- Getting Started
OSS ILS other than the popular Evergreen and Koha include three main options: NewGenLib (NGL), the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) Project, and Collective Access. If you are in a non-traditional library, then you may need an OSS ILS that is more specialized. For example, museums, archives and ditigal collections are going to want to use Collective Access instead of Koha or Evergreen. Listed below are some of the other OSS ILS.
NewGenLib (NGL) is an OSS ILS created by Verus Solutions. It includes modules for technical processing or cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, serials management, administration, reports, and a web OPAC. NGL recommends first becoming familiar with these modules and their features and then downloading the software from its website, migrating existing data into NGL, and getting trained on NGL. NGL offers expert support for migration, implementation, and maintenance free of charge.
The Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) Project calls itself "the first system designed by and for academic and research libraries for managing and delivering intellectual information." It supports a wide range of resources and federation across consortia, interoperates with other enterprise systems, and provides workflow design and information management capabilities. It is currently under development and is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and contributions from various research libraries.
Collective Access is a highly configurable cataloging tool and web-based application for museums, archives, and digital collections. It is available free of charge and requires little to no customization for support for various metadata standards, external data sources and repositories, popular media formats, and multiple languages. Current users include museums and archives from a range of disciplines, including art, anthropology, film, local history, architecture, conservation, libraries, and corporate archives. It was developed by Whirl-i-Gig.
An article from the Public Library Association describes a number of lesser known OSS ILS options:
Avanti MicroLCS was created in 1998 by Peter Schlumpf for small libraries. Development did not pick up until 2004, however; the cataloging and patron access modules were released in 2008. MARC is supported, and the system will run on Windows or Linux. It is limited to 128,000 titles and 256,000 items.
Emilda was created in 2000 by CompanyCube in Finland with the assistance of various school libraries. Today's version conforms to MARC and Z39.50 standards and can run on any operating system. Circulation and patron access catalog modules were released in 2005.
GNUTeca was developed in Brazil for academic and special libraries; several school libraries also use it. Cataloging, circulation, and patron access catalog modules were released in 2008. Its programming languages are Perl and PHP, making it not very scalable. It operates under Windows and Linux operating systems and supports MARC. Documentation is available in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
Learning Access ILS was created by the Seattle-based non-profit Learning Access Institute for small public libraries. It was based on a Katipo product and offers modules for cataloging, serials, circulation, and the patron access catalog. It supports MARC, Z39.50, and Unicode standards. Perl and PHP are its programming languages. It can run on Windows, but Linux is preferred.
OpenBiblio was developed mainly in 2006-2007 and includes cataloging, circulation, and patron access catalog modules. The programming languages are PHP and LAMP, which do not have reliable scalability. The operating system is Linux, and UNIMARC is supported.
PhpMyLibrary was created in 2001 in the Philippines for small academic and special libraries. There is little documentation, and the owner has most of the control over the source code. Cataloging, circulation, and patron access catalogs are available. Linux and Windows operating systems are supported, as is SUSMARC. The system has limited scalability.
PMB (PhpMyBibli) was developed in 2002 by a public library in France with available modules for acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, the patron access catalog, and the selective dissemination of information. Documentation is available in English and French, and UNIMARC and Z39.50 are supported. The programming language is PHP, and the system has limited scalability.
PYTHEAS was created in 1995 by a librarian at the University of Arizona and then picked up by a librarian at the University of Windsor. Circulation and patron access modules are available, and the programming languages are Java and XML. There is limited documentation, but the system is highly scalable.
WEBLIS was created in 2008 by the Institute for Computer and Information Engineering of Poland with assistance from UNESCO. Cataloging, circulation, and patron access catalog modules are available. Documentation is available in English.
Senayan Library Management System, or Slims, was created in 2006 by the Library of the Ministry of National Education in Indonesia. Built on a GNU/Linux base, it was released to the public in 2007 and is currently on version 5. The development team believes that the ILS is in use in at least 218 libraries and other institutions, and it has been downloaded over 250,000 times.