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Free and Open Libraries


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Why should libraries care about open source software?

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Free and Open Libraries

  1. 1. Free and Open Libraries <ul><li>Nicole C. Engard </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Open Source Education </li></ul><ul><li>ByWater Solutions / BibLibre </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who Am I? Photo by RayAna Min Park
  3. 3. Open Libraries Open Doors Open Minds Open Access Open Libraries Open Access Open Source
  4. 4. Why Free/Open Source? <ul><li>Libraries and Open Source Both... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe that information should be freely accessible to everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give stuff away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefit from the generosity of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are about communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the world a better place </li></ul></ul>-- Horton, G.
  5. 5. Why Free/Open Source? <ul><li>“The best person to do a job is the one who most wants to do that job; and the best people to evaluate their performance are their friends and peers who, by the way, will enthusiastically pitch in to improve the final product, simply for the sheer pleasure of helping one another and creating something beautiful from which they all will benefit.” </li></ul>- Howe, J. (2008). Crowdsourcing: Why the power of the crowd is driving the future of business. New York: Crown Business. p.8
  6. 6. Troubling Times <ul><li>Several Levels of Risk to consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company mergers and acquisitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Because you own the code to your system you are not tied to one support source and will never be left without support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software security issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open source is just as secure if not more secure than proprietary systems because of its transparency and the development process it goes through </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Open == Freedom <ul><li>Freedoms that come with open software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to participate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to develop/innovate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to redistribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to shop around </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. There is Work to be Done <ul><li>Educate, Educate, Educate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to fight the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) that is being spread about free and open source software with facts and real life examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Participate, Participate, Participate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to open source, talk to those using open source, help in any way possible - power in numbers! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Why Free & Open Source For Libraries? <ul><li>Libraries and Open Source share the same ideals </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries are about freedom - so why not have a bit of freedom in our software? </li></ul><ul><li>Times are changing and it’s time to expect your software to change with you! </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do I Participate?
  11. 11. How do I Participate?
  12. 12. Your HOmework <ul><li>Try a software application you learned about today </li></ul><ul><li>Read up on open source literature for libraries/librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Join a mailing list where librarians are talking about open source: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OSS4Lib - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Koha List - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evergeen List - </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Thank You <ul><li>Nicole C. Engard </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>