VALA2010 L-Plate Session 1 Open Source Library Systems

VALA L PlateMonday 8 February, 13:00 – 13:30

Integrated Library Management Systems (ILMS) that use open source software have been used for at least 10 years. However, with the rapid uptake of open source software across numerous industry sectors in recent time, more and more libraries are considering open source ILMS as an alternative to proprietary systems. This presentation looks at open source ILMS, how they differ from proprietary systems, and what libraries need to consider when looking to implement an open source ILMS.

Presenter: Kathryn Greenhill

Kathryn Greenhill is a well known and respected commentator within the Australian library community. Amoung other things, Kathryn is pasionately interested in the community building capacity of libraries (especially through new technologies), how Web2.0 will change library culture (and the best way to make this a smooth transition), emergent technology training in libraries, and open source.

VALA Travel ScholarKathryn is also the VALA2008 travel scholar As a VALA Travel Scholar Kathryn travelled to the United States and Canada in order to study Alternative Discovery Layers and Open Source Library Management Systems. VALA is therefore delighted Kathryn enthusiastically agreed to introduce the topic of Open Source Library Management Systems to the VALA2010 L Plate Series.

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