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Adoption of open source software in library management: an instance with Koha

Ngozi B. Ukachi

Abstract


This literature and practical knowledge based opinion paper explored Koha software, bringing to limelight its applicability in the library. The various modules contained in the software (Circulation, Patrons, Advanced Search/OPAC, Cataloguing, Serials, Acquisition, Report and Tools) and the various specific services that they can be used to perform were exhaustively discussed. The paper also briefly discussed library software and open source software (OSS) initiative respectively. It explained the various characteristics including the numerous benefits such as; availability of source code, free redistribution, stability, less expensive, etc, associated with the use of OSS. It concluded by stating that the provision of current, timely and easy access to information even, remotely, is a task which libraries and librarians cannot ignore if they want to remain relevant in today’s information environment and therefore recommend that rather than spent futile years waiting for funds to acquire proprietary software, the OSS such as Koha should be embraced as most times, they are more effective and efficient.

Keywords: Koha Software, Open Source Software, Library Software, Software Application in Libraries




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