SCLD – A Fictional Library District

When I’m building projects I’m often targeting the library I work for, or a library I work with. Either way, those libraries have their branches and affiliates and so on. Those locations and their information usually get shoved into a database and I’ll pull from that database as needed. Well, with the FOSSiL Projects, I want to make sure folks have some data to play with, so they can try the software and see how it works. However, I don’t always want to use real world data just so things don’t get screwed up, confused, or otherwise mixed in. Sometimes, you want to keep your chocolate and peanut butter in separate containers, you know? So I invented a fictional library district, with branches and local community library systems that it works with. That way I can populate databases with information you can fiddle with, but you’ll know that these libraries…

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FOSSiL? What’s that?

Welcome to The FOSSiL Projects, a collection of software and solutions for your library! FOSSiL is an acronym for Free Open Source Solutions in Libraries. We design software and solutions for libraries that are guaranteed to meet your budget requirements, because all of the software and solutions are free! Building upon a foundation of free and open source software (FOSS), FOSSiL provides ideas and technology to help you streamline workflows, enhance current processes, and make things better. And yes, it’s free. Almost all of the software here runs on Linux, a free and open source operating system that is not only a big part of the Internet, but also happens to run extremely well on lower end computers. That means you won’t need big, expensive servers with Microsoft licensing and SQL Server costs and all of that stuff. You can run the majority of the FOSSiL projects on an older…

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