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New Book, "Practical Open Source Software for Libraries" by Nicole C. Engard now Available!

September 27th, 2010
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
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New Book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole C. Engard now Available!

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, is happy to announce that Nicole C. Engard, Director of Open Source Education at ByWater, has written her second book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries.

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries
provides a toolbox of practical software that librarians can use both inside and out of the library. It draws on the author’s wide-ranging practical experience with open source software both in and out of the library community, includes real life examples from libraries and librarians of all types and locations and gives librarians tips for using open source software with in their organizations. Access to a companion website with up-to-date links and facts is also included.

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries is available for purchase in the US from Neal-Schuman Publishers and in the rest of the world from Chandos Publishing.

About Practical Open Source Software for Libraries:

The library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. Make sense? Probably not! Would it help if you knew that open source is not just about programming, but about following a philosophy?

Still confused? Not surprising. What will open source mean to our libraries? More flexibility and freedom than software purchased with license restrictions. This is an important path for libraries to consider. Why open source? Because both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles.

This book will give you the facts and dispel myths about open source. The chapters will not only introduce librarians to what open source is and what it means for libraries, but also provide readers with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries. For more information, please visit:

About Koha:
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies--XHTML, CSS and Javascript--making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit:

About ByWater Solutions:

With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit:

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