Transition from Closed to Open: Case of Integrated Library Automation Software in India

Gireesh Kumar, T. K. and Muruli, . Transition from Closed to Open: Case of Integrated Library Automation Software in India. Informatics Studies, 2017, vol. 4, n. 4, pp. 13-21. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Prior to Open Source Integrated Library Systems (OSILSs) availability, libraries found two alternatives to automate their housekeeping operations - either develop an exclusive in-house software system or purchase a commercial one. Commercial packages differ with each other on pricing and license agreements and function modules. Now, many libraries are shifting from such traditional proprietary automation systems where the cost of software is assumed to be a major concern, to free/open source system considering the flexibility and adaptability in using and customizing it to fit their local needs. The study evaluates the rate of adoption of OSILS in Indian libraries to understand the trend in comparison with proprietary systems available. Also examines attitude and perceptions of Indian library community towards adopting OSILS. The challenges confronted by the library community in adopting OSILS and the reasons for migrating to it are also examined. The study found Koha to be a favored OSILS option to which many Indian libraries are migrating. The study also found that acceptance of OSILS in higher education libraries in India is much higher than that of school and public library system where proprietary systems still dominate.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Library Automation, OSILS, Open Source, Integrated Library System, MIS, Software, ILMS, OSILMS, Koha.
Subjects: K. Housing technologies.
L. Information technology and library technology > LJ. Software.
L. Information technology and library technology > LQ. Library automation systems.
Depositing user: Dr. Gireesh Kumar T. K.
Date deposited: 31 Jul 2020 06:45
Last modified: 16 Sep 2020 20:05


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