"Open source software is free software. It’s not necessarily cost-free, but is free to use, free to modify, and free to share. It’s a model of dealing with software that presents an alternative to the commercial licensing that imposes many layers of restrictions." Breeding, Marshall. 2009. "Chapter 1: Open Source Library Automation". Library Technology Reports 44 (8): 5-10.
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A listing of companies and organizations providing software of interest to congregational librarians.
Discovery Services Systems
"A discovery product consists of an interface directed toward the users of a library to find materials in its collections and subsequently to gain access to items of interest through the appropriate mechanisms. Discovery products tend to be independent from the specific applications that libraries implement to manage resources, such as integrated library systems, library services platforms, repository platforms, or electronic resource management systems. In most cases they provide access to multiple types of materials, independently of the management platform involved. Discovery products provide an interface with search and retrieval capabilities, often with features such as relevancy-based ordering of search results, facets presented that can be selected to narrow results according to specific categories, contributors, or date ranges, and tools to identify related materials or to refine search queries. Discovery products will use mechanisms appropriate to location, content type and license arrangement to provide access to materials. These mechanisms might include identifying the current location and status of a physical item with service options to request the item be held or delivered, to provide linking or direct viewing or download of articles, chapters, e-books, or other textual items available electronically, and presentation of digital images or multi-media content. Discovery products may also have social features that enable library patrons to comment, review, rate, or recommend content items or to interact dynamically with other patrons." "Library Technology Guides: Discovery Products". 2016. Librarytechnology.Org. Accessed September 19 2016.
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Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.