Evaluating OSILS Products for Indian College Libraries


  • SDM Institute for Management Development, Mysore
  • Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore




Open Source Integrated Library Systems, OSILS, Performance Analysis, Evaluation of OSILS Products


The paper presents the requirements of Indian college libraries in ILS products in general and Open Source Integrated Library Systems (OSILS) in particular. The requirements are analyzed for the housekeeping modules and viability indicators (Technical and Software Service Support requirements) by direct questioning. The performance of the 9 OSILS Products: ABCD, Emilda, Evergreen, Koha, NewGenLib, OPALS, OpenBiblio, PMBILS and PhpMyLibrary is evaluated against the listed requirements.


Download data is not yet available.


Metrics Loading ...


Balnaves (Edmund). Open source library management systems: a multidimensional evaluation. Australian Academic and Research Libraries. Vol. 39(1); 2008; p1-13.

Breeding (M). The open source ILS: Still only a distant possibility. Information Technology and Libraries. Vol. 21(1); 2002; p16-18.

Breeding (M). Opening up library systems. American Libraries. Vol. 40(12); 2009; p33.

Chalon (P); Alexandre-Joaquim (L); Naget (C); Becquart (C). Open your mind! selecting and implementing an integrated library system: The open-source opportunity. Paper presented at the Tenth European Conference of Medical and Health Libraries, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 2006. Retrieved from http://www.eahil.net/conferences/ cluj_2006/www.eahilconfcluj.ro/docs/1b/chalon&al2006_text.pdf

Chudnov (D). Open source software: The future of ILS. Library Journal. Vol. 124(13); 1999; p46-48.

Haravu (L J). Library automation: design, principles and practice. 2004, New Delhi: Allied Publishers Private Limited.

Harinarayana (N S). An evaluative study of automation in selected special libraries in South India. Doctoral Thesis. 1995, Mysore: University of Mysore.

Hedges (S). A Koha diary: Implementing Koha at the Nelsonville public library. 2005. Retrieved from http://www.khoadocs.org/koha_diary.html

Hopkinson (A). Library automation in developing countries: the last 25 years. Information Development. Vol. 25(4); 2009; p304-312.

Hyman (B); Walker (J). Case study: The Evergreen open source integrated library system, its origins and significant implementations in the USA and Canada. Proceedings of World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council. 2008. Retrieved from http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla74/papers/159-Hyman_Walker-en.pdf

Kumar (V). Free/Open source integrated library management systems: Comparative analysis of Koha, PHPMyLibrary and OpenBiblio. Paper presented at the National Library Week Celebration on Modern Trends in IT Application in Library and Information Services, 2005, University of Calicut, Kerala.

Muffatto (Moreno). Open source: a multidisciplinary approach. Series on Technology Management. 2006. Retrieved from http://ssrn.com/abstract=1479975

Ravichandra Rao (I K). Library automation: Design, principles and practice. SRELS Journal of Information Management. Vol. 41(4); 2004; p405-406.

Schlumpf (P). Open source library systems. Library computing: Internet and Software applications for information professionals. Vol. 18(9); 1999; p323-326.

Schneider (K). The thick of the fray: Open source software in libraries in the first decade of this Century. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Vol. 35(2); 2008; p15-19.

Sonker (S K); Jayakanth (F). Koha: An open source integrated library automation system. SRELS Journal of Information Management. Vol. 40(2); 2003; p135-146.



How to Cite

Sunil, M. V., & Harinarayana, N. S. (2011). Evaluating OSILS Products for Indian College Libraries. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 48(5), 471–490. https://doi.org/10.17821/srels/2011/v48i5/43949




Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>