs
book titles
Main Goal
Reduction in annual costs of operating and licensing Aleph software for library management by replacing it with free software.
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Main Сhallenges
Comparative Analysis
Analysis of the world's best practices in using freeware library management software.
Implementing selected Koha library management software.
Retraining customer's librarians and systems engineers in the use of new software.
Integration Links
Replacement of existing integration links between the information systems operated at the institute with Aleph software by new integration links with Koha software.
Ensured seamless integration of Koha software with other legacy library systems, including 3M contactless RFID equipment produced by 3M and Bibliotheca.
Provided users with access to library resources on any device: on a desktop, on a tablet, on a smartphone.
Transfer and placement of library content in the new Koha software from Aleph software and other integrated institute information systems was provided automatically.
Information security of library content was provided at the level of software technology and server equipment, and ensures procedures for access to content.
The project was implemented within four months, taking into account analysis, platform selection, design, implementation, and training. The project provides a contract for 12 months of post-project maintenance. Integration with inherited institute systems was implemented using web-services technology, REST API. The project team included an architect, programmers, systems engineers, and testers.
Convenient search both inside the library and in external electronic catalogs is provided.
Maintainance of the system by the institute's library specialists was provided.
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