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1 Irakli Garibashvili Georgian Library Association OpenBiblio in GeorgiaIrakli GaribashviliGeorgian Library Association
2 Pre-FOSS situation (before 2005) Almost no Georgian library had ILSThose having OPACs, had commercial systems with problems with Georgian language/scriptMain obstacle for having ILS wasPrice – libraries in Georgia still are very poorly supportedLocal needs – scripts (most of Georgian libraries have materials at least in 3 scripts – Georgian, Cyrillic, LatinLibrarians mostly were not aware of MARC standards and online tools.
3 OpenBiblio – advantages Easy to learn – almost all functions could be learnt in practice (even beginners do this in 1-2 days)Easy to install – we make installations on:Websites of libraries – PHP/MySQL support neededFree hosting servers – most of them provide environment sufficient for OpenBiblio workLocal computers (for libraries with just several PCs an no Internet connectivity) – Windows or UNIX platforms
5 OpenBiblio - disadvantages Too simple – lack of functionality (e.g. no support for URLs in fields, no user interactivity, no MARC export, no field indicators, not full MARC21, no support for UNIMARC)New versions add functionality!
6 Windows platformWe use additionally a simple PHP/MySQL server – “Uniserver”. All pack is pre-installed on a Flash stick and can be just copied to PC.Many libraries prefer to start with this option (PC + intranet on LAN) and later move database to online server.This overcomes connectivity problem, but OPAC is just accessible inside a library (or school)
7 Online installationApache/MySQL is a standard for majority of modern hosts – makes installation very straightforward (just need to follow instruction file)For libraries which do not have websites yet – variety of free hosting solutions a possible.Makes OPAC visible for users everywhere, but needs good connectivity. Offline circulation introduced recently!!
8 Training During a training we : Make final setup together with library staff (names, opening hours, language, landing rules, fees, types of materials, collections, etc.)Teach all functions (administration permissions are given to local administrators)Make entries together with staff and teaching some good practicesProvide ID/Passwords and permissions to staff membersGive contact/support data
20 Openbiblio is used in our training center for introduction into e-cataloguing
21 Current situation (since a launch of FOSS program) OpenBiblio is installed in more than 100 libraries (schools, colleges, academic, public,…)KOHA is installed in 5 librariesEvergreen 2 installations (joint OPAC of 20 libraries)More than 400 librarians received training
22 Links Georgian Library Association – www.gela.org.ge OpenBiblio page -User Manual (Georgian)