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[Library a la Carte] Oregon State University is the developer of an open-source course and subject guide web publishing tool for and by librarians. There is a website for more information

Great Free/Open Source Tools for Libraries

  • Audacity -- Free (GPL) audio recording and editing software. Oral history and audio reserves projects; Audacity provides features normally only found in pro commercial audio software. Effects filters remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises from your analog recordings.
  • ht://Dig -- Free (GPL) search engine software. Spider and search your website(s). Configurable and extendable search algorithms, templates, file types, etc. Live implementation: J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
  • Dimdim -- Free web-based webmeeting software. Can be used for virtual reference service, ask a librarian, virtual information literacy. Co-browsing ability. Free for 20 participants.
  • Drupal -- Free (GPL) Content Management System framework with lots of features out of the box and tons of third party modules. Ideal to buid a library website, some modules alloing to provide an OPAC 2.0 frontend for your ILS. PHP MySQL based.
  • Google Docs & Spreadsheets A web browser-based word processor & spreadsheet application based on the Writely beta product that Google acquired in 2006. With this application, you can publish a document or spreadsheet online. It also allows you to collaborate with anyone who has access to a web browser. You can invite other people to read or edit your document by entering their e-mail addresses on a form.
  • Groovix PAC open source Public Access Computing software with SIP2 authentication, time management, reservations; a complete solution for library public computers
  • Instant Instruction Feedback Forms Instant Instruction Feedback Forms are web-based surveys that are designed to offer librarians a simple way to evaluate their information literacy/bibliographic instruction sessions. These forms are open source software and are available for free download under the GNU General Public License.
  • Joomla A free open source content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets. Joomla is licensed under the GPL.
  • Kete - Open source digital library solution.
  • Koha Open Source ILS -- Full-featured Library Automation System, including OPAC, Circulation/Borrower Management, Budget-based Acquisitions, Serials Management, and Reporting/Administrative modules. MARC21 and UNIMARC are supported. Advanced search capabilities, integrated Z39.50 server and client, and self-checkout. Commercial Installation and Support available worldwide from : LibLime. Hundreds of libraries of all sizes and types are using Koha worldwide. The system can support very large collection sizes (tens of millions of records) and is very easy to customize as it's written in Perl, MySQL and uses the Zebra indexing engine for searching.
  • Label Templates in OpenDocument Format for
  • LORLS Open Source Reading List Management System (Loughborough University).
  • Open Journals System OJS assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing.
  • Full suite of productivity software that competes with Microsoft Office.
  • Pre-Book: An Open Source PC Reservation System which includes both a Linux server and GPL'd Windows PC Reservation Client Software commercial installation and support available from Userful
  • PMB Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS) -- Web-based , using PHP, MySQL and ajax. Includes cataloging module (UNIMARC import, Z39.50 connector), circulation , acquisitions, Serials Management and Reporting. OPAC with Simple or Advanced search, category browsing, RSS feeds, web 2.0 functionalities. Available in French, English, Spanish, Dutch. Commercial support available.
  • Prospero An Open Source Internet Document Delivery (IDD) System (The Ohio State University). [NOTE: Development ceased in 2004, although the last release is still available for download and modification.]
  • The Reference Portal The Reference Portal is a departmental intranet that is designed to consolidate web resources, services, and assessment tools for reference librarians. It uses DHTML layers to give librarians instant access to frequently used web resources and allows librarians to record information about reference interactions, workshops, and instruction sessions for evaluation.
  • Sphinx A free full-text search engine, distributed under GPL version 2. A standalone search engine, meant to provide fast, size-efficient and relevant full-text search functions to other applications. Sphinx was specially designed to integrate well with SQL databases and scripting languages. Currently built-in data sources support fetching data either via direct connection to MySQL or PostgreSQL, or using XML pipe mechanism (a pipe to indexer in special XML-based format which Sphinx recognizes).
  • Turn 1 PC into 10 -- open source Groovix SLIM multi-user software from Open Sense Solutions which enables you to run multiple screens, keyboards, and users from a single PC.
  • Turn 1 PC into 2 -- Free (not open source) 2 user version of Userful's Desktop Multiplier software which enables you to run multiple screens, keyboards, and users from a single PC.
  • VLC -- Free (GPL) cross-platform media player/streamer with support for a large number of formats and more.
  • WUBS Open Source Resource Booking System (Loughborough University).

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