Vimal kumar V Asst. Librarian Asian School of Business Technopark,Trivandrum
Need for Open Source software
Cost of commercial ILMS is very high
Commercial developers do not reveal the source code
Library have no control over the software
Investing in commercial ILMS is never ending process
Popular commercial ILMS Rs. 50,000 SOUL Rs. 3,50,000 Alice for WINDOWS Rs. 4,50,000 LibSys Rs. 4,50,000 Libsuite Appoximate Price Name
What is Free/Open Source Software?
Free/Open Source software is a computer software whose source code is available under a license that permits users to use , change , and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form. It is often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
Features of Free Software
the freedom to run the program, for any purpose
the freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to local needs
the freedom to redistribute copies so others can benefit from the software
the freedom to improve the program, and release the improved version to the public,
so that the community can benefit
(The Free Software Foundation)
Proprietary cakes can restrict your freedom
GNU General Public License (GPL)
Mozilla Public License
Apache Software License
GNU Free Documentation License
History of Free/Open Source Software
1984 Richard Stallman formed Free Software Foundation (FSF).
1991 Linus Torvalds developed Linux
1994 Red Hat (commercial Linux) company founded.
1998 “Open Source Initiative” was formed
Inadequate technical support
Documentation tends to be limited and aimed at developers. Technical support is usually limited, especially for users of the software.
Many features in ILS are generalist and must be customised before use.
A library may find that it needs to do a great deal more work than anticipated to adapt the software to local needs.
Lack of coordination
The decentralized development of open source
software means that progress can be chaotic and there may be delays in addressing bugs.
Integrated Library Management System (ILMS)
“ an automated library system that is capable of managing the operations of more than one basic library functions”
Modules of library processes in a n ILMS
Free/Open Source ILMS
Avanthi Circulation System
Learning Access ILS
Library standards compliant
Web based interfaces
No Vendor Lock in
Active development process
Community decides what they want
Frequent software releases
Began in 1999 when the Horowhenua Library Trust (HLT) in New Zealand, was looking for a Y2K compliant replacement for their library system
Katipo Communications proposed a new system, using open source tools to be released under the GPL
Koha ( the Maori word for ‘ gift ’ or ‘donation’) went
live at HLT in January 2000, and was the world’s first
open source integrated library automation package
Distributed under GNU GPL licence
It is currently maintained by a dedicated team of
software providers and library technology staff from around the globe .
License: The GNU General Public License Developer: Horowhenua Library Trust, New Zealand Operating System: Linux, Windows, Mac Functional Modules: Acquisition Cataloguing, Circulation, Serial Control, OPAC. Home Page: www.koha.org
Koha features web-based OPAC, circulation and management interfaces, MARC21 and UNIMARC support, Z39.50 server, Online Reservations& Renewals, E-mail Overdue Notifications. Virtual Shelves
OS - Linux, Windows, Mac OS
Programming Language- Perl
CPAN modules Zebra Yaz
How Koha Works? Perl Script MySQL Database Server Library Network
Koha Librarian Interface
Koha Support Koha documentation Discussion forums Wiki Chat Blogs Commercial support -data migration -hosting -customization -development www.koha.org
Koha in India
Koha 3.0 features
Web 2.0 features: RSS feed, user tagging, user
suggestion, user/patron login facility, patron reviews and ranking
Zebra plugin- relevance ranking, field weighting, truncation, stemming, language-specific indexing, sorting, etc.
Online reservations and renewals
RDBMS- MySQL 5.0
spellchecking queries based on database entries
patron reviews and ranking
highlight search terms in results pages
Reserves : send a mail or a SMS when a reserve is available
RFID and self check out
Overdue Notices and more…
What is your commitment? Find bugs Find usability problems Suggest new features Review and inspect source code Submit source code Writing Documentation responding to other users’ questions
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