Opening Up Library Automation Software

Breeding, Marshall
February 2009
Computers in Libraries;Feb2009, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p25
Trade Publication
The article discusses the use of automation software by libraries. The library automation environment favors systems that can deliver, in one way or another, products that allow libraries more liberal access to their data. Open source software is not the only approach possible as libraries seek options to gain more access and control over their data and other aspects of their technology environment. The Z39.50 Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) protocol provides a standard approach for search and retrieval for information systems and has been very effective as the basis for library applications.


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