Library Tools

7 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 7 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.

Ratings chart for best free and open source tools for librarians

Let’s explore the 7 tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page. Click the links in the table below to learn all about each tool.

Tools for Librarians
SubjectsPlusManage interrelated parts of a library website
BiblioteQProfessional cataloging and library management suite
LibKiReservation and time management system
ATutorDesigned with accessibility and adaptability in mind
VIVOSemantic researcher networking
Guide on the SideCreate online, interactive tutorials
OpenRoomSimple online interface for managing and reserving rooms

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