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Making a business case for Open Source ILS

For the March 2008 issue of Computers in Libraries my Systems Librarian column focused on the topic of "Making a Business Case for Open Source ILS." Iím concerned that many of libraries that have decided to move to open source library automation systems have done so mostly on philosophical grounds. They truly believe that open source software provides a better alternative than traditionally licensed software from the incumbent automation vendors. I donít want to argue that point, but I also see that for most libraries, the choice of their core automation infrastructure must be made through official procurement processes that include rigorous assessments of the features and functionality of the software, the long-term stability of the business providing the software, and on a competitive cost analysis. Open source software alternatives will find a broader audience in the library once it can succeed in an open procurement process. In this column I give some of my thoughts on this issue.

Computers in Libraries Mar 2008

The full text of this article is now availble on Library Technology Guides.

Itís not that libraries arenít moving to open source automation systems in fairly high numbers lately. The Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island recently became the first academic library to go live with Evergreen. Iíll be writing a more detailed article on this libraryís migration in for the July 2008 of Smart Libraries Newsletter. The SITKA consortium in British Columbia continues to bring new libraries on board, with the Terrance Public Library as the most recent of the fifteen planned to go live in 2008.

Jun 5, 2008 09:10:46

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