libraries

5 key insights on the transition from Windows to Linux

Linux system administration

When I began my current job at Algoma University as the systems librarian, I really had no idea what I was getting into. Despite a decade in library information technology (IT), I felt nervous over my primary task: to help develop and administer Evergreen, an open source library catalogue system. The problem? My experience was almost totally in the world of Windows. » Read more

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The maker movement helps transform our public libraries

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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. Public libraries are reinventing themselves. Today they are becoming less of a place that hosts physical books and more of a center where people collaborate, commune, and learn new things. » Read more

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Web-publishing for libraries and the robust community of Omeka

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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 projects.

Omeka is a leading open source collections-based web publishing platform for cultural heritage institutions, researchers, scholars, and students, developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) and the growing open source developer community it supports. It is released under the GPLv 3.0 license. » Read more

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Five open source tools libraries need to know about

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 might be other similar products, they too are controlled by a vendor. 

This is why libraries need to take a closer look at open source software. » Read more

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Win books and participate in Open Library Week

Open Library Week

This week Opensource.com will be featuring articles on open source tools for libraries and sharing stories about experiences using open source in the library setting.

Our authors come from an array of backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they know firsthand and want to help more libraries to understand the power of open source. Serving the community, managing the library system, and providing quality care are all aspects of what makes open source a better choice for libraries.

We are also running a contest! Enter for a chance to win a book of your choice from O'Reilly Media plus five books for your favorite public or academic library of choice. Wow!

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Book contest for Open Library Week

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, the library you selected will recieve five free books of their choice. » Read more

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Open source tools worth bookmarking

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One of my favorite workshops to give is the one that introduces librarians and their staff to open source software. After defining open source to them and debunking all the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) out there, I focus my talk on a list of open source tools that can be useful to libraries.

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Lessons from Koha in open source project ownership

brand community balance

While compiling OSS Watch's list of Open Source Options for Education, I discovered Koha, an open source Integrated Library System (ILS). I discovered, with some confusion, that there seemed to be several ILS systems called Koha. Investigation into the reason for this uncovered a story which provides valuable lessons for open source project ownership, including branding, trademarks, and conflict resolution.

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Open Thread: Evolving the library for the 21st century

open thread

Chances are good that you've been to a library and used its resources. Kids check out colorful, educational books; adults seek out entertainment and information; and academics of all ages use libraries as a place to work, meet, and discover resources.

Today, there is a global discussion around the role of libraries in public and academic sectors. » Read more

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Exploring open source software developed for European libraries

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Developers and project managers involved in open source software projects for public libraries in Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic took a first step to learn more about each other's work. Meeting in a Google Hangout, they introduced their open source software projects, aiming to get ideas for future developments. The Danish 'T!ng' (Ting) project came first. T!ng aims to make most of the resources at the libraries available in the form of web services. Almost 60% of all Danish municipal libraries are involved in this software and IT services project.

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