Open Source Saving Libraries Money

Open source advocates have been claiming that libraries can save money by making the switch from proprietary solutions to open source alternatives. Two libraries are reporting that open source did just that - saved them money.

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At least in the case of the green mountain libraries - there was no comparison of going with an open source solution vs a proprietary solution. It's just saying how much they saved making the purchase as a consortium rather than each library doing it separately. I'm not saying that open source can't save funds - it could - but this item doesn't say that.

For almost 7 of the 10 years the savings were generated with Sirsi Dynix. This article should be retitled the savings generated by the economies of scale.