Soluciones libres para bibliotecas médicas: reducimos costes, mantenemos calidad y profesionalidad

Soluciones libres para bibliotecas médicas: reducimos costes, mantenemos calidad y profesionalidad

TitreSoluciones libres para bibliotecas médicas: reducimos costes, mantenemos calidad y profesionalidad
Type de publicationConference Paper
Nouvelles publications2011
AuteursCascant Ortolano L, Costa Marín M
Nom du typeXIV Jornadas Nacionales de Información y Documentación en Ciencias de la Salud
Année de publication04/2011
Conference LocationCádiz
Résumé

Introduction The current economic situation has forced librarians to sharpen their wits and to find alternatives to reduce costs. In a climate of austerity, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is presented as a complementary solution to meet librarians’ goals without sacrificing quality. The aim of this study is to show not only the most used FOSS in Health Libraries but also those options which are not as well known but with great potential for the community. Materials and Methods Firstly, a literature review was performed to identify FOSS experiences in libraries. Secondly, those experiences were analysed and also tested their suitability and practicality for Health Librarians. Results Content management systems like Joomla and Drupal, institutional repositories such as DSpace, E-Prints and Greenstone and integrated library systems as Koha or PMB have become popular among information professionals. Other programs as Moodle, a course management system, and Zotero, a bibliographic management tool, have seen how their popularity has recently increased. Furthermore, FOSS facilitates the performance of daily tasks for librarians. Instant messaging tools such as Pidgin or web platforms for collaboration and real-time meetings as Dimdim or WebHuddle help communication between library staff. Also project management is simplified with DotProject. Tasks and services assessment can be also done with software as the on-line survey generator LimeSurvey, web statistics program Piwik or reference statistics program Libstats. Other administrative tasks can be as well performed by programs like MRBS which manages the meeting room booking or Reserves Direct a program which enables library staff to manage reserve lists. Conclusions The successful implementation of Koha, Moodle or Drupal and the proliferation of new programs that facilitate the performance of library daily tasks has let to FOSS become a professional and quality solution for Health Librarians.

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