What kind of cheap/affordable cataloging software is out there for small libraries?
My mother is a librarian who manages a small library of reference books for the company of a friend. They have about 2200 volumes. She currently uses a 20 year old copy of ProCite
for DOS and using it has become increasingly infeasible, especially with regards to creating a printed catalog, which currently involves several hoops: printing to a plain text file, getting that file out of the VirtualBox DOS VM that we use to run it, then loading that text file into Word for printing.
So, what are her options? A newer version of ProCite for Windows, perhaps, but it looks like it hasn't been updated in a decade. Also, it really is for managing bibliographies, not a library catalog, but since her needs are pretty simple, it or other bibliographic software may work. I've used BibDesk on the Mac, but she has a Windows machine.
Being able to print catalogs by title, author, subject heading, and Dewey number are definite needs. Letting the company's employees easily access the catalog on a computer would be an absolute plus, but the printed catalogs are still necessary.
Anything that can import from any sort of text format should be ok; I should be able to massage the text export from the old ProCite into just about anything.