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.
Now, let’s explore the 7 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|
|ATutor||Designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind|
|BiblioteQ||Professional cataloging and library management suite|
|LibKi||Reservation and time management system|
|VIVO||Semantic researcher networking|
|Guide on the Side||Create online, interactive tutorials|
|OpenRoom||Simple online interface for managing and reserving rooms|
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