Open source software for library management and discovery: Overview and Latin American Context: Overview and Latin American Context
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Abstract: Marshall Breeding, a specialist in the field of library technology, will discuss open source software in libraries, emphasizing trends relevant to Mexico and Latin America. Open source software has gained an increasing presence in the region, were libraries often collaborate to share expertise and development resources. Breeding will discuss concepts underlying open source software, such as the requirements for access to programming code, and the ability to use, modify, and share it. Open source software is conducive to services provided by commercial, governmental, and non-profit organizations for technical development, as well as assisting libraries with implementation and ongoing support. Open source projects discussed will include Koha, ABCD, and especially the new FOLIO project which has recently been launched with support from EBSCO Information Services.