"The open source movement and libraries have a lot in common,
not the least of which is the belief in free and open access to
ideas and information. Yet, until recently, libraries have been
slow to switch to open source software. Libraries have highly
specialized software needs because the library community has
developed its own complex standards and protocols to facilitate
things like interlibrary loan, meta data sharing, and federated
searching. Until recently, lack of commercial support made
implementing open source unfeasible for libraries without an IT
staff. Also, open source alternatives weren't perceived as scalable
or feature-rich enough to handle the complex needs of most
libraries. Now, commercial support has facilitated new levels of
collaboration between libraries through sponsored development.
"Today several companies worldwide have committed to supporting
and developing open source software for libraries..."