The Francescan Documentation Center in Assisi chose the Open Source Source ILS Koha and the help of BibLibre for its library. The Francescan Documentation Center and the Società Internazionale di Studi Francescani are located within the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi. BibLibre provide ongoing Koha support and hosting services.
Stefano Cannelli, librarian at the Francescan Documentation Center and Francesca Silvestri from the Società Internazionale di Studi Francescani spoke of the move to Koha:
In 2012 we migrated successfully our catalogs (respectively from CDS / ISIS and CDS / IBIS free softwares UNESCO) to a UNIMARC standard read by various library softwares with appropriate adjustments . With a series of changes on the copy item were possible to transfer our catalog on Koha Open Source with UNIMARC cataloging standard. The program Koha has the characteristics of flexibility and economy that make it suitable to the needs of an ecclesiastical library (ease of use, multiple workstations, ability to insert into the same system more different libraries, full ownership of the data entered, capture from z39.50 servers etc. . etc. . )
The Francescan Documentation Center in Assisi
The Library and Documentation Centre Franciscan of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi is an ecclesiastical library open to the public dependent on the General Custody of the Holy Convent of Friars Minor Conventual.
With assets of approximately 120,000 volumes of books, it specializes in the disciplines of theology, church history and the Franciscan art history and music history. In addition to a large collection of manuscripts and old books, hosts the precious archives of the historical archives of the convent and chapel music of the Basilica of St. Francis. For more information please visit: http://www.istitutoteologicoassisi.it/biblioteca/
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