Tue, 08/31/2010 BibLibre announce that at the beginning of July, Nīmes Public Libraries successfully migrated from Loris to Koha and are now live.
"We are very happy with Koha. We used a lot of free software for technical purposes, but it's the first time we move to a free software for the libraries" said Niels Lor, IT Project Manager at Nīmes.
"Nīmes perfectly understand that Free Software is also a matter of sharing, that's why they are sponsoring many improvements. Some of them are already written, and will be integrated in koha 3.4, some are still
underway" said Paul Poulain, BibLibre CEO. The next step will be to update the catalogue with BNF records, and validate some new features. The main one being a tool to automatically update the catalogue with BNF entries during the night (the library does quick & basic cataloguing, and the tool automagically retrieve the full biblio record from a z3950 source)
Ms Sophie Leca, librarian project manager at Nīmes was very happy with the process of migrating datas : "we have a catalog of 500 000 items, including a large old books collection, about Protestantism and local history. We wanted to migrate everything and clean some datas in the process. BibLibre did a wonderful job!"
Nīmes city is in the south of France. It's one of the first 25 largest public library in France, issuing 500 000 books to more than 150k people, in 6 branches and a bibliobus.
BibLibre was incorporated in 2007, building on 5 successful years of work as free-lance consultants in open source softwares in libraries in general, and Koha in particular.
Koha was created in 2000 as the first Open Source Integrated Library System: our early involvement with the project gave us an extended knowledge of librarianship and the needs of librarians in the age of omnipresent internet and open data.
Building on this expertise, we now provide a range of services to libraries: we develop, host, support open source software for libraries and may also help you with migration processes, staff training and software maintenance.