Thanks to SIS Assistant Professor Vandana Singh and her research team, a new Open Source Integrated Library Systems (ILS) website was launched earlier this month. The website offers libraries the chance to control their data, customize their software and choose from multiple support sources. It seeks to be a key starting point for librarians who are new to OSS ILS.
It is the first website to consolidate resources for common library systems. Open Source ILS is the product of a multi-year IMLS grant-funded study of technical support options for proprietary and open source ILS.
Choosing an ILS is a major step for any library system and requires librarians to evaluate the features, costs, and ongoing maintenance requirements of the system. Open Source ILS is an effort to create a portal that contains useful information about different systems and the steps necessary to migrate to them. Links to additional information are included for each subject. These sources include vendor websites, community documentation, and a variety of technical support resources. Open Source ILS lists resources for each facet of the ILS migration process so that librarians can easily access them from a single location. Other features of the website include an internal blog, a forum, and screencast tutorials.
Since the new website was announced, it has experienced an impressive number of visits. Singh expressed her delight at seeing the number of countries accessing the site and for the encouraging feedback she has received from colleagues and users across the country. The site’s user map shows visitors from Trinidad to Dublin, Ireland to Jefferson City, Missouri. Word travels fast when researchers such as Singh create new cost efficient ways of accessing much needed information. Visit the new site at http://opensourceils.com.