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I just read a good article on Motionbuzz.com called Control vs. Responsibility: How to choose the best software for your business. The author is addressing the issues around choosing open source or closed source software and hosting it yourself versus using the vendor for hosting.
As he says below...the option that makes the most sense for you will depend on you or your organizations need for control and the level of responsibility you are equipped to take on.
Good news for all Evergreen Users!
The Software Freedom Conservancy welcomes the Evergreen project as its newest member. Evergreen joins twenty-six other Conservancy members, who receive the benefit of aggregated non-profit status available to all Conservancy member projects. Conservancy and the Evergreen community, including librarians, developers, and documenters, are excited to announce that Evergreen is now a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy.
There was some discussion on the Koha Mailing List recently about how to go about procuring an open source ILS...or at least, how to remain open to the possibility of moving to either an open source or proprietary ILS. The thing about the traditional procurement process is that it makes if very awkward (at best) to unmanageable (at worst) for the open source service providers for two reasons:
Slides from my lightning round at KUDOS Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. The presentation is an entertaining (I hope) history lesson on how Koha came to be and how it changed everything. Trying to give some props to those brave souls that got us going on the open source ILS trajectory!
Open Source software is software that is licensed under one of several Open Source licenses such as BSD, GNU General Public, GNU Lesser General Public, Mozilla Public, and others. Whether they know it or not, every library uses some Open Source software. Linux, Apache Web Server, OpenOffice, GIMP, Audacity, and Firefox browsers are examples of Open Source software many libraries use.
Developed software requirements specification for integrated library system to be developed on open source platform such as Evergreen. This document served as the roadmap for KCLS development efforts over the next several years.
Helped establish and managed the Open Source Open Libraries Consortium in cooperation with Peninsula Library System and Califa. The goal of the consortia was to "empower libraries and library consortia by encouraging participation and collaboration in software products generally, and encouraging them to consider an Open Source Library System such as Koha or Evergreen."
Over the course of the project we moved 9 library systems to Koha and helped three library systems begin evaluating Evergreen and Fulfillment. The project was concluded in October, 2013.
On January 27th, representatives from Arcadia and Los Gatos libraries participated in the Edgy Librarian online conference. The archive is, unfortunately, only available to participants who paid (and presumably already saw the program).
For the program, we did an "Open Source - Open Libraries Update" in which I interviewed the two people from each library who have been most intimately involved in their library's migration to Koha.