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Librarian as data migrator: a functional pathway from Millennium to Koha

Todd, Christopher (2018) Librarian as data migrator: a functional pathway from Millennium to Koha. Digital Library Perspectives, 34 (1). pp. 60-69. ISSN 2059-5816

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This case study aims to demonstrate that in-house integrated library systems migration can be accomplished by a dedicated team of librarians without advanced tools or prior experience with data migration or systems integration.


This migration was accomplished by academic librarians using freely available tools: OpenOffice Calc, MarcEdit and the Koha Integrated Library System.


The data migration pathway presented here was developed and successfully used to transfer over 48,000 records in less than two months.

Practical implications

This case study presents an original process that is particularly effective for smaller libraries.


While similar case studies exist, most employ expensive third-party contractors for data migration or rely heavily on institutional IT departments.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Todd, Christopherchris.todd@pitt.educrt450000-0002-4498-2953
Date: 2018
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Digital Library Perspectives
Volume: 34
Number: 1
Publisher: Emerald Insight
Page Range: pp. 60-69
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1108/dlp-09-2017-0035
Schools and Programs: University libraries > Barco Law Library
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Systems integration, Koha, Integrated library system, Data migration, Library cataloging, Millennium
ISSN: 2059-5816
Official URL:
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2018 13:54
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2018 13:54


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