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Unified Resource Discover Comparison

For some time, there has been the hype surrounding discovery systems for libraries. Having an online presence is simply not enough. You need to add widgets, toolbars, web 2.0 goodies and many other bells and whistles. Some places have opted for open source options. Others seek out vendors. So how do you select a discovery service or OPAC for your institution? Andy Ekins from Christ Church University and Lukas Koster from the Library of the University of Amsterdam, NL have a website with a comparison of the major discovery and other OPAC choices out there at: https://sites.google.com/site/urd2comparison/home/comparison. The comparison chart is NOT full proof and there are some things to watch out for. For example, FAST is listed in the chart. Why would the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology be listed? Despite these quirks, Andy and Lukas have compiled a great deal of information on what systems are available and who uses what. It is definitely worth a look if you are new to discovery systems and newer catalog interfaces.


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Are you tired with your ILS? Perhaps you’ve heard of Koha or Evergreen. I just learned of another open source ILS called Kuali OLE. Kuali is a open source extensible service driven library management system geared towards academic and research libraries.

From the website:


Built, owned, governed by the academic and research library community

Supports the wide range of resources and formats of scholarly information

Interoperates & integrates with other enterprise and network-based systems

Supports federation across projects, partners, consortia, and institutions

Provides workflow design & management capabilities

Provides information management capabilities to non-library efforts

Partners include among others Duke University, University of Chicago, University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Pennsylvania. Kuali is still in development. Version 0.3 has been released. What looks to be the final version or 1.0 ready for implementation will be released around December 2012. Be sure to check out the presentations page, where you can find a webcast with a demo of Kuali (CNI Spring Membership Meeting from 2011).

Here are some snapshots from the website of features and releases:

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