Yesterday, the State Library of Ohio hosted a meeting for anyone interested in the future of Integrated Library Systems in Ohio libraries. Originally the meeting was to be a simple discussion among libraries affected by the recent announcement of the coming end of the Horizon library system from Sirsi/Dynix; however, many librarians also wanted to have a discussion about statewide options, including the possibility of moving to open source library systems. By the time the meeting started, there were about 70 people in attendance (with another half dozen participating via video from Kent State University).
Stephen Hedges (OPLIN Director) was asked to provide some background information on open source library systems, which is a topic of interest to librarians, but still not very well-understood. Today’s podcast includes a little of that background.