The Gap diocese library chose the Open Source Source ILS Koha and the help of BibLibre for its library. BibLibre will handle the migration from Paprika, the staff training and will provide ongoing Koha support services.
Hélène Biarnais, librarian in charge of Mgr Depéry Gap diocese library spoke of the move to Koha:
Koha is an easy to use and pleasant to handle software. Our readers appreciate being able to do their research before coming to the library. Our choice fell on Koha and Biblibre because several libraries of our ecclesiastical province work with this software. It will be one more tool to pool our actions.
The library of Gap diocese
The library has about 50,000 volumes, and 32,000 of them have been cataloged. These are mainly religious books, but also history, philosophy, literature, art books …
The local fund includes works dealing with Provence and Dauphiné. A particular emphasis is placed on the diocese of Gap and Embrun and Hautes-Alpes. There are books on local history, but also the texts of local authors, Jean Giono Jean Mansir, through Marcel Pagnol and Jean Peurois. The library also has a mission of preserving precious works. And the old collection, consisting of 2500 volumes, contains treasures: fine editions of the sixteenth century, old Bibles, books of liturgy volumes richly engraved armorial bindings …
To visit the library catalog of the diocese of Gap (french): http://catalogue.diocesegap.biblibre.com/
BibLibre is a french company integrated in 2007. It’s one of the leader in providing Open Source solutions for libraries. Today, BibLibre help more than 90 libraries, of all size, including 7 french universities, running Koha and other Open Source softwares (Piwik, JasperReports, Omeka,…). For more information please visit: http://www.biblibre.com
Koha is the first free and open source software library automation package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers, and support companies from around the world. Full-featured ILS. In use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic or advanced options. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more. Free Software / Open Source. Koha is distributed under the Free Software General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later. For more information please visit: http://koha-community.org