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Evergreen in Small Libraries

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Perspectives on Evergreen in small(er) library settings, from Karen Collier and Andrea Buntz Neiman from Kent County Library, Maryland.

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Evergreen in Small Libraries

  1. 1. Evergreen and Small Libraries or The Evergreen Fairytale Karen Collier, Public Services Librarian Andrea Buntz Neiman, Technical Services Librarian
  2. 2. Once upon a time…
  3. 22. But What About…? <ul><li>Consortial Capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Support & Hosting Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware Costs </li></ul>$
  4. 30. Matthew, Birth and 8 Months
  5. 31. The truth behind the tales <ul><li>Small library, teeny budget </li></ul><ul><li>Library values = Open source values </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid! </li></ul>
  6. 32. The challenges of the small library <ul><li>All libraries have budget problems, but this is ridiculous … </li></ul><ul><li>Small, rural areas feel economic strain earlier </li></ul><ul><li>Small overworked staffs </li></ul><ul><li>No in-house tech support </li></ul>
  7. 33. “ Hey you, 20-somethings! Fix the computer!”
  8. 34. Lack of support, fear of change <ul><li>Perception of OSS as a “techie” thing </li></ul><ul><li>Overlords: Evil, but Protective? </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional, pathological fear of change </li></ul>
  9. 35. The advantages of being small <ul><li>Small = flexible, fast-responding, non-bureaucratic </li></ul><ul><li>No RFPs, red tape, silos </li></ul><ul><li>OSS = budget-friendly! </li></ul>
  10. 36. KCPL post-migration <ul><li>Staff ownership of Open Source Software </li></ul><ul><li>Staff ideas influence the development track </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons love the idea of supporting OSS, even if they’re not sure what OSS is </li></ul><ul><li>Our community values = OSS values! </li></ul>
  11. 37. Be thou not afraid, Small Libraries! <ul><li>You don’t have to do it alone </li></ul><ul><li>Support, hosting, listservs, community </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate, innovate, share </li></ul>
  12. 38. Open Source: Use it, share it, love it
  13. 39. Thank you! <ul><li>http://catalog.kentcountylibrary.org </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Collier, kcollier@kent.lib.md.us </li></ul><ul><li>Andrea Buntz Neiman, aneiman@kent.lib.md.us </li></ul>Original material in this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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