Present in several functional areas, AFI made a spectacular breakthrough in the world of library software with AFI OPAC 2.0 and AFI-Nanook. Founded in 1981, AFI performs a global turnover of 4 million Euros in 2012 (including 1.5 million Euros in the library sector) with 60 people.
Provider of software for libraries since 1989, AFI develops open source software since 2004. For AFI the transition to open source license is a philosophical choice. We are as committed to the free dissemination of knowledge and access to knowledge as to software opening. AFI is at the origin of the initiative of the data recovery charter from the FULBI that guaranteed each library the ability to export data from management software when it wishes.
Well known for its business around the open source software Koha, both in university and public reading libraries BibLibre now devotes a significant portion of its energy to promote other programs: Piwik for statistics and Omeka for managing digital resources.
BibLibre offer also and in particular a complete range of services and customized to help you to better control software library management and allow you to focus your efforts on your core business. We take care of hosting, support migration, staff training, and the maintenance and development of the software we distribute.
Since 5 to 10 years, more and more libraries are adopting the Open Source software model in France and Europe, enjoying many benefits, despite the persistence of many misconceptions which the main are recalled below
Everything is free? The software is, by definition, without limitation. However, services and support implementation might imply to purchase some services from software services providers. But the medium and long term " cost of ownership " of Open Source software is much lower.
Do I need a computer specialist? No, absolutely not. Companies like AFI and BibLibre (among others) are here to make exactly the same services as the old conventional publishers. By choosing our hosting solutions, libraries can even get rid of any computer-related task.
It is safe and sustainable? Yes, it is perfectly safe and more sustainable. In particular, your working tool does not depend on the strategy or the health of a provider (you can change it by keeping your software), and you take advantage of all the developments. Gone are the days where you had to constantly find re-computerization budget because your publisher has decided not to maintain any particular product, or because he tells you, for example, to implement a portal in which you will have to pay a very expensive license to use its web services. Furthermore data can be extracted at any time, for free, in standard formats.
You will gain peace of mind...