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Librarians, developers push open-source alternative

Nov 29, 2010, 14:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"Librarians, information managers and open-source developers have founded a formal collaborative initiative, Open Network Libraries (ONL), aimed at providing services to library users and staff through the use of open source software.

"Parts of the library sector here are already developers and users of open-source software. One such development is the locally-developed Koha library management system, which has thousands of users internationally but not many in this country.

"There is already a community around open-source library software, says Don Christie of open-source developer Catalyst IT, but it is developer-focused. The support and marketing around Koha and related products is not well coordinated, he suggests."

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