The National Archives of the United Kingdom has replaced its library catalogue of published works with a new open-source system called Koha. Named after a Maori custom that can be translated as gift or donation, Koha is software that is freely available for download from the internet. The system is being supported by PTFS Europe, and will provide both cost and time savings for The National Archives.
The new, entirely web-based system uses the data transferred from the previous library catalogue and is consistent with the look and feel of the TNA website.
While the standard search function remains, there are also a number of new features that will benefit users, including an RSS feed to a monthly new books lists, images of book covers pulled through from Google Books, and access to bibliographies on specialist subjects created by records specialists at The National Archives.
You can read more on The National Archives web site at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/603.htm.
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