Increasing Library Usage Through FOSS Solutions: Two Case Studies From Zimbabwe

Rosalie Lack, Simon Ball, Amos Kujenga, Yeukai Chimuka, Tendai Mataranyika, Darlington Musemburi


This article provides an overview of free and open source software (FOSS) and the variety of solutions that libraries are implementing in order to better serve their patrons and more efficiently manage their collections. In addition, two case studies from academic libraries in Zimbabwe demonstrate how librarians implemented FOSS solutions that allowed these libraries to meet patronsâ needs and increased library usage.


Free and open source software; libraries; developing countries; FOSS

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ISSN: 1947-525X