VALA2010 Session 12 Greenhill

VALA20120Taking matters into our own hands: influencing factors and concerning factors for libraries that developed Open Source library software

Thursday 11 February 2010 10:30 – 11:00
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperKathryn Greenhill, 2008 VALA Travel Scholar

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Libraries that develop Open Source library software are influenced by a number of factors. The insights from this group are useful for library staff who are considering adopting Open Source library software. The author surveyed and interviewed staff who developed Scriblio, SOPAC2, VUFind, Blacklight, Koha and Evergreen. She also interviewed librarians who specified the Open Library Environment. The interviews and questionnaires revealed a common attitude to the cost of Open Source Software; similar concerns about speed and process for enhancements to proprietary library software; and similar satisfaction with the control and community that Open Source software has brought to their library operations.