I can't speak to the oss applications, but do have some experience with
We're using Inmagic's DBTextWorks and WebPublisher for a small library
catalog (UW Rome Center), some archival and special collections, and other
small sets of bibliographic data. It works well in our environment as
it's allowed library staff to publish small datasets without
scripting/programming knowledge. The app is fairly well-behaved and
Inmagic's support and documentation have improved greatly over the years.
Staff haven't had any problems with the desktop client.
However, the WebPublishing app is Windows based, so you'll need to check
with your IT department to see if they support that environment. It can
run on Apache or IIS. Installation and maintenance on either webserver is
fairly straightforward. You'll need at least one client (also Windows) to
setup the database and interface, but from there on data input, search,
and display can all be done via a web browser.
The above combination is a little bit different than the Inmagic app
marketed to libraries. Our setup doesn't do many of the library-specific
things, but if all you need is a catalog (no integrated circulation) for
input, querying, and display, DBTextWorks/WebPublisher might fit your
FWIW, it was pretty easy to export the Rome Center catalog data from its
original database to Inmagic and for staff to update records. You can see
examples of what our staff have done with Inmagic at
Hope this helps,
Head, Web Services
Information Technology Services
University of Washington Libraries
On Mon, 21 Jun 2004, Jens Iverson wrote:
:I'm new to the list, and hope you can help me. I need a recommendation for
:catalog software for a physical library. I work for a network of human
:rights groups that have amassed a sizable archive of materials related to
:the International Criminal Court. External organizations (law libraries,
:the Court) have asked us about our materials, but the truth is is that we
:really don't know as well as we should what we have. My summer project is
:to organize our archives and make recommendations for future ICC
:documentation. Annette Demers, a Harvard law librarian I've worked with on
:this issue for a while, recommends a commercial program for the task at
:hand. Inmagic DB/textworks for libraries looks like a good program which
:would mesh with some partner institutions and would extend to electronic
:texts, of which our website has thousands as static files. On the other
:hand, I think my tech staff would rather support OSS. Our member
:organizations may also benefit from OSS if they want to try parallel
:projects. I am not sure as to our short and long term budget for library
:software and hardware.
:My short-term needs are fairly simple: I need to get an inventory of boxes,
:perhaps the equivalent of about 200 boxes. Currently I have a very simple
:filemaker database which I'm trying to incorporate basic fields as well as
:standard fields from Z39-85:
:Journal Volume #
:Journal Issue #
:Place of Publication
:Date of Publication
:Many of these fields are not appropriate for a box of materials.
:I don't want to reinvent the wheel, however, and I don't want to leave the
:project with a poor foundation. I was involved with an effort to create the
:Documentation Center of Cambodia based on WinISIS, and it was a mess.
:I've reviewed oss4lib.org and other websites (including
:<http://126.96.36.199/opendl/free-software.htm>. Greenstone seemed of
:particular interest given its multilingual emphasis, I've installed a copy
:and played around with it, but it doesn't seem to be ideal for physical
:collections. For physical collections phpmylibrary and koha seem like
:possibilities, but maybe a little difficult for me to start with.
:Hope that's clear enough to allow for useful responses.
:Thank you very much,
: Documentation consultant
: Documentation@... / documentation@...
: NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)
: International Secretariat main email: cicc@...
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