I said I’d stick with OpenBiblio until I was unhappy. Guess what? I’m unhappy. I started cataloging some Beatles books which got me to thinking, “What happens when I start cataloging Beatles CDs?” OpenBiblio does not handle MARC well. It has a standard template that is loosely based on MARC, but it just feels like it’s going to be terrible when I start going beyond books. The template is way too limited. I started looking up ways to export OpenBiblio data into MARC format, but apparently I would have to actually query my MySQL database and generate a delimited text file from there. OpenBiblio doesn’t have an easy export feature. So I decided to stop where I was and figure out a new ILS.
I went with Koha. It’s fairly elegant and definitely more robust. It was a huge pain in the neck to set up though. There are so many dependencies. I screwed up the installation more than once because I didn’t have all the requisite dependencies. I finally found a good installation manual, and with some copy-paste skills, was able to get it kinda going. I’m not totally there, but I’ll post a link when I am. This will also help me get more accustomed to original cataloging in MARC format. Awesome!