Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Conclusions and Observations

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Conclusions and Observations

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The new developments in the open source ILS arena show a group of products offering respectable functionality for libraries. While not suitable for all types and sizes of libraries, there are viable alternatives to specific sectors of the library automation market. It's not a panacea--open source ILS products and the companies that support them include both strengths and weaknesses that warrant objective consideration.

We're past the pioneering days of open source library automation. The realm of open source ILS products no longer belongs only to libraries with advanced technology resources. There are only a small minority of libraries that take on open source ILS implementations completely on their own. The majority of libraries selecting an open source ILS opt to work with a company that provides a complete set of implementation and support services. Though early in the market adoption cycle, open source ILSs are well within the mainstream of the library automation industry.

The emergence of open source ILS products and the companies that create them or provide support has altered the dynamics of the library automation industry. We can expect an increasing number of libraries to move to open source ILS support models. Some of the vendors offering proprietary systems have not necessarily delivered products and service that meet basic expectations or have failed to maintain the trust and confidence of their library customers; they stand vulnerable to the rising open source ILS movement. …

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