Practical Open Source Software for Libraries

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries, 1st Edition

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries, 1st Edition,Nicole Engard,ISBN9781843345855


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Key Features

  • Provides a toolbox of practical software that librarians can use both inside and out of the library
  • Draws on the author’s wide-ranging practical experience with open source software both in and out of the library community
  • Includes real life examples from libraries and librarians of all types and locations


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.

Nicole Engard

Nicole C. Engard is the Director of Open Source Education at ByWater Solutions. Her primary role is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha Integrated Library System. Prior to this she worked in both Special and Academic Libraries and attended Juniata College where she received her BA in Literary Studies and Computer Programming and Drexel University where she completed her MS in Library and Information Science. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole has been published in several library journals and keeps the library community up to date on web technologies via her website "What I Learned Today…" (www.web2learning.net). Some of Nicole’s previous publications include articles in Computers in Libraries, ONLINE Magazine, and the Journal of Hospital Librarianship and columns in Collaborative Librarianship. She is also the editor of Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data (http://mashups.web2learning.net) published in 2009. For her innovative uses of technology in libraries, Nicole was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers in 2007.

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ByWater Solutions, USA

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries, 1st Edition

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.

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…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
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