WebPAC - Web on-line library catalog with a life of it's own / E3
Two years ago we started our adventure of writing free and libre Open Source Web on-line library catalog. We had plans for circulation, but circumstances directed us into improving catalogue itself.
This is a story about that path, one of many, which starts with prototype
described in previous paper presented at CUC 2002.
Different available Open Source tools where considered for different
tasks. Some of them tested on small, spin-off projects which are also
significant add-on to pool of free software.
Results where good even from commercial perspective. Using GPL licence for our work enabled us to improve WebPAC on different projects and share improvements between deployed installations. That way, this software project became service: changes where made based on requirements from users, and all installations received improvements.
Many software tools and components available under Open Source enabled us to do so. We are grateful for them, but finding right one for the task isn't always easy. Software design decision, like not using object oriented methods from beginning, also haunted us from time to time. We are now approaching limits of this code base, but have plans for next one. But the main question remains: where will WebPAC lead us next?
Marijana Glavica is employed at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, in the Department of Psychology Library. Currently she is involved in providing on-line resources to users of all Faculty Libraries. She also maintains the existing electronic library catalogue, and coordinates publishing of the catalogue and library related web pages on Internet.