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Prof. Malahat Kaleem Sherwani, Ms. Ammarah Siddiqui and Ms. Amna Shamim

Ex Chairpersons DLIS UOK, CHief Librarian UOK and Bait AL Hikmah Library of Hamdard University
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Challenges and problems in transferring an In House System based Digital Catalogue into Open Source system (Koha) A case study of BHL By: Prof. Malahat Kaleem Sherwani, Ms. Ammarah Siddiqui and Ms. Amna Shamim   ABSTRACT Now a days many Libraries in process of transforming the manual catalogues into a database in form of Digital Catalogue. Koha, because of it is an Open source and contains a complete integrated system is the preferable choice of librarians of the developing countries. But there are many challenges and problems occurred and made the task difficult. Presently the Bait AL Hikmah Library of Hamdard University is also in process of converting its in-house based digital catalogue and library system and services into Koha. The paper is a case study of the existing system, there drawbacks and limitations, reasons for choosing Koha, and finally the challenges and problems being faced so far in the process. There are two types of problems are being identified:  Localized and limited to the specific features of the in-house system in used and secondly generalized which are commonly faced by libraries when going through the process of adaptation of Koha

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