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FLOSS In Your Library <ul><ul><li>APLA, May 2008 </li></ul></ul>
Agenda <ul><li>What is OS/FLOSS? </li></ul><ul><li>How Can FLOSS Benefit Your Library? </li></ul><ul><li>How Can I make Us...
OPEN SOURCE  VS FREE/LIBRE/OPEN  SOURCE SOFTWARE
OED Definitions #1: OS <ul><li>  open source  adj. [first published, on the Internet on 8 February 1998, by E. S. Raymond ...
OED Definitions #2: Open <ul><li>Of a space: Not shut in or confined, not surrounded by barriers; to which there is free a...
OSF Definition <ul><li>Free Redistribution </li></ul><ul><li>Source Code Included </li></ul><ul><li>Derived Works Allowed ...
Free As in Beer or...
Free as in Kitten?
One and The Same To Me :-)
PLAYFULNESS PARTICIPATION COMMITMENT
Open Create Standards Source Content Knowledge Governance
Benefits to You?
Pros <ul><li>Leading edge with latest features </li></ul><ul><li>More flexible, facilitating innovation and functionality ...
Cons <ul><li>Smaller projects may lack documentation and testing (also ✓) </li></ul><ul><li>Need experienced local staff (...
What is it REALLY all about?
Staff Capacity <ul><li>Why send $ to California? </li></ul><ul><li>Build local for the long-term </li></ul><ul><li>Staff f...
What Can i do with it?
CMS <ul><li>Maintaining website </li></ul><ul><li>Options to fit any environment/language </li></ul><ul><li>Many with adva...
LMS <ul><li>Traditionally a “campus system” but key for Library </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to install/maintain </li></ul><ul><...
Library in the LMS <ul><li>Library can benefit from LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Course-grained delivery of library resources </l...
ILS <ul><li>Good options for basic back-room functions </li></ul><ul><li>Allows support of standard workflow while moving ...
 
break outside the box
 
Link Resolver <ul><li>More on this later... </li></ul><ul><li>Many libraries looking to implement link resolver </li></ul>...
Digital Library Collections <ul><li>More libraries are digitizing </li></ul><ul><li>Add collections to remote system or cr...
 
break outside the box
 
 
Virtual Reference <ul><li>A number of options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dedicated system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IM client...
 
Citation Management <ul><li>Many academic institutions use Refworks </li></ul><ul><li>Options like Zotero provide strong a...
 
Whiter Teeth??
YES
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  1. 1. FLOSS In Your Library <ul><ul><li>APLA, May 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is OS/FLOSS? </li></ul><ul><li>How Can FLOSS Benefit Your Library? </li></ul><ul><li>How Can I make Use of FLOSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Will It Make My Teeth Sparkle? </li></ul>
  3. 3. OPEN SOURCE VS FREE/LIBRE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
  4. 4. OED Definitions #1: OS <ul><li>  open source adj. [first published, on the Internet on 8 February 1998, by E. S. Raymond in a revised version of his paper ‘The Cathedral and the Bazaar’; ‘[the term] was invented by Christine Peterson of the Foresight institute at a private meeting I ran a few days earlier’ (E. S. Raymond, private communication)] Computing (chiefly attrib.) designating software for which the original program files used to compile the applications are available to users to be modified and redistributed as they wish. </li></ul>
  5. 5. OED Definitions #2: Open <ul><li>Of a space: Not shut in or confined, not surrounded by barriers; to which there is free access or passage on all or nearly all sides; unenclosed, unwalled, unconfined. </li></ul><ul><li>Exposed to general view or knowledge; existing, performed or carried on without concealment or so that all may see, hear, or take cognizance; public; also, declared in public or by public authority. </li></ul><ul><li>Free in giving or communicating; liberal, generous, bounteous. </li></ul>
  6. 6. OSF Definition <ul><li>Free Redistribution </li></ul><ul><li>Source Code Included </li></ul><ul><li>Derived Works Allowed </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity of Author’s Code </li></ul><ul><li>No Discrimination: Person or Endeavor </li></ul><ul><li>License: Distribution/Not Product Specific/Technology-Neutral </li></ul>
  7. 7. Free As in Beer or...
  8. 8. Free as in Kitten?
  9. 9. One and The Same To Me :-)
  10. 10. PLAYFULNESS PARTICIPATION COMMITMENT
  11. 11. Open Create Standards Source Content Knowledge Governance
  12. 12. Benefits to You?
  13. 13. Pros <ul><li>Leading edge with latest features </li></ul><ul><li>More flexible, facilitating innovation and functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Generally more stable than equivalent commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Loyal and responsive user community </li></ul><ul><li>Insulated from commercial stupidity (Blackboard syndrome) </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost of entry, especially when combined with Linux OS </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cons <ul><li>Smaller projects may lack documentation and testing (also ✓) </li></ul><ul><li>Need experienced local staff (also ✓) </li></ul><ul><li>Requires control mechanisms to maintain community (also ✓) </li></ul><ul><li>Projects can see forks, or divisions (also ✓) </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of clear business/support models can make it hard to squeeze into traditional models, such as RFP (also ✓) </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is it REALLY all about?
  16. 16. Staff Capacity <ul><li>Why send $ to California? </li></ul><ul><li>Build local for the long-term </li></ul><ul><li>Staff feel empowered </li></ul><ul><li>Skills development is not just technical/software </li></ul><ul><li>Staff learn to play, make mistakes and innovate </li></ul>
  17. 17. What Can i do with it?
  18. 18. CMS <ul><li>Maintaining website </li></ul><ul><li>Options to fit any environment/language </li></ul><ul><li>Many with advanced functions and modules </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal/Plone/Joomla </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul>
  19. 19. LMS <ul><li>Traditionally a “campus system” but key for Library </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to install/maintain </li></ul><ul><li>Some advanced features: ePortfolios </li></ul>
  20. 20. Library in the LMS <ul><li>Library can benefit from LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Course-grained delivery of library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Good container for Web 2.0 delivery of resources and widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages faculty & library collaboration </li></ul>
  21. 21. ILS <ul><li>Good options for basic back-room functions </li></ul><ul><li>Allows support of standard workflow while moving to newer features </li></ul><ul><li>Removes a major expense </li></ul><ul><li>Koha and Evergreen </li></ul><ul><li>PEI’s Island Libraries project </li></ul>
  22. 23. break outside the box
  23. 25. Link Resolver <ul><li>More on this later... </li></ul><ul><li>Many libraries looking to implement link resolver </li></ul><ul><li>No longer an academic tool </li></ul><ul><li>Best tool is OS: CUFTS </li></ul><ul><li>Linker, Db of Dbs, ILL, A-Z list, ERM </li></ul>
  24. 26. Digital Library Collections <ul><li>More libraries are digitizing </li></ul><ul><li>Add collections to remote system or create local </li></ul><ul><li>Support for standards key </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates a key emerging role </li></ul><ul><li>Streetprint, Greenstone, Fedora </li></ul>
  25. 28. break outside the box
  26. 31. Virtual Reference <ul><li>A number of options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dedicated system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IM clients </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crafty Syntax is a full-featured dedicated system </li></ul><ul><li>Very stable, can buy support </li></ul>
  27. 33. Citation Management <ul><li>Many academic institutions use Refworks </li></ul><ul><li>Options like Zotero provide strong alternatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox plugin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access when not online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capture any citation </li></ul></ul>
  28. 35. Whiter Teeth??
  29. 36. YES
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