The following is a listing of companies and organizations providing software of interest to congregational librarians. CSLA Institutional Members are noted, and their support of CSLA is greatly appreciated.
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Some library automation vendors have special pricing offering substantial savings for congregational libraries, or for libraries with small collections. Be sure to inquire, as these prices may not be posted on the company’s website
Book Systems, Inc. – Atriuum and Concourse integrated automation systems designed for school, public, special, and church libraries; eZcat (z39.50) software for downloading free MARC records; DonorMaster; barcodes, barcode readers and conversion services. (CSLA Institutional Member)
Jaywil Software Development, Inc. – ResourceMate® 3.0 is Windows® based resource library automation software program designed for churches, schools, synagogues, corporations, associations, non-profit organizations, clergy, professionals, etc. Download the demo and take the 2 minute challenge. (CSLA Institutional member)
Library Concepts – PC Card Catalog is powerful yet inexpensive software designed for the smaller library. OurLibraryOnline works with both PC Card Catalog and other vendors’ software to make a library’s catalog visible on the Internet. (CSLA Institutional member)
LibraryThing – While developed primarily for cataloging and sharing information about personal book collections, the low one-time cost for a lifetime account has made LT a popular option for congregational and other nonprofit libraries with extremely limited budgets. The program provides an online public access catalog (OPAC) with thumbnail covers images and both user and Amazon reviews. It does not include circulation or label-making functions.
LibraryWorld – Provides a full range of Internet-based library applications including cataloging, z39.50, circulation, inventory, serials tracking, online public access catalog (OPAC) and mobile apps. All applications are included in all service plans.
Media Flex/OPALS – OPALS OPen-source Automated Library System is a feature-rich cooperatively developed, web-based, open source program. This alternative technology provides Internet access to information databases, library collections, eBooks and digital archives. There is no need to install software or purchase expensive computer hardware or software licenses to implement this powerful, turnkey Internet accessible system. (CSLA Institutional Member)
Right On Programs – Producers of software for libraries, offices, schools, and homes since 1980. (CSLA Institutional Member)
Surpass Software – Surpass provides powerful yet easy-to-use, affordable library automation solutions for church and synagogue libraries as well as school, public and corporate libraries. Twice in 2003 Surpass was rated number one in customer satisfaction in surveys published in Computers in Libraries magazine. Surpass features special pricing for small libraries and you may try any product free. The company also offers an optional hosting service for libraries which prefer to have their automation vendor manage the software and store their databases. (CSLA Institutional member)