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Open Source – Open Libraries is a blog and website representing libraries and organizations committed to OSS alternatives for libraries. The IMLS-funded project focuses on making members aware of the OSS products currently available as well as the companies available to provide support, customization, and hosting. The website includes a general Q and A and more specific details about features and training for Evergreen and Koha.

The Rogan Hamby blog discusses Evergreen and other OSS-related topics like bibliographic de-duplication, conferences, and informational articles. Hamby is currently the director of information technologies and innovation at the South Carolina State Library and has prepared numerous presentations on open source topics. 

This is the “Exploring Open Source Viability Project” blog about the “Enhancing Library Management Systems” project. Categories of discussion include Equinox, Evergreen, and open source in general. 

This is the Meta Interchange blog by Gale Charlton, an OSS ILS programmer and manager who works on Koha, Evergreen, and other open source projects. It covers topics on libraries, computing, metadata, and more. 

This is the Evergreen Community Blog associated with the official website. Categories of discussion include community projects, conferences, documentation, jobs, webinars, committee reports, and other information.

The Evergreen GSoC blog tracks a specific Evergreen project's progress, offering a timesheet, to-do/completed list, and a timeline.

Evergreen Forest is a blog about open source topics ranging from Linux to specific types of software. Although it focuses mostly on Evergreen, topics related to Koha may be covered more extensively in the future.

This is the blog for Equinox, which provides open source library software, focusing on the Evergreen and Koha systems. The website also includes information about services, news, and events.

Coffee|Code is the blog of Dan Scott, who works on the Evergreen OSS ILS project and PEAR’s File_MARC package. He is also the systems librarian for Laurentian University. Some general blog topics include databases, coding, Evergreen, and programming languages.

Planet Evergreen is a blog aggregator for Evergreen OSS topics. It also includes a FAQs page, information on documentation, and opportunities to contribute to the community through working groups and developing code.


Koha Geek is a blog by a librarian at Mahatama Gandhi University Library

This blog post from BibLibre talks about performance enhancements achieved by using Plack, a set of Perl tools, with Koha 3.10.

The Koha blog aggregates its posts related to OPACs, discussing topics like buttons, comments, logins, customization, tags, grids, and searching.

The LISWire news blog describes ByWater Solutions’ hitting the one-year mark of providing open source services to libraries. The general website also provides a FAQ, mailing lists, RSS feeds, subscription options, and testimonials.

The BibLibre blog describes its partnership with ByWater Solutions. The partnership aims to help meet the demands of the rapidly growing Koha community by providing crucial support for development and migration services.

The Vimal Kumar blog compares Koha and NewGenLib. It discusses Koha's advantage of having a truly global community and a wide developer and vendor base.

The Libology blog includes information about Katipo and LibLime. The main topic covered is the expansion of LibLime.

The LibraryThing blog contains information about support options for Koha. Other recent topics include tag clouds, branded applications, enhancements, audio books, and statistics.

The JacketFlap blog aggregates posts by topic, including open source and LibLime. These posts address topics such as trademark battles and paying for services.

This LINK 2.0 Koha blog contains information about Koha and LibLime. Topics include migration, communities, conferences, and news.

The Emerging Technologies Librarian blog compares LibLime and Koha. The post includes a basic introduction, information about open source, information about Koha and Liblime, and a discussion of their trademark battle and software development fork.

The Cataloging Futures blog contains information about open source cataloging tools and LibLime. Topics include RDA and the cataloging tool

The blog describes the trademark battles between Koha and LibLime in the US and New Zealand. It includes numerous links to relevant articles.

The Room of Infinite Diligence blog addresses issues related to Koha and Liblime. It mainly discusses the trademark dilemma and the problems associated with it.

This GMane blog is dedicated to fostering technical discussion of the Koha open source integrated library system. It allows users to submit information about bugs and bug fixes.

This blog for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Documentation Centre contains information about the Koha open source integrated library management software. It provides basic information about the Koha community, the libraries using Koha, and a link for more information.

This is the official blog for ByWater Solutions and addresses such topics as free open source webinars, MARC records, customer support, patron categories, libraries using Koha, migration, item types, and setting up libraries and branches in Koha.

The Clean Clouds blog includes an installation guide for Koha on various releases of Ubuntu with MySQL. It also provides information about open source and proprietary ILSs, Koha features, the software required, and finally detailed installation instructions.

This blog for the Multimedia Information Technology Group (MMIT) discusses Koha, open source, and trademarks. The post itself is brief but it contains numerous links to information to help readers understand the Koha-LibLime/PTFS development fork issue.

The 3 Geeks and a Law blog describes working with the open source library system Koha. It includes tips on Linux servers, hosting, Ubuntu, library branches, users, MARC records, and OCLC.

The ALA TechSource blog provides basic information about the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project. It describes the goal of the project as "to define a next-generation technology environment based on a thoroughly re-examined model of library operations and connected to other enterprise technology systems."

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) blog describes the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project ALA session. General blog categories include ALA conferences and midwinter meetings, committees and interest groups, education, legislation and regulation, forums, news, podcasts, program planning, standards, and technology trends.

The NISO blog describes the project planning behind the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project. It provides information about the launch of its website and plans for the next generation of library automation systems.

The Ecorrado blog describes NewGenLib as the newest open source ILS. It provides brief information about source code, development, web-based and multi-tier architecture, functional modules, MARC21 compatibility, seamless bibliographic and authority data import, templates, servers, institutional repositories, and multi-language interfaces.

The VTM Global blog provides basic information about the NewGenLib open source ILMS, the technologies used, its features, and the types of libraries that employ it.

The Digital Koans blog describes NewGenLib ILS’s going open source. It provides information about or links to relevant institutions: the Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge Management and Verus Solutions.

This is the official NewGenLib blog created through WordPress. Major topics addressed include documentation, plugins, suggested ideas, support forums, themes, and blogs.

This is a blog for the NewGenLib open source software. Topics covered include MARC records, library 2.0, individual libraries running NewGenLib, workshops, news, and conversion tools.

The What I Learned Today… blog discusses open source topics in libraries such as the open source ILS Library Technology Report, in which Marshall Breeding discusses the differences between an open source and proprietary ILS.

This Local Government Library Technology blog contains information about open source library systems in the UK. It provides links to open source public libraries, open source systems, companies supporing open source systems, open source in local government, and additional resources.