New website offers a starting point for librarians interested in Open Source Integrated Library Systems


Last updated September 7, 2012.

Below is the text of a press release announcing a new resource for libraries considering open source integrated library systems.

Knoxville, TN, September 5, 2012

A new website, Open Source ILS (, is now available as a resource for librarians and anyone interested in open source software integrated library systems (OSS ILS). The website is the product of a multi-year IMLS grant-funded study of technical support options for proprietary and open source ILS. It offers best practices gleaned from interviews with open source ILS adopters on subjects such as evaluating, migrating to, and customizing and maintaining these systems.

While conducting their study, researchers found that although there are a number of resources available about OSS ILS, finding them is not easy and requires visits to several different websites to compile information. Open Source ILS is an effort to create a portal that will contain useful information about different systems and the steps necessary to migrate to these systems. This website is the first to consolidate resources on systems such as Evergreen and Koha in a single place.

Links to additional information are included for each subject. These sources include vendor websites, community documentation, and technical support resources. Other features of the website include an internal blog, forum, and screencast tutorials.

For more information, please visit the website at

The School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is recognized nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary program of excellence in the information sciences. It is located at 451 Communications Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996.

The Conversation

Nicole Engard's picture

I have tried to contact the author of this site to correct many inaccuracies but have not heard back. I have heard the same story from many other people. I would look at the official sites for the open source ILSes to get your info instead as they at least are up to date, accurate and controlled by people who respond to edit requests.