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HELM Migration

Kick-off 2021

  • Details:

            Date: Thursday, January, 28, 2021

            Time: 9:15 am to 12:45 pm


  • Finalized schedule:
  1. Welcome from HELM Executive Committee, 9:15-9:25 am

  2. Introduction to FLO, ByWater, HELM, 9:25-9:40 am

  3. Roadmap, 9:40-10:15 am

  4. Working groups/HELM governance, 10:15-10:45 am

  5. Econtent, 10:45-11 am

  6. Break, 11-11:15 am

  7. OPAC & staff client overview, 11:15-11:45 am

  8. Patron types, item types, circulation rules, notices, course reserves, 11:45-12:15 pm

  9. Messaging your patrons, 12:15-12:25 pm

  10. Next steps, 12:25-12:35 pm

  11. Q&A, 12:35-12:45 pm

Survey Summary

General Background

  • Perceptions of being in a consortium
    • Pros: access to more materials for patrons, group pricing, collaboration with other library professionals
    • Cons: loss of autonomy



  • Perceptions of Voyager:
    • Pros: comfort
    • Cons: notices, reports, automated record loading, customization, price
  • Perceptions of Koha:
    • Pros: browser-based, easy to use for staff, open source, opportunity to clean up data, easier for patrons
    • Cons: new system to learn, no ERM module, unsure about inventory



  • How can we make this migration a success?
    • Hand holding
    • Communication
    • Training follow-ups
    • More exposure to Koha