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Title: A Comparative Study of Tools used in Building Open Source and Proprietary Integrated Library Systems
Authors: Mawumenyo, Light Kwami
Panford, Joseph Kobina
Hayfron-Acquah, James Ben
Keywords: Open Source
Web Server
Database Server
Client terminal
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security
Citation: International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security,Vol. 17
Abstract: Open source Integrated Library System (ILS) may be view by many as a comprehensive occurrence that have the potential of providing the library industry with substitute and aggressive way of doing business. Research done so far has tackled the history and business aspect of the open source library occurrence and only few have researched its technical aspect. This research explores the reason behind the poor level of adoption of open source LMSs in Ghana, and whether it is due to poor awareness about the concept or the technical inadequacies in the open source tools. The research was done in two major stages. The first stage involved conducting surveys to measure knowledge and attitude towards open source. The survey scrutinized three groups of participants involved in the library industry namely: Administrators, End users and IT specialists. The measurement of knowledge and attitude was done by forming a knowledge and attitude indicators. The author formed these indicators during the course of the study in order to give a quantifiable and picturesque indication of the results. The second stage involved conducting a comparative analysis between two proprietary ILS (Millennium and Aleph) and two open source ILS (Koha and NewGenLib). The results of the research provide an insight to how the different groups of participants view open source and indicates the lack of knowledge about open source concepts and its expertise maybe a major reason behind the poor adoption of open source ILS in Ghanaian libraries. The results of the comparative analysis also show that open source ILS are technically equivalent to its proprietary counterparts.
Description: This article is published in International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security and also available at 1947-5500
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12956
ISSN: 1947-5500
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