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Open Source Integrated Library Systems

What is Open Source? (Presentation)
Open Source Resources
Nebraska Pioneer Library Consortium (Using Koha)


  • What is Open Source? - Michael Sauers, Former Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission (April 22, 2008)
    An introduction to the concepts behind open source, examples of some of the most influential OSS packages being used today, and a discussion of why libraries should be paying attention to this model.
    Presentation Slides

Open Source Resources:

Koha Support:
  • Consortia using Koha (and links to their shared catalogs)
  • NEBRASKA PIONEER LIBRARY consortium (using Koha) 

    • History and Background - The Nebraska Library Commission awarded a $75,000 grant during the 2008-2010 biennium for a pilot project to create an open source cooperative library catalog and circulation system in Nebraska. Project participants examined Koha and other open source solutions and contracted a scoping study to determine the feasibility of using open source software to provide a shared Integrated Library System (ILS) for Nebraska libraries. With the decision to move forward, the consortium chose Pioneer Consortium as its name, signed an agreement with Progressive Technology Federal Systems (PTFS) to migrate catalog records and maintain its LibLime Koha union catalog, and executed joint entity agreements with member libraries. During that time the Library Commission awarded a second grant to help participating libraries with the conversion costs.
    • Pioneer Today - The Pioneer Consortium is central to the Nebraska Library Commission's long range plans to secure the most effective means for encouraging cooperative resource sharing for Nebraska libraries, and to initiate or support current information library systems that are affordable, scalable, and customizable. Pioneer Consortium membership has grown steadily, with the original pilot project participants (Grand Island Public Library, Holdrege Area Public Library, Saint Paul Community Library, and Beatrice Public Library) now joined by 17 other Nebraska public libraries and one community college library. The union catalog shared by these 22 members contains about a half million bibliographic records and over three quarter million items. More information about the Pioneer Consortium can be found on the Pioneer Consortium blog.
    • How to Participate - The Pioneer Consortium is accepting applications from Nebraska public libraries to join the consortium. To learn how your library can participate in this project, check the Pioneer Membership section of the consortium blog.
    • For more information contact:

      Joanne Neemann
      Director, Beatrice Public Library
      Beatrice Public Library
      Phone: 402-223-3584

    For more information, contact Christa Porter.