Library Management solutions by OpenLX for Institutions
OpenLX is a LINUX TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE providing Global-accepted Open-standards based services on KOHA and DSpace for Library management system, among other applications and tools.
We would like to introduce you to "Value based Computing and IT Infrastructure", through the use of Linux & Open Standards based Open Source in your institution.
The students, when exposed to Linux and Open Source, learn a lot more than their syllabus and subjects, gaining passion and knowledge that is beyond the mere skills. This can make important difference to their lives, bringing a lot of credit to the Institution (from where they get all this) and happiness to their lives, resulting in a win-win situation for all involved.
Linux and Open Source represent the deepest & truly selfless value of “giving one's best to others without any expectation” and this value can make a difference between winners and losers.
If the responsibility of providing exposure to Linux and Open source based technologies to students is rightly taken-up by the Institution and its Faculty, this can transform the environment, building better human beings, beyond merely skilled-manpower.
To do all this, you do not have to spend extra resources or create new things. It is possible to integrate these technologies in the working of the Institution. All that is needed is the INTENTION on your part – the decision to launch the high-standards of Creativity in the Institution.
This will improve the environment for students, and result in cost-savings by cutting a lot of wasteful expenses, while having the best-of-technology implemented in the Institution.
If you are already using a proprietary system for your library, you may like to consider the following :
Situation you may face
|1. Do you have access to future development regime of the application ?||Only the supplying company can do it. Will involve high costs for you and a windfall profit for the vendor.||KOHA's source code is available to you free of cost for in-house development.|
|2. What happens when you request for a new feature that you need for your library ?||Only the supplying company can do it. Will involve high costs for you and a windfall profit for the vendor.||Since KOHA's source code is available to you free of cost for in-house development, you can undertake the development either in-house or from any vendor of your choice with the choice of multiple-offers.|
|3. Do you have full access to your database for any data-mining / data-study which you will need sooner or later ?||No, their data-bases, usually in proprietary/encrypted formats are not available to you.||KOHA uses Open-standards based MySQL database and it is available to you for any additional in-house activity of your choice without any additional costs.|
|4. Have you spoken to other users of proprietary library application who have migrated to KOHA al already or are in the process of doing so ?||Try to do this and you will find revealing experiences that led them to migrate to KOHA.||Not applicable, as users of KOHA have choice of vendors for their needs, at any stage of using KOHA.|
|5. Can you run your current proprietary library system without an AMC (Annual Maintenance Contract), by having in-house maintenance team?||No. The AMC for proprietary system is a must and hence a compulsory high-cost involved year-after-year.||
You have the choice of having your in-house technical team learn and manage KOHA without going for an AMC and this may be backed-up by a visit-based cost as per necessity.
|6. Can you develop additional features for your library system by having in-house maintenance team ?||No. Any feature, however minor, can be done only by the vendor, as the source-code is not available to you.||Since KOHA's source code is available to you free of cost for in-house development, you can undertake the development either in-house or from any vendor of your choice with the choice of multiple-offers.|
|7. Does your proprietary solution meet the globally accepted MARC standards ?||
Check and Re-check it.
In most cases, they follow their own standards.
|KOHA is 100% compliant to MARC and other standards involved in Library applications.|
|8. Does your proprietary solution meet the globally accepted Open-standards architecture?||No.||KOHA is 100% compliant to Open-standards architecture.|
We are talking of Choice and Freedom to Choose - That's crucial for you too !
We are talking of savings in terms of:
High cost Software License;
High cost Software Maintenance, including Virus/Hacking/Crashes;
High-end Technology deployment for actual working of institution;
High-end Technology deployment for experimental/learning Laboratories for the students;
High-end working and research environment for faculty as well as students.
The details about us and our services are on the website and we request you to give us an opportunity to provide these services to your institution and to various libraries connected to your institution under your able guidance.
To begin with, we would like to work closely with your esteemed institution to take forward the Library-automation movement across India, working to achieve the mission of complete automation of your Library, with the best-of-breed-technology built on globally accepted Open-Standards. With the Open standards based technological solutions proposed by us, while there will be a substantial cost-saving, the richness and ease of use, with latest technology, will be enhanced to the best possible cutting-edge-technology-levels.
KOHA & DSpace are not only cost-effective, they are built based on globally-accepted Open-Standards.
These are used by thousands of Libraries globally and within India. Additionally, due to advancements in the use of automated Libraries, there is a big push to migrate existing major automated libraries to KOHA and DSpace, due to technological advances and various other reasons, among others:
Open standards based mature support for standards such as MARC 21, UNIMARC, z39.50, SRU/SW, SIP/NCIP and others;
No Vendor lock-in;
Best of features, as detailed in our website/brochure.
When you decide for such Open-standards based environment in your institution, you are actually building high-tech, high-value environment that is morally true for all involved, thus enhancing the values taught by your institution, in-turn transforming lives.
That is how, we say “OpenLX Linux: Humanizing Technology-Transforming Lives”.