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Brief description of open source and open source ILS options. Some discussion of the Nebraska PIONEER project.

Brief description of open source and open source ILS options. Some discussion of the Nebraska PIONEER project.

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  • I hope you give you a little bit of background about what exactly is open source and then give you some information on an Open source ILS project that I am currently directing.


  • 1. Open Source Integrated Library Systems
  • 2. What is Open Source?
  • 3. The WHOLE definition
    • Free Redistribution
    • Source Code
    • Derived Works
    • Integrity of the Author’s Source Code
    • No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
    • No Discrimination Against Field of Endeavor
    • Distribution of License
    • License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
    • License Must Not Restrict Other Software
    • License Must be Technology-Neutral
  • 4. Myth #1: An OSS/ILS is too complicated.
  • 5. Myth # 2: Only large libraries or systems can do an OSS/ILS.
  • 6. Myth #3: An Open Source system is not as good as a proprietary system.
  • 7. Myth #4: An OSS/ILS is free!
  • 8. Myth #5: Open Source Software is not secure
  • 9. Who is using an OSS/ILS
  • 10.
    • “ On September 5, 2006, over 250 libraries in the Georgia consortium, PINES, began using a next generation integrated library system (ILS) they wrote from scratch. Within two months they racked up two million checkouts and half-a-million renewals for a collection of eight million items and 1.5 million borrowers.”
    • “ Dawn of a Era,” Library Journal, February 15, 2007
  • 11. Koha As of December 10, 2008 there were 572 libraries registered as Koha users. “… but I know for certain that many many Koha libraries ‘in the wild’ aren’t represented there.” Josh Ferraro, CEO, LibLime
  • 12. Where in Nebraska?
  • 13. PIONEER project
  • 14. the PIONEER pioneers
            • Bellevue Public Library
            • Grand Island Public Library
            • Gretna Public Library
            • Holdrege Area Public Library
            • Lincoln City Libraries
            • Omaha Public Library
            • St. Paul Public Library
  • 15. How Much?
  • 16. Savings
  • 17. Questions
  • 18.
    • Greg Mickells
    • Lincoln City Libraries
    • [email_address]