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Weekly Tips 1 February 2007

By Rachel | February 1st, 2007 | Comment?

Open Source Software Provides a Low-cost Alternative
January 31, 2007

Open source software is hot right now! More and more libraries are looking to these applications as a low-cost way to get things done.

Three examples of large-scale open source library projects:

  • Evergreen is an open source ILS developed by the Georgia Public Library Service. Read more in this recent LJ article.
  • Howard County Library created a customized version of Linux for library use on staff and public computers.
  • Info Island on Second Life (which is all open source) is a virtual library providing services to Second Life residents.

Or, maybe you’re just looking for an alternative to a single application. Here are a few resources for free software (open source or freeware) that will work well, without the risk of crashing your system:

  • Do you know what you need to do, but don’t know whether there’s open source/freeware available? Check out the lists at eConsultant.
  • These sites offer a variety of commonly useful applications: Starving students and TTCS.

Want to learn even more? Check out the open source pathfinder on WebJunction

Drawing Winner

Congratulations to Doreen Hannon of the Salem-South Lyon District Library. She won the drawing associated with our recent survey and is now the proud owner of a stainless steel WebJunction mug!

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