Conclusion

Last updated September 27, 2014.

As a consortium of 10 libraries, FLO has always focused on consensus building and leveraging the resources of each member for the benefit of all. When librarians at one member library commented on the mess that electronic resource tracking had become, the consortium worked as a group to find a solution to this common problem. With this history, working in the open source world turned out to be a natural fit. The experience of selecting and implementing an open source system taught us valuable lessons about how to manage staff resources and become self-reliant in the absence of vendor support. The experience of working to extend the software for the good of the entire open source community taught us more about skill, innovative thinking, code development, and the art of being a good citizen of an open source community. Evaluation of the CORAL community and our organization continues for FCDC. The larger FLO organization is also applying the lessons learned from this project to other open source evaluations, especially in regards to apply the Metrics for Selecting and Implementing Open Source Systems.

For any library, or other enterprise, that has IT capacity and that needs responsive systems, open source software is always going to be one of the available options. Learning to efficiently analyze that software and its fit with your organization is an important skill.