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Open Source Library Webinar


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This webinar will cover specific open source tools (some of which you may not have heard of before!) that work well for libraries and the benefits and challenges associated with their use. Meadville Public Library uses open source software on 90% of their public access computers.

Cindy Murdock Ames, IT Services Director and Kyle Hall, the library's on-staff developer, will share recommendations for libraries considering open source software and how to get started successfully. Cindy has been using open source software for over 10 years, which has allowed the library to save licensing costs and have more control over its computing environment. The library uses open source tools for their websites, e-mail, Internet firewall, wireless router, proxying, filtering, and productivity software. They use thin clients for Internet access and Koha for the circulation and public catalogs.

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Open Source Library Webinar

  1. 1. The Story of an Open Source Library October 21, 2010 Audio is only available by calling this number: Conference Call: 866-740-1260; Access Code: 6339392 Sponsored by
  2. 2. Using ReadyTalk <ul><li>Chat & raise hand </li></ul><ul><li>All lines are muted </li></ul><ul><li>If you lose your internet connection, reconnect using the link emailed to you. </li></ul><ul><li>If you lose your phone connection, re-dial the phone number and re-join. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadyTalk support: 800-843-9166 </li></ul>
  3. 3. You are being recorded… <ul><li>Streaming into Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>This seminar will be available on the TechSoup website along with past webinar presentations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You will receive a link to this presentation, material and links. </li></ul><ul><li>After the webinar, you can ask follow-up questions in our Community Forum: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter hashtags: #techsoup </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Story of an Open Source Library Presenters: Cindy Murdock Ames, Kyle Hall Sponsored by
  5. 5. We are working toward a time when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.
  6. 7. Today’s Speakers Kyle Hall Meadville Public Library Crawford County Federated Library System Cindy Murdock Ames Meadville Public Library Crawford County Federated Library System Facilitator: Stephanie Gerding, TechSoup Global Assisting with chat questions: Kami Griffiths & Sarah Washburn, TechSoup Global
  7. 8. Meadville Public Library
  8. 9. Agenda <ul><li>What is Open Source (OSS, FOSS)? </li></ul><ul><li>How did Meadville develop into an OSS library? </li></ul><ul><li>What tools work for libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the Benefits/Caveats? </li></ul><ul><li>What to look for in an OS project </li></ul><ul><li>Why is OSS important for libraries? </li></ul>
  9. 10. How They Got Started and Where They are Now
  10. 11. Timeline <ul><li>1998-1999: Began using floppy-based Linux routers to share dialup connections in each library. </li></ul><ul><li>1999: Hired a consultant to provide Cindy with Linux training. </li></ul><ul><li>1999-2000: Began using OpenBSD to build a firewall/router for MPL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hired a consultant to train Cindy in using OpenBSD </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Timeline <ul><li>2000: Began using LTSP ( Linux Terminal Server Project ) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows reuse of old hardware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2001: Kyle joins IT staff on a part time basis. </li></ul><ul><li>2000-2002: Began using FOSS Internet filtering software. </li></ul><ul><li>2004-2005: Began investing Open Source ILS systems to replace aging ILS. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Timeline <ul><li>2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsored development of Koha to allow it to be used by libraries with large collections. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hired Kyle full time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary duties include Koha development. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2007-2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Migrated all CCFLS libraries to Koha </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Timeline <ul><li>2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kyle investigates FOSS Internet kiosk management software (OpenKiosk, OutKafe, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kyle develops Libki, a new FOSS Internet kiosk management software. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kyle replaces aging phone system with Open Source SIP-based phone system. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgraded to Koha 3.2 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Specific Open Source Tools Great for Library Use
  15. 16. Office Software <ul><li>Often Replaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Web Services <ul><li>Often Replaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft IIS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most popular web server in use. </li></ul>Apache Web Server
  17. 18. Database <ul><li>Often Replaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MS SQL Server </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Often used with Apache </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based applications </li></ul></ul>MySQL & PostgreSQL
  18. 19. Library System Software <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st ever FOSS ILS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based Catalog & Librarian interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible Design </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Alternatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evergreen </li></ul></ul>Koha
  19. 20. Email <ul><li>Often replaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MS Exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Includes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlook-Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spam filtering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antivirus </li></ul></ul>Zimbra Zimbra
  20. 21. Desktop Virtualization <ul><li>Often replaces: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VMWare </li></ul></ul>VirtualBox VirtualBox
  21. 22. Server Virtualization <ul><li>Often replaces: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VMWare Server Products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consolidates hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server pooling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower TCO </li></ul></ul>Xen
  22. 23. Website Create & Management <ul><li>Great for creating & managing blogs & websites </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based interface </li></ul><ul><li>Many templates </li></ul><ul><li>Many plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Good documentation </li></ul>Wordpress
  23. 25. Internet Filtering <ul><li>Squid caching proxy </li></ul><ul><li>SquidGuard – URL-based filtering </li></ul><ul><li>DansGuardian – content filtering server-based </li></ul>
  24. 26. Public Thin Clients <ul><li>Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) </li></ul><ul><li>We use it for public computers & OPACS </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse old hardware or use new low power hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Centralizes maintenance </li></ul>
  25. 28. Libki Kiosk Management <ul><li>Integrates with Koha </li></ul><ul><li>Manages patron time on public computers </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian management interface </li></ul>
  26. 30. Asterisk Phone System <ul><li>SIP-based PBX </li></ul><ul><li>VoIP gateway </li></ul><ul><li>Conference server </li></ul><ul><li>Voice menus </li></ul><ul><li>Voicemail </li></ul><ul><li>Scriptable </li></ul>
  27. 31. Resources
  28. 32. Meadville Public Library’s OSS Resources for Libraries:
  29. 33. Benefits? Caveats?
  30. 34. Benefits vs. Caveats <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the code </li></ul><ul><li>Build upon what you learn </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Many choices for support </li></ul><ul><li>Free as in “free kitten” </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation quality varies </li></ul>
  31. 35. Recommendations for Getting Started
  32. 36. What to look for in an OSS project <ul><li>Vibrant, active community of users & developers </li></ul><ul><li>Points of contact – mailing list, IRC, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Active development </li></ul>
  33. 37. Why OSS is important for libraries <ul><li>Taking the reins – directly guiding technology in our libraries </li></ul><ul><li>FOSS benefits everyone – our profession, our patrons </li></ul>
  34. 38. Questions? Submit your questions using the chat box.
  35. 39. Continue the Discussion… <ul><li>Additional questions can be answered by posting in in our Community Forum: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  36. 40. Upcoming Webinars <ul><li>Security Basics: Keep your Computers Safe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thursday, October 28, 11 a.m. Pacific time </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  37. 41. Get the Most Out of TechSoup <ul><li>At TechSoup, you’ll find a range of technology services to help your nonprofit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Request donated software, hardware, and online services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download our free library technology Cookbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read library spotlights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend upcoming webinars and view archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signup for our monthly newsletter </li></ul></ul>
  38. 42. Thank you to our Webinar Sponsor! ReadyTalk offers dedicated product demos for TechSoup organizations 4 times per week. For more information:
  39. 43. Thank you! Please complete the post event survey! Kami Griffiths,, 415-633-9392