Nicole C. Baratta

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Nicole C. Baratta (Engard) is a Senior Content Strategist at Red Hat. She received her MLIS from Drexel University and her BA from Juniata College. Nicole volunteers as the Director of ChickTech Austin. Nicole is known for many different publications including her books “Library Mashups", "More Library Mashups", and "Practical Open Source Software for Libraries". Nicole can be reached at

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That's a shame to hear (about OpenHatch). I'd ask around at the university to see if anyone is using a specific open source tool that they have suggestions for. That would make a great project because then you're helping your colleagues and/or students and you have in-person access to the users. For example, my undergraduate institution uses Moodle and I talked to the students about their opinions of it and how they'd like to improve it. They were so excited to find out that they had the power to fix something they used every day and that makes their contributions all the more meaningful.

Happy Happy Birthday! So happy to be part of such an awesome community!