Tellico could be a good stand-alone cataloging program for individuals or small libraries who find Koha too daunting.
I have about 1,400 books in my personal library and use LibraryThing to keep them cataloged but it has all the downsides of web site based programs. (slow interface, privacy issues, etc.)
The biggest strength of Tellico is it’s ability to retrieve data from a wide variety of on-line resources including Google Books, Amazon and Library of Congress. If your book has a good ISBN number, the program works great. It is especially great for adding new records to the catalog.
I had less luck importing titles from my current collection after I downloaded the ISBNs from LibraryThing. Tellico found less than half the records although, presumably, LibraryThing has solid records.
Another seeming strength is its ability to import records from a wide variety of file formats but, in practice, it didn’t work so well for me. I also have a Goodreads account but could not get that feature to work, even though that feature is prominently listed. I did have success with a a CSV file exported from Library Thing although all my tags, call numbers, and personal comments disappeared, despite my having worked hard to maintain them during the import.
For me, this is a deal breaker — programs must never, ever delete data! It happened to me three times, so I don’t think it was user error.
Even so, I could imagine Tellico being useful for some people if they needed no custom cataloging information since Tellico seems to work fine with the pre-defined fields. It also might be worth keeping installed just for the ability to search multiple book databases for cataloging information.
Description: Stand alone cataloging software with useful connections to on-line databases. Runs on Linux.
License: GNU (free and open source)
Alternative: Koha, Evergreen, Goodreads, LibraryThing
Rating: potentially useful