Registration fees: $20 members; $20 myMETRO; $40 non-members
Who should attend:
Librarians, archivists, students, and other information professionals interested in using new technologies to collect and deliver information to users
The library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. To our libraries, open source will mean more flexibility and freedom than software purchased with license restrictions, making it an important path for libraries to consider. In this first part of a two part series, Nicole C. Engard, author of 'Practical Open Source Software for Libraries', will introduce librarians to what open source is and how it is being using worldwide to improve services in libraries and other industries.
By the end of this program, participants will:
• Define open source and be able to answer basic questions about what open source is and what it can be used for
• Have real life examples of open source software use in libraries and other industries
Nicole C. Engard is the Director of Open Source Education at ByWater Solutions, where her primary role is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha Integrated Library System. In 2007, Nicole was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers and in 2009 she was the editor of “Library Mashups,” a book published by Information Today, Inc. In 2010, she will publish “Practical Open Source Software for Libraries” with Chandos Inc.