This article summarizes a session at the 24th Annual North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Conference held in Asheville, North Carolina on June 6, 2009. The presenter for the session, Roberta F. Woods of Franklin Pierce Law Center, gave the history behind the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) development of an alternative to a federated search engine which they dubbed Universal Search Solution. The search tool helped the consortia libraries to resolve their problem of underutilized resources
In 2008, seven Michigan public libraries migrated to Evergreen, an open source integrated library system developed by the George Public Library Service. The Michigan Library Consortium and Grand Rapids Public Library provided the support, training, networking, and system administration for the system. This article examines the reasons for implementing an open source system and the challenges to running and sustaining it.
Gabrielle Wiersma reviews Drupal. Libraries use content management systems in order to create, manage, edit, and publish content on the Web more efficiently. Drupal (drupal.org), one such Web-based content management system, is unique because it employs a bottom-up strategy for Web design that separates the content of the site from the formatting which means that “you can more easily change either without having to recode your entire Website.” Drupal appeals to many libraries both because it is free open source software, and because it allows individuals and communities to easily contribute content to the library’s Web site.