How can we catalog a large library in Guatemala

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How can we catalog a large library in Guatemala

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Mar 16, 2018, 6:01 pm

I am a missionary to Guatemala. I am working with a public library of 20,000 books in Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. They have a staff of 4. They used a commercial inventory and database management system until 2 years ago when the government stopped paying for the service. They lost the service and all records. I just built a MS Access database management system so they can reinventory their books and members. But, 20,000 books? Also, someone "helped" them by destroying all the bar codes on their books as being "unnecessary". So, any ideas, (aside from 6 of us who are in our 70s devoting every waking hour for the rest of our lives to hand entry)? This is one of the best libraries in Guatemala and the service they provide through children's programs, adult education, school assistance and good old fashioned love of books is amazing. We're desperate. We need ideas, even stupid crazy ones. Thanks

Mar 17, 2018, 2:25 am