March 21 - 23, 2012
E203 – Open Source Trends & Migration
Thursday, March 22, 2012
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Independent Consultant and Founder of Library Technology Guides, Founder of Library Technology Guides
Libraries have a natural affinity with open source software, and many have implemented it for their strategic automation infrastructure, including ILS and discovery systems. In his analysis of the library automation industry, Breeding tracks the pace of adoption of open source library automation. Come hear his perspectives on the current and emerging trends of open source in the industry relative to proprietary products and how it fares relative to broader trends such as comprehensive resource management, cloud computing, and new-generation discovery. McDermott provides a case study based on a directive from City Hall: Ditch the $60,000 ILS and migrate to an open source system — in the next 3 months. After the contract was signed with Lib Lime, California’s Crowell Public Library did in 6 weeks what usually takes half a year, going live with Koha, an integrated library system essentially written by volunteers. Hear about the perils and the joys of embracing a new ILS technology that is almost ready for prime time.
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