From a Small Library's Perspective - New Library Technology Paradigms: OS vs. Black Box vs. Hybrids

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Presentation given at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. June 24, 2012. The program title is "New Library Technology Paradigms: OS vs. Black Box vs. Hybrids." The …

Presentation given at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. June 24, 2012. The program title is "New Library Technology Paradigms: OS vs. Black Box vs. Hybrids." The program was organized by the Heads of Library Technology Interest Group. #ala12

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  • 1. From a small library’sperspective− New Library TechnologyParadigms: OS vs. Black Box vs.Hybrids Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University Medical Library http://www.slideshare.net/bohyunkim http://twitter.com/bohyunkim American Library Association Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. June 24, 2012.
  • 2. At a Small Library,
  • 3. Open Source Software
  • 4. Blackbox
  • 5. Huh?
  • 6. Open Source Offers “Freedom”Freedom from _____?Freedom to do _____?
  • 7. RealitySmall staff with limited knowledgeCan afford only the minimum support andmaintenance of whatever system implementedand used.No inside R&DOutside vendor support is important becauseinside support is limited.
  • 8. Working with the IToutside the library….
  • 9. Take it or Leave it …
  • 10. Software in UseCascade Server (CMS)SharePoint (Intranet)SharePoint LMSTegrity (Lecture recording)IELiveMeeting
  • 11. Hard to serve existing library services &Hard to try new things
  • 12. Things we do not like to hear :That feature is not available in this system.Or a low priority to add.Or the vendor will work on adding that feature.Wait for the next release.Or you need to buy an upgraded version.Or customization costs.Or you just can’t do it.
  • 13. Remember FireFox?Now you don’t have to use IE.
  • 14. Can I fix or change it?
  • 15. Reason for OSSRequired feature set may be better supported.Fast updates and bug fixes possibleLikely to be easier for troubleshootingSome vendors are costly, incompetent, poorlyqualified.Room for customization even if you are not abig/rich institutionDevelopment led by a community’s inputs andneeds such as more use of standards
  • 16. Big Libraries vs. Small LibrariesPhoto from Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackeycove/3996433617/in/photostream/
  • 17. Possibility ? Feasibility ?Sustainability ?
  • 18. OSS is Commitment to Innovation andInvestment in the future of the library
  • 19. If want to go fast,you go alone;If you want to go far,you go together.-An African Proverb
  • 20. How can we travel together to go farther? How can we form an inclusive community where all can contribute?