Advantages and Challenges of Open
Source in the Classroom and Academic
Presented by Matthew Butler
Source code available
Must permit source code modifications
May require that source code modifications be
No person or group may be discriminated against.
No cause or endeavor may be discriminated against.
Original license distributed.
Must not be specific to one product.
Must not restrict other software.
Must be technology neutral.
Generally cheap or free
Most software is available for download for free
Little to no licensing restrictions
In most cases, can be installed on any number of computers
In most cases, source code can be heavily modified for users
Access to source code allows users to modify the code
to fit specific needs
Not always as “polished” as proprietary
Quality ranges from “industrial strength” to
Support comes from the developer/user
community almost exclusively
Security concerns due to the open nature of
Availability of source code can also identify
Free does not really mean free
Installation and implementation costs can be higher
West Liberty Public Library catalog
Technical support for
Pricing based upon number of unique titles in collection.
Technical support for Evergreen and
Custom built open source programs, created by
the library or institution itself.
Visual Understanding Environment(VUE)
Digital Content Organizer
Queens Library ILS