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Libraries and open source software: some facts

  • Nearly 91% of respondents said that they had never experienced any downtime using open source email alternatives.
  • More than two thirds of the libraries sampled have ever replaced a commercial software system with an open source alternative.
  • Nearly 43% of the academic libraries in the sample use an open source alternative for content management software.

An open source solution to build a library portal for public libraries of the Belgian French speaking community

Public libraries of the French speaking community of Belgium make use of different Integrated Library management Systems (ILS); and until recently, no common portal was available to find a book. This situation recently changed: a portal of pubic libraries has been launched: Samarcande (1).

Some words about Libraries

"Libraries are essential to the free flow of ideas and to maintaining, increasing and spreading knowledge. As repositories of books and other printed material, they are key to promote reading and writing."
UNESCO and Libraries portal

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