Monthly Archive for December, 2009

Reflections on an Open Source year

In Australia we have seen the first inklings of Governmental libraries adopting open source for their OPAC or Digital Library and widening interest – particularly from Special Libraries. The process of open source adoption is not trivial but does have immense potential for the “specials”. One of the more disappointing challenges faced by libraries switching to open source are the “exit fees” I have seen proprietary software vendors charge for simply exporting their catalogue data (generally just a MARC and patron data dump). Exorbitant charges simply to generate MARC data hardly do credit to the commercial library vendors and do not say a lot for the capabilities of their software.

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