Library Technology Reports, Open Source: Three-Issue Set

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Save 50% on this special package of three issues of Library Technology Reports on open source software. The ALA Member discount will not be applied to this specially priced set.

The open source software movement has entered the library automation industry. This 3-issue set gives you the tools you need to understand and make decisions about this new aspect of the library automation industry. It provides detailed information about the major open source integrated library systems and the companies that support them.

Inside these Reports:

Opening Up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA: Hype, or Reality? (Marshall Breeding, v45:8)

  • Why Should Libraries Care about Application Programming Interfaces?
  • APIs: Basic Concepts
  • Vendors and Products: Case Studies and Customer Responses
  • API Hype and Reality
  • Conclusions and resources

Open Source Integrated Library Systems (Marshall Breeding, v44:8)

  • Open source versus traditional licensing
  • The Commercial Angle
  • Major open source ILS products (Koha, Evergreen, OPALS, and NewGenLib)
  • Trends in open source ILS adoption
  • Commercial support firms for open source ILS
    Technology components of an open source ILS
  • Standards, features, and functionality of open source ILS

Open-Source Software for Libraries (Casey Bisson, v43:3)

  • In the Beginning …
  • Open Source Takes Shape
  • Why Freedom Matters
  • What Makes Open Source Work?
  • Open Systems, Formats, and Standards
  • Using Open Source
  • Building Open Source
  • Open-Source Software on the Desktop

Marshall Breeding

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, was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, and regularly teaches workshops and presents internationally at library conferences.

Casey Bisson

Casey Bisson, named among Library Journal's Movers & Shakers for 2007 and recipient of a 2006 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for developing Scriblio (formerly WPopac), is an information architect at Plymouth State University. He is a frequent presenter at library and technology conferences and blogs about his passion for libraries, roadside oddities, and hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains at

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.