Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Library Geeks

It is always rewarding to listen to Library Geeks. The latest episode is especially worthwhile. The guests had recently returned from an eIFL meeting.
Electronic Information for Libraries. eIFL.net is an independent foundation that strives to lead, negotiate, support and advocate for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transition and developing countries. Its main focus is on negotiating affordable subscriptions on a multi-country consortial basis, while supporting the enhancement of emerging national library consortia in member countries.
Some important work being done to bridge the digital divide. One project is Library in a Box. The plan is to distribute a cutting-edge open-source ILS on a CD. What they are describing sounds better than our current system. The catalog would be PINES and/or Koha, with all the required libraries. No additional downloads required. Then a front end like NCSU recently unveiled. This would be based on Collex/Solr/Lucene. Amazing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually that sounds like an awesome opportunity. It's about time that the digital divide was somehow conqured and the ILS on a disc options is a step in the right direction. I have a dresm that one day the conventional library shelf will move almost entirely online.

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