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  • 1. Getting involved : How YOU can make Evergreen even better! Karen Collier, Public Services Librarian Andrea Buntz Neiman, Technical Services Librarian Kent County Public Library
  • 2. What is an Open-Source community? How is it unique?
    • Open Source = free, like a free kitten
      • Care and feeding of your OSS – it’s up to you!
    • Ownership, with all its ups & downs
      • Individuality, flexibility, responsibility
    • Community is integral
      • Many hands + many eyes = many improvements
    • Active support is crucial
      • What Evergreen needs from you
  • 3. Why should I help?
    • Altruism
    • Intrinsic motivation
    • Making the world a better place
    • Holding hands in a circle …
    • No, really. Why?
      • (well, it also involves a circle)
  • 4. Positive Feedback Loop! Greater interest in the software Lower prices Better service Active community More users More support companies Free market competition More potential for collaboration Better software
  • 5. How can I help?
    • Something for everyone!
      • Techie, non-techie, and everyone else
      • Those with lots of time (who are they anyway?) and the rest of us overscheduled people
      • Contribute what you can, according to your ability
      • Always be on the lookout for new ways to help!
  • 6. Techie and Time Scales
  • 7. Ask questions!
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Asking questions on the listserv, increasing your own knowledge of Evergreen
    • Who do I talk to? General Discussion List
    • [email_address]
  • 8. Networking
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Speaking with other library and technology people, sharing your Evergreen experiences, exchanging ideas
    • Who do I talk to? Anyone!
  • 9. Collaborate on funding development
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Communicating with other Evergreen libraries and identifying areas for collaborative development or the collaborative funding of development
    • Who do I talk to? Other Evergreen libraries
  • 10. Bug reporting / Suggesting features
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Identifying and reporting software bugs to the development community; suggesting areas for future development or new features
    • Who do I talk to? Development Discussion List
    • [email_address]
  • 11. Personal advocacy
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Do you love Evergreen? Then tell the world! Be willing to present to your colleagues about your Evergreen/OSS success stories. Field questions from libraries considering taking the Evergreen plunge.
    • Who do I talk to? The unconvinced!
  • 12. Evergreen Organization
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Participating in setting up a foundation, nonprofit, or other type of organization to represent community interests and assets.
    • Who do I talk to? Elizabeth McKinney, emckinney@georgialibraries.org
  • 13. Documentation
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Participation in DIG, the Evergreen Documentation Interest Group, documenting software features & creating manuals for administrators and end users
    • Who do I talk to? Karen, docs@evergreen-ils.org or Documentation Discussion List
  • 14. Discussion lists
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Answering questions on the various listservs, whether general questions or specific development questions. Contributing to these lists.
    • Who do I talk to? General and Development Lists
    • [email_address]
    • [email_address]
  • 15. Contributing code and patches
    • Technical Skill Level:
    • Time commitment:
    • What it involves: Evaluating existing source code, writing & contributing patches and/or fixes, and contributing towards future development of Evergreen software
    • Who do I talk to? Development Discussion List
    • [email_address]
  • 16. Where do I begin?
    • We’re going to begin right now!
    • Let’s start a discussion of other ways we can contribute, building on the ideas in this conversation
    • Remember, this starts with YOU!
  • 17. Getting More Info
    • Discussion Lists
      • Subscribe at http://evergreen-ils.org/listserv.php
    • Evergreen Documentation Interest Group
      • Contact docs@evergreen-ils.org
      • Visit http://evergreen-ils.org/documentation.php
    • Evergreen Foundation / Nonprofit
      • Contact, Elizabeth McKinney, emckinney@georgialibraries.org
    • Other committees (see “General” listserv)
      • Conference committee
      • Others – suggestions?
  • 18. Thank you very much! Karen: kcollier@kent.lib.md.us Andrea: aneiman@kent.lib.md.us www.kentcountylibrary.org

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