List of next-generation library catalogs
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An online public access catalog (often abbreviated as OPAC or simply "library catalog") is an online database of materials held by a library or group of libraries. Users typically search a library catalog to locate books, periodicals, audio/visual materials or other items under control of a library.
As access to the internet became more accessible to more people library users have grown more and more accustomed to these sites and search engines. They have become increasingly dissatisfied with the search mechanisms of older library catalog systems. This has, in turn, led to vocal criticisms of these systems within the library community itself, and in recent years to the development of newer (often termed 'next-generation') catalogs. However, the large cost associated with these new systems has significantly hindered the widespread use of new systems.
The newest generation of library catalog systems are distinguished from earlier OPACs by their use of more sophisticated search technologies, in particular faceted search, and features aimed at greater user interaction and participation with the system, including tagging, reviewing, and RSS feeds.
However, the usefulness of these catalogs is limited by inconsistent metadata standards that vary from publisher to publisher. There is also the concern that only newly digitized material can be found while older material, published on different platforms that are no longer supported is effectively lost. Libraries are then faced with the expensive and time consuming task of reapplying new metadata tags to ensure these older records can become discoverable. At present there is no single standard for metadata records.
See below for a list of some next generation library catalog systems.
- Axiell Arena
- Carmen (LANius)
- CS Library
- DIMDATA ILS
- EBSCO Discovery Service
- LS2 PAC and LS2 Kids from The Library Corporation (TLC)
- POLARIS PAC, Mobile PAC, Polaris Library Systems
- Primo (ExLibris)
- Prism 3 (Capita)
- Retrievo (KEEP SOLUTIONS)
- Serials Solutions Summon
- VTLS Inc.
- WorldCat Local (OCLC)
- Avanti MicroLCS
- Blacklight OPAC
- Rapi package
- Social Online Public Access Catalog (SOPAC)
The "notes" section distinguishes between:
- Centrally-hosted websites, and
- Web-based sites, referring to applications that may be installed on a web server (usually requiring MySQL or another database and PHP, Perl, Python, or some other language for web applications)
|Software||Developer||First public release||Latest stable version||Cost (USD)||Open source||Written in||Index/search engine||Database||License||Notes|
|Koha||Koha Community||2000-01||2012-10-22 (3.8.6)||Free||Yes||Perl||Zebra||MySQL||GPL||web-based|
|Libramatic||Libramatic||2012||July 2013 (v4.1.1)||Free||No||Web & Smartphone based|
|OpenBiblio||OpenBiblio development team||2002||2012-03-18 (0.7.1)||Free||Yes||PHP||Own||MySQL||GPL||web-based|
|LibraryWorld||LibraryWorld Inc.||2002||425/year||No||Own||cloud-hosted website|
|OPALS||2002||Free||Yes||Perl, Java||Zebra, YAZ||MySQL||GPL||web-based|
|PhpMyBibli||PMB Services||2003-10||2010-09-20 (3.4.2)||Free||Yes||PHP||Own||MySQL||CeCILL||web-based|
|NewGenLib||Verus Solutions||2005-03||2012-09-13 (3.0.4 R1)||Free||Yes||Java||Lucene, Solr||PostgreSQL||GPL||web-based|
|WordPress Scriblio||Casey Bisson||2006-02||2014-10-30 (3.3)||Free||Yes||PHP||MySQL default; Sphinx and ElasticSearch are pluggable options||MySQL||GPL||web-based|
|WorldCat||Online Computer Library Center||2006||Free||No||centrally-hosted website|
|Evergreen||Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS)||2006-09||2012-09-19 (2.3.0)||Free||Yes||Perl, C, XUL||Own||PostgreSQL||GPL||web-based|
|VuFind||Villanova University||2010-06-15||2012-01-30 (1.3)||Free||Yes||PHP||Lucene, Solr||MySQL||GPL||web-based|
|Drupal SOPAC||John Blyberg||2009-05||2009-09-25 (6.x-2.0)||Free||Yes||PHP||Drupal||MySQL, other SQL||GPL||web-based|
|eXtensible Catalog||XC Organization||2011-12||2012-04-24 (6.x-1.2)||Free||Yes||PHP||Drupal; Solr avail.||MySQL, other SQL||GPL||web-based|
|Drupal OPAC||Drupal community||20012-12||2012-12-19 (7.x-1.0)||Free||Yes||PHP||Drupal; Solr avail.||MySQL, other SQL||GPL||web-based|
|Kuali OLE||Kuali Foundation||2013||Free||Yes||Java||Own||Oracle||GPL||web-based|