I've added a package type for "Electronic Reserves" on FOSS4LIB.org:
It is empty right now, and it would be great if folks would start filling it up. (Art or Graham -- want to add an entry for Syrup there, please?)
On Jan 27, 2012, at 12:29 PM, Dan Scott wrote:
>>>> "Rainwater, Jean" <[log in to unmask]> 1/27/2012 6:14 AM >>>
>> We've used a home-grown course reserves system for text, audio, and video
>> since 2003. That system is showing its age and we're exploring whether to
>> replace or completely overhaul it. We know of ReservesDirect - are there
>> other open source applications out there? If folks have experience with
>> ReservesDirect and are willing to share that would be useful too.
> Hi Jean:
> Syrup (source repo visible at http://git.evergreen-ils.org/?p=Syrup.git;a=summary - most recent commit 3 weeks ago, so it's a going concern) is a Django-based reserves system that Art Rhyno and Graham Fawcett built over the past few years. It's in use at a few institutions, I believe, including the University of Windsor; it has good integration with Evergreen but was built to be ILS-agnostic, communicating with an ILS via SIP and Z39.50 (when communication with an ILS is necessary at all). It was inspired by ReservesDirect, and so enables uploading digital objects, although I don't think it offers the fax gateway that ReservesDirect did / does.
> It can hook into LDAP to provide authentication and authorization (restricting visibility to courses via class lists if your IT infrastructure is that sophisticated; giving certain accounts access to upload materials / edit courses so profs can delegate permissions to TAs and the like), and allows pretty deep structuring of course content.
> That said, I haven't actually installed or admin'ed Syrup myself, so take my description for what it's worth :)
> Dan Scott
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