The context and state of open source software adoption in US academic libraries

Namjoo Choi, Joseph A. Pruett

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify barriers and drivers to open source software (OSS) adoption, and measures awareness and adoption stages of OSS in US academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey of chief information officers, chief technology officers or heads for IT in US academic libraries was conducted. A total number of 179 responses were used for data analysis. Findings: From the survey, the authors identify significant barriers and drivers that US academic libraries may consider before adopting OSS and found that awareness itself is not a barrier. While about half of respondents confirmed using OSS, the authors found surprisingly low levels of intent to adopt from current non-adopters. Practical implications: This research offers insights for promoting OSS adoption. Also, it provides funding agencies and administrators with guidelines to encourage successful deployment of OSS in higher education. Originality/value: While extant research is mostly anecdotal, this research draws from an online survey to snap-shot the current state of OSS adoption in US academic libraries and provides a baseline for practice and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-659
Number of pages19
JournalLibrary Hi Tech
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 25 2019

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  • Academic libraries
  • Information technology adoption
  • Open source software
  • Survey
  • USA
  • University libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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