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opensource alternatives to common commercial products

Although the introduction of this article is overly simplified in terms of the changes in library technology (I couldn’t help but laugh a little in a couple of places) , once you’re past that, the rest is a good little overview of some of the more popular opensource products. I’ve hotlinked and listed the products below, the article gives a more indepth overview. The products ...

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Opensource ILS projects and how I learned to love the library catalog

okay, pardon the bad pun on dr. strangelove… I’ve been following some of the opensource ils projects with interest. evergreen (launched by the Georgia Public Lib System), is still in heavy development. From my understanding it originally launched without acquisitions or serials checkin (eeks!) ; however from an upcoming presentation flyer it appears that acquisitions will launch or has launched very soon.Anyhow, it’s an interesting ...

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creating a e-zine — software choices

So you want to create an online newsletter, a magazine or e-zine? What should you use?There are many choices, some of which depend on budget size. My budget size= ZERO dollars.My investigation actually began in May with Drupal. These were reviewed as of August 2007. System requirements for most of these (but not all): Apache or IIS server; MySQL or another db server; PHP ; ...

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creating a e-zine — lessons learned to date

1. Have a vision.Check. I had that one a year ago (a regional arts magazine with topics both about art and by artists) 2. Funding.The amount of $ you have to spend will affect everything else 3. Hosting? Find a place to host it.I used some extra webspace I have. 4. A software list of features that you need (and a list of those you ...

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CMS for bloggers

So, I’m still investigating a CMS (Content Management System) for the libraries web editors. A CMS is just a easy way to get content onto the web, without having to do much in the way of design. Blogger in some senses is a very primitive (primitive because it is limited in what it can do) CMS. Unfortunately, my quick and informal survey of web editors ...

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