Handy Library Manager
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Free import service, common errors.

You are not sure how to import your data?

Let us know. We will try to process your library data or will send you additional instructions. Send us your data in excel, text, or marc file. We will check if there are any inconsistencies:
  • some libraries use ISBN values as barcode numbers
  • date values are in the wrong format
  • numerical fields are in the wrong format
  • patron names are split into two, three columns
  • duplicate barcode values
  • ...

library data, date format
  • date value in the wrong format
  • it will be saved as "Sep 27"
  • it will import to our system in the wrong form that will cause error
  • date should be in the windows short form (YYYY/MM/DD, or other variations )

library data, number format
  • number in the wrong format
  • it will be saved as "9.78123E+11"
  • it will import to our system
  • wrong value will be imported to our system

library data, concatenate data
  • Your spreadsheet data file has patron name in two columns: first name and last name.
  • We can add column that will automatically process your data and create column with the following value: "last name, first name".
  • We can concatenate two or more columns in the excel spreadsheet and create data values accepted by handy library software.


Question:
I do work for Mayfield United Methodist Church. They are still running on Athena 9.2 from Follett Software. We are interested in migrating to your software Handy Library Manager. Would you be able to assist us in migrating the data to the Handy Library format? I don't know the format of Athena but the below claim was on your web site so perhaps you can assist us.

Answer: You can send us your library data in excel spreadsheet format, formatted text file, or MARC file. We will evaluate the file and try to process it in one business day.


Question: Import from FileMakerPro 9 with a small-library module into Handy (3400 books)? What is best intermediate transfer method? How about importing JPGs from FileMaker's "Container Field" (used to show book cover images) - that is, is there a way to transfer our data from the FileMaker program so that the JPGs stay with their book's data? ... Can you do direct import out of a FileMaker data base? Are you working on that?

Answer: You can review your application and check your library application export features. I would suggest exporting to excel spreadsheet format. You can send the file to us for evaluation and transfer. We processed hundreds of library files. It takes us less than one business day to process the data conversion. To display book covers in our program, you can transfer the image file to our program's corresponding book cover data field.



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