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Tamil Nadu State Libraries migrate to Open Source ...

Dated: Fri 3rd September 2010 Posted by: webmaster

In a move that is heartening to all those who realise the importance and value of FOSS, the Tamil Nadu Directorate of Public Libraries( DPL- the agency under which over 4000 public libraries in the state fall) has issued orders to migrate all the 33 District Central Libraries (DCL) in the state to Koha, the widely accepted Open Source ILMS ( Integrated Library Management System), as well as Network them together. The Director of DPL Mr.G.Arivoli has been passionate about this step and he has been working closely with NRCFSS/AU-KBC in creating large scale awareness amongst the library staff regarding FOSS and its relevance to public services and governance. NRCFOSS and the state DPL under the instructions of Mr.Arivoli conducted four hands-on Workshops in different parts of the state to make all the public library staff comfortable with migrating to Koha. To quickly gain wide acceptance and support for this operation, NRCFOSS and DPL implemented the OPAC for the Connemara Public Library in Chennai - /_http://59.90.240.228/_/ - something that was widely appreciated. The large-scale migration to Koha in the state is being implemented by the NRCFOSS/AU-KBC Team led by P M Latha, and the work also involves Networking all the 33 DCL s and Web-enabling them -- steps that in turn would make it possible to provide many advanced services to the library users in the state. When completed by the end of 2010, this will represent the most advanced Public Library Network in India - in the process showcasing the value and power of FOSS once again!

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