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Eg2010 collier neiman presentation

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Eg2010 collier neiman presentation

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