> does anyone know of any good open source library systems? I'm currently
> looking at Koha which is functional but well, my first impressions (and it
> may just be that I haven't delved deeply enough) are a bit on the mediocre
>>http://koha.org/>> I'd like to see what else is around. Is anyone using Koha, or something
> else? Preferably web based but I'm open minded.
Padraic, a (non-techie but capable computer user) friend of mine was
investigating something similar. He's not (yet) a GNU/Linux user but I'd
say he will be in the future. I knew that he had been installing other
web-based library software so I forwarded your email to him. Here's his
(hopefully useful) reply. I'm also including him in the CC list as I'm
sure he would find other feedback on this subject to be useful.
I've set OpenBiblio up on my (windows) computer, which was pretty easy
even though I've no experience with Apache, MySQL or php (I used
something called xampp which bundles them all together). I went for
openbiblio because it seemed very straightforward and will serve the
needs of a small community library very well - the basic package is
decent, there's good forum support and people have put out various
patches and work arounds to catalog things like websites and periodicals
mare efficiently. Anyway check out http://obiblio.sourceforge.net -
there's a working demo on the site. (the sites down right now- 20.20 -
but was working fine this afternoon).
>From the research I've done Koha seems to be the leading open source
system - it just looked a bit complicated and there's no great support
for putting it on Windows - I'm sure that won't put you off but I've
very little experience on Linux. A company called Liblime have put out a
modified version of Koha - check them out at http://liblime.com/. A
third package you might want to look at it Emilda
(http://www.emilda.org/) from the blurb on the page:
"Emilda is a complete Integrated Library System that features
amongst others an OPAC, circulation and administration functions, Z39.50
capabilities and 100% MARC compatibility. MARC compatibility is achieved
using Zebra in conjunction with MySQL."
If you're planning on doing any copy- cataloging you should look at
MarcEdit (http://oregonstate.edu/~reeset/marcedit/html/index.html) it's
vary handy for getting marc records and importing them (into openBiblio
at least) but I'm afraid it's windows based.
If you want a page which links to content in an organised fashion rather
than a system for cataloging and circulation then Greenstone might be
worth looking at -
" Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing
digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing
information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone
is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University
of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and
the Human Info NGO. It is open-source, multilingual software, issued
under the terms of the GNU General Public License."
It's actualy distributed by UNESCO to help develop third world libraries
- find out more at www.greenstone.org.
A good general page for open source software for libraries is
http://www.oss4lib.org/ If you want to read a bit more there's links to
(some) online artcles at this bibliography:
Anyway, I hope some of this helps you out a bit. I'd be interested in
hearing how you get on since I'm hoping to do a bit more work in this
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