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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E-journal archiving and open source: two problems may have one solution

IFLA 2009 is in Europe. Attending the IFLA conference is a chance to visit some of the great libraries of the world. These libraries have superb collections of books as well as exceptional collections of journals.

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Open Source moving forward

IFLA IT Section has been intensely engaged with Open Source in the last two weeks. In Rome, the Gobal Centr for ICT in Parliament worked with the ICT Section and the Parliamentary Libraries Section to present the workshop Leveraging Technology for Parliamentary Libraries and Research Services.

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Trying out open source is getting easier

One of the difficulties of testing open source solutions is the range of linux flavours and the difficulties of setting up different test enviornments and switching between them. With virtualisation reaching the desktop now, this process is much easier.

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Open source in libraries

These are exciting times for the systems librarian and the library technologist. This is just as well, as libraries have to be nimble in the electronic age. Less than two decades ago the library management technology scene was a pretty fusty area showing little new innovation. The Internet, Web 2.0 and Library 2.0, along with open source software have created new opportunities.

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Open source come of age for library services

There is a growing excitement among libraries as open source library management systems come of age. With Koha 3 recently released, libraries have a choice of scalable library management systems that will support library networks with highly functional OPAC and library management systems that are Web 2.0 enabled.

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Open source systems bring Web 2.0 to special libraries

I will be presenting our experience in the November International Conference of Medical Libraries (ICML) in Brisbane, Sept 2009 on the topic “Open source systems bring Web 2.0 to special libraries”

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