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Tools to Empower Librarians

Tools to Empower Librarians

Open source software is a popular choice for libraries and librarians, not simply because recent austerity measures in many developed countries have tightened available budgets. The ability to customise the software for a library's particular needs, the potential for interoperation with other software, and the lack of license restrictions makes open source software attractive.

Modern libraries need robust, scalable and flexible software to make their collections and services attractive, especially as digital libraries are radically transforming how information is disseminated. There are very few barriers to any library adopting an open source library system.

To provide an insight into the quality of software available, we have compiled a list of 8 tools that help librarians embrace web technology. The software is a fairly eclectic bunch, so hopefully there will be something of interest for any librarian.

Now, let's explore the 8 tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources and reviews. For more open source software for libraries, check out the excellent resource, FOSS4LIB.

Tools for Librarians
SubjectsPlus Manage interrelated parts of a library website
LibKi Reservation and time management system
Guide on the Side Create online, interactive tutorials
ATutor Designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind
OpenRoom Simple online interface for managing and reserving rooms
BibApp Campus Research Gateway and Expert Finder
VIVO Semantic researcher networking
Brushtail Intranet developed for public libraries

If you are looking for a library management system, check out our earlier article highlighting the finest open source library management systems.

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