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Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole Engard

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Open source library automation

I remember when my library first introduced the automated catalog. It was a black screen computer with bright green lettering. It was amazing to me that I could now search for the books I wanted without having to finger through the card catalog. We have come a long way since then and have many choices available to us. One of the choices that has recently become more viable is the open source integrated library system.

Open source faces

One obvious way to provide your patrons with better services is to improve the look, feel and functionality of your OPAC (online public access catalog). Although there are proprietary applications to do this, they can be very costly, making your overall library automation budget ...

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