ERIC Number: EJ963354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
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I've Seen the Future, and It's Surprisingly Cheap!
Computers in Libraries, v31 n10 p10-14 Dec 2011
In these difficult economic times, everyone is on the lookout for savings. This author, an adult services librarian at New City Library in New York, has spent the last two years implementing small-scale open source and freeware replacements where proprietary or paper solutions once ruled. While none of these projects is individually revolutionary, the library has learned from each one, and it continues to move forward technologically without requiring more money. Designing and managing a website in-house may seem like a lot of work, but the tradeoff is complete autonomy. No need trying to run down an overworked web designer or calling an unreachable company to make changes. Even better, most open source content management systems (CMSs) allow one to put the website into everyone's hands thanks to powerful blogging elements. This article describes several open source and freeware options that can save a library money without losing the freedom to experiment.
Descriptors: Computer Software, Open Source Technology, Library Automation, Library Development, Change Strategies, Cost Effectiveness, Computer Software Reviews, Computer Software Selection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York