Open Source Library Systems: The Current State of the Art

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2017
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Library Technology Reports,  August/September 2017 (53:6)

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.

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

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides (https://librarytechnology.org) and the Libraries.org online directory of libraries. He is the editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter, published by ALA TechSource, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report, published in American Libraries since 2014. He has also edited and authored several books, articles, and book chapters; was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library; and regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations both throughout the United States and internationally at library conferences.

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