The good folks at the University of Illinois Library have created something very cool indeed: a free, open source software kit called Archon, to manage library collections, or how they describe it, “…A Unified Information Storage and Retrieval System for Lone Archivists, Special Collections Librarians and Curators.” From the Archon website:
Archon is a web-based tool for archivists and manuscript curators. It automatically publishes archival descriptive information and digital archival objects to a user-friendly website. With Archon, there is no need to encode a finding aid, input a catalog record, or program a sytlesheet. Archon’s powerful scripts will automatically make everything in the system searchable and browseable on your repository’s website!