OpenBiblio

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Openbiblio is an integrated library management system.

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History

Created in 2002 under General Public Licence (GNU- GPL). [1] It is written in PHP containing OPAC,circulation, cataloging, and staff administration functionality.

The system has been translated into Spanish, by a professor of Castilian, and is used in the primary school system in Chile. In addition, Colombia, Cube and Venezuela have expressed a interest in this program, stated Mr. Wiesterman of the Chilean government.[2]

Operation

Openbiblio is designed for small libraries. The catalogue format is derived from MARC_21[3] but records may be imported from other compatible formats. Versions up to 0.6 are not completely compatible with the MARC format[4].

Characteristics

  • User alerts via predesigned messages.
  • Control of fines for late returns of documents.
  • Statistical models for the use of the library and the material.

Module

  • Loan. Administering users’ data, loans, returns, reservations and fines.
  • Cataloguing. Control of bibliographical records and their copies.
  • Administration. Configuration and management of the system.

External Links

OpenBiblio home page on SourceForge.net

References

  1. A Virtual Exhibition of Open Source Software for Libraries - School of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, - R i Gairín, J Manuel, S Duesa, R … - 16th BOBCATSSS …, 2008 [1]
  2. La Nación - LA COMUNIDAD DEL SOFTWARE LIBRE LLEGA A LAS ESCUELAS – Staff Writer - Aug 8, 2005 – [2]
  3. OpenBiblio 0.4.0 / Dave Stevens [3]
  4. OpenBiblio bug tracker, ID: 844825 [4]
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