Practical Open Source Software for Libraries


  • Nicole Engard, ByWater Solutions, USA

Open source refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. This means libraries gain more flexibility and freedom than with software purchased with license restrictions. Both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles. Practical Open Source Software for Libraries explains the facts and dispels myths about open source. Chapters introduce librarians to open source and what it means for libraries. The reader is provided with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


Book information

  • Published: September 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-585-5


…an excellent resource for students, librarians and information management specialists., Catholic Library World
This book is recommended for any librarian interested in learning more about open source options, and for general library studies collections., Online Information Review

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction to open source: What is open source? Community and open source; Debunking the myths; Open source and libraries. Part 2 Practical applications for libraries: Open source for day to day operations; Open source web access; Open source media applications; Open source on the web; Open sourcing collections; Open source research tools; Open source library automation.