Category Archives: Open Source Software

Drupal and Libraries

One of my goals for the summer is to get a handle on Drupal. I’d like to incorporate it into LIS753 Internet Fundamentals and Design at Dominican. I’d like to assign workgroups the task of creating a library Web site with the OSS app. How’s the learning curve folks?

I missed this presentation, but luckily Ellyssa Kroski, who just got a great review for her book in LJ, put up “Drupal & Libraries” from CIL2008 at Slideshare – complete with audio track:

To get started, I’ll be listening and watching tomorrow in my office. Then, I’ll ask Blake for a sandbox. 

Michigan Consortium Goes Open Source

Michael Rogers — Library Journal, 4/22/2008 10:33:00 AM

  • Equinox providing migration service, software configuration, consultation, and support
  • Branch, Niles, and Traverse Area District Libraries will go live over the summer
  • Evergreen created by Georgia Public Library Service for the Georgia PINES consortium

The Michigan Library Consortium is going open source. The group April 14 announced that it has selected an Evergreen system as its next automation solution, as well as signing with Equinox Software Inc., which will “provide comprehensive library data migrations service, software configuration, consultation, and on-going Evergreen support.”

The consortium said it will “begin the conversion to Evergreen with a pilot group of libraries. Branch, Niles, and Traverse Area District Libraries will go live over the summer.” After the pilot libraries launch, other members will be invited to join. Evergreen was the brainchild of the Georgia Public Library Service for the Georgia PINES consortium, but has been made available to libraries through an open-source license.

COOL! Traverse Area District Library is one of my “home libraries.” I’ll be there this summer to checkout how it goes. maybe I can get a couple of the folks running the Evergreen transition to make a guest appearance at TTW.

Open Source & Libraries

Via LISnews: 

There’s a “growing disconnect in what we’re being provided from commercial companies … and what libraries are starting to realize they need,” he said, but libraries aren’t blameless either: He believes they need to communicate more effectively the features and functionality they require. And just because it’s open source doesn’t mean it’s better. Soon enough, Gibbons suggested, open source innovations might spur competition and eventually result in more and better choices in the consumer market. 

Open Sesame

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Don’t miss Open Sesame where Open Source Evangelist Nicole Engard will be blogging and sharing:

This blog will be my platform and I want to hear from all of you who have stories to share or questions to ask. I want to learn from you as you learn from me and others. If you’ve heard me talk before you know that I’m an advocate for open-source solutions in libraries, I’ve found that the open-source community and the library community both follow a similar set of guidelines, making them the perfect partners in a push for change and enhancements for the library world.

In short, this introductory post of mine, is also a call for your assistance. For years I’ve been writing and presenting for those of us in library land and in all that time I’ve made it perfectly clear that I stand for learning. I don’t think that any one person holds all the knowledge, but I do think that librarians as a community hold a whole darn lot of it! It is for this reason that I think the best way to start in my new role is to ask to hear from all of you. I am looking for stories of how your library has used open source to improve work flow and productivity. I’m looking for stories of how open source has or hasn’t solved your problems. I’m looking to find answers to your commonly asked questions and to educate you about the pros and cons (yes, cons) of open-source solutions.

Congrats to Nicole C. Engard, New Open Source Evangelist at LibLime!

“Nicole’s passion for open source is inspiring,” says Joshua Ferraro, CEO of LibLime. “We’re excited to have Nicole fill this critical role of Open Source Evangelist, increasing awareness and facilitating education about open source in both the physical and virtual library communities.”

“I honestly believe the future of libraries is in open source,” says Nicole. “Libraries are at a pivotal point – things are changing rapidly around them – among them the traditional software and service models. Open Source software and the companies that support these packages allow libraries a freedom that they haven’t had in years. It is this freedom that excites me and I want to share that excitement with as many librarians as possible. I love that LibLime fills a major need in libraries. Many libraries cannot afford to have their own IT staff and so they write off Open Source as a viable option – LibLime makes it viable!”

Congrats Nicole! I’ve followed her outstanding “What I Learned Today” blog for years!