Open Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
Many libraries today are facing budget cuts and as a result may have to cut the cord from the expensive Integrated Library System (ILS) they are used to. The good news is there are several free or low-cost open ILS available to choose from. Whichever system is selected, much care must be taken to secure the one that will best suit the needs of your organization.
The biggest problem with Open ILS is support after download. The support for the system might end up costing your organization a lot of money so it is important to do the research before going ahead. It might be worth it to train a few persons on staff who will be responsible whenever there are issues or find a local person from another company who has developed expertise in the system that you are selecting. Some companies do provide support and it would be wise to look at those first.
This article will shed some light on what to look for when opting to go the Open ILS route.
Please see below a list of Open ILS
Do you have any open ILS to add? Please do so in the comments section so we can update this list.