Tag Archive for 'Open Source'

The highs and lows of Open Source

The ongoing adoption of Open Source is very evident at the Puerto Rico IFLA Congress. The accpetance of Integrated Library management and Digital Library solutions is resulting in adoption across a broad range of small and medium-sized libraries, sometimes with mixed results.

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Open source and open engagement technology

I deal every day with Special Libraries, and am constantly impressed by the extraordinary results they delivery with often meagre resources. The bulk of the library profession has, of necessity (and perhaps inclination), oriented to setting strong standards and leaving the delivery of information systems in the hands of commercial vendors.

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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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