IMLS Boosts Open Source ILS Project for Large Public Libraries

A million-dollar grant will fund the King County Library System’s effort to increase open source ILS adoption
Josh Hadro — Library Journal, 10/12/2009

Excerpt: “For many public libraries considering the switch to an open source integrated library system (ILS), there’s often a will but not necessarily a way. To ease the path for larger public library systems, which have so far been more cautious, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $998,556 (match: $1,014,400) grant to a project titled “Empowered by Open Source.”

The grant effort is being spearheaded by the King County Library System (KCLS), Issaquah, WA, and initially will rely both on the library’s own experience migrating to the open source Evergreen ILS—an effort already in-progress—and on KCLS’s financial investment in that ILS.

Working with KCLS on the “infrastructure components” for the initial phase of the grant are three partner institutions: Peninsula Library System (San Mateo, CA), Orange County Library System (Orlando, FL), and Ann Arbor District Library (MI). At least eight more libraries are expected to join over three years.”

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