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Practical open source software for libraries.


Practical open source software for libraries.

Engard, Nicole C.

Chandos Publishing


242 pages



Chandos information professional series


This guide to the selection and use of open source software provides useful advice and real world examples of the successful implementation of freely licensed applications in the library environment. Beginning with an introductory section providing an overview of the principles, philosophy and advantages of open source software generally, the work then provides a list of specific applications, their uses in libraries and case studies of successful open source deployments including practical installation and use tips and interviews with the staff about the applications. Programs discussed include the Ubuntu operating system, Open Office, Gimp, Scribus, Audacity, a variety of content management packages, including Drupal and Joomla, and several implementations of Online Public Access Catalogs such as Vufind, Koha and Evergreen. Engard is a library technology consultant and the documentation manager for the Koha project.

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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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