As acceptance of open source grows, the next step for university libraries will be to consider open source solutions for their core integrated library system (ILS).
"When OSSWatch works with organizations it is always to arrive at the best decision for them. Many smaller institutions procuring software won't have a large IT department and might not have the staff set to make the skills available to develop and support open source. However, even if they go with an outsourced solution, this could be either open source or proprietary," OSSWatch manager Randy Metcalfe said.
"Open source is not the key feature; the key feature is value for money. "