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Book Review: Open Source Library Systems: A Guide

Patricia K. Thurston


Robert Wilson and James Mitchell have written Open Source Library Systems: A Guide with two purposes in mind: “to gather in one place information on a variety of open source software (OSS) used by libraries worldwide” and “to provide an updated treatment of library OSS that has been sorely needed” (137). This approachable guide accomplishes both purposes and is well suited for anyone seeking a practical understanding of the parameters of OSS, the relationships and differences between OSS and proprietary software, and the place of both in the current library ecosystem.

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