Monday, September 10, 2007

University Libraries Explore OSS Options

Via Birdie at LISNews, an article from E-Commerce Times on increasing use of OSS in university libraries.

OSS learning management system (LMS) Moodle now used in 56 percent of universities and "an increasing number of content management and portal systems are also open source, and many university libraries are involved in setting up open source repositories." Koha and Evergreen are mentioned as popular OSS library systems in the US and Australia. The Oxford University Library chose Moodle as its LMS and is implementing a CMS called MySource Matrix, derived from Squiz.

OSSWatch manager Randy Metcalfe wisely points out, though, that "open source is not the key feature; the key feature is value for money."

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