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Open Source Library Systems: The Current State of the Art
Marshall Breeding
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5989-3
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, August/September 2017 (53:6)

36 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2017

While propriety software continues to dominate, open source solutions are presenting an alternative to libraries. This issue of Library Technology Reports provides you with an outline of the major open source integrated library systems and library services platforms and their influence on the broader library technology industry. The advantages and disadvantages of both open source and proprietary software will be explored in the report.

Breeding begins this issue of Library Technology Reports by presenting an overview of open source resource management solutions and introducing the current landscape of these products in the industry. The chapters following closely examine the open source resource management systems Koha, Evergreen, TIND, and FOLIO. The report concludes by exploring the impact of open source products on the library automation environment.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Koha: The Original Open Source ILS

Chapter 3: Evergreen

Chapter 4: Kuali OLE (defunct)

Chapter 5: FOLIO: A New Open Source Initiative

Chapter 6: Invenio, or the TIND ILS

Chapter 7: The Impact of Open Source Library Resource Management Systems

About the Author

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter and creator and editor of Library Technology Guides ( He has authored the annual “Library Systems Report” published most recently in American Libraries. He has also edited and authored several books, including Library Technology Buying Strategies. Formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and presents internationally at library conferences.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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