Education

The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community's knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing. It's true.... Read more
2 comments Posted 17 Apr 2014 by Luis Ibanez Feed
library tools for open source
Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2014 by Peter Murray Feed
introducing open source
I was intrigued to read this recent article in The Guardian about public libraries’ new role as community problem solvers. If you read carefully into this article you’ll notice the author talks about libraries becoming more involved with "proactive community engagement." This means that libraries... Read more
3 comments Posted 17 Apr 2014 by Phil Shapiro Feed
open source library management system Koha
A small public library serving a population of 30,000 in New Zealand developed and released the world’s first open source library management system in 2000. Horowhenua Library Trust named the system Koha, which is a New Zealand Māori custom meaning gift or contribution. This is a story of why we... Read more
7 comments Posted 16 Apr 2014 by Joann Ransom Feed
More and more galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) are digitizing their collections to make them accessible online and to preserve our heritage for future generations. By January 2014, over 30 million objects have been made available via Europeana—among which over 4.5 million records... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Apr 2014 by Open Knowledge Feed
open source library tool
Understandably, software developers might wonder how a bunch of historians ended up shepherding an open source content management system into the world, but in the case of Omeka the trajectory is a logical one that stems from years of work in open access public history and cultural heritage... Read more
2 comments Posted 15 Apr 2014 by Sharon M. Leon Feed
open source library tool
As a systems librarian at an academic institution, I am a conduit between those who want to access the resources our library offers and my colleagues who describe the resources on behalf of researchers. I direct our limited development resources so that our systems can best meet the needs of all of... Read more
1 comment Posted 15 Apr 2014 by Dan Scott Feed
open source tools for libraries
There was a time when working in the library I found it very frustrating (as many librarians do) that there were so few options for software that actually did what I needed. In libraries we're so used to there being this vendor=software model. Where one vendor controls a product and while there... Read more
5 comments Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Nicole C. Engard Feed
Open Libary Week book contest
It's Open Library Week at Opensource.com, and we're celebrating open source tools and methods for libraries with a contest. Enter for a chance to win two books of your choice from O'Reilly Media. When you enter, be sure to select your favorite public library becuase they could win too. If you win,... Read more
1 comment Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Opensource.com (Red Hat) Feed
Textbooks with a cost
Eben Upton is best known as the man behind the Raspberry Pi, a tiny, $25 computer designed to help turn kids into programmers. Upton priced it at $25 because he thought that's around what an average textbook cost: "I now understand that's an incorrect estimate. If we had a better idea of what... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Apr 2014 by Steven Ovadia Feed

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