Finally! Kenya Polytechnic University College Library has gone live with Koha 3.8 after close to half a year of implementation. The college which is located at the central Business district of Kenyan Capital – Nairobi, is a constituent college of the University of Nairobi.
The Library joins a quickly growing list of other Kenyan academic libraries that have recently switched to Koha ILS including Zetech College and Kenyatta University.
Prior to switching to Koha, the library was using a library module built into the institution’s ERP – POLYMIS that has been in use for many years at the institution. However, the need to modernize the services and make the library more available, especially over the internet to serve remote users prompted the need for change. Community support, Open Source technology and ability to customize the system to suit local needs was the key driving reason for choosing Koha.
The institution’s Chief Librarian, Sarah Kibugi initiated the project that culminated to the system launch in July. According to Sarah, this is just the beginning of the many changes that the library users will see, promising that the library will soon launch an Open Institutional Repository among other new services.
The migration to Koha for Kenya Polytechnic took over six months because of the need to convert data from the old system to MARC compliant format, training users and staff and rolling over patron records and data. Busara Core Solutions is offering the technical support and maintenance for the system.
You may access The Kenya Polytechnic Library Catalogue on the web at http://library.kenyapolytechnic.ac.ke