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Open Source Library Automation. Nicole C. Engard, Open Source Evangelist, LibLime [email protected] http://liblime. com. Outline. LibLime What is Open Source? Koha 3 OPAC and Staff. The leader in open-source solutions for libraries. Athens County Public Libraries.

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Open source library automation

Open Source Library Automation

Nicole C. Engard,

Open Source Evangelist, LibLime

[email protected]

http://liblime.com


Outline

Outline

LibLime

What is Open Source?

Koha 3 OPAC and Staff


Open source library automation

The leader in open-source solutions for libraries


Athens county public libraries

Athens County Public Libraries


First library in the us to adopt an open source ils koha

First Library in the US to Adopt an Open Source ILS: Koha


Intensely frustrated

Intensely Frustrated

Libraries slow to adopt open source

‘No Support’ was the most common objection

An OSS Company seemed the most practical approach


Open source library automation

It all started with an idea: open access to ideas and information not only builds better libraries, it builds better software too.


Open source library automation

Integrated Library Systems

Meta-Search

Digital Library


It s all open source

It’s all Open Source!

You steer development!

Features can be implemented in days and weeks, not years and decades

You can share your solutions with other libraries


Growth patterns

Growth Patterns

400% growth three years running

Incorporated January 2005, 1 full-time employee, 1 customer

June 2008, 20+ employees, over 300 customers


Open source library automation

Our Customers

supports hundreds of libraries around the globe. Our customers include: library consortia, academic and research institutions, public libraries, museum and special libraries, K-12 schools, enterprise corporations and government and non-profit organizations.


Open source library automation

Our Customers

supports hundreds of libraries around the globe. Our customers include: library consortia, academic and research institutions, public libraries, museum and special libraries, K-12 schools, enterprise corporations and government and non-profit organizations.

  • Consortia that have selected Koha include:

  • MASSCAT (110 libraries, MA)

  • WALDO (19 academic, NY)

  • Central Kansas Library Consortium (35+ public libraries, KS)

  • North-East Kansas Library System (19 libraries, KS)

  • Indiana Shared Library System (35+ mixed, IA)

  • Crawford County Federated Library System (9 library public consortium, PA)


Strategic partnerships

Strategic Partnerships


What is open source

What is Open Source?

“Open Source software is computer software whose source code is available under a license that permits users to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form”

--Wikipedia


Open source library automation

  • The Cathedral

  • Development occurs behind walls

  • Source code is usually not provided - kept locked up

    The Bazaar

  • Code developed over the Internet with several others in public view

  • Source code open to all users

  • “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”

http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/


Open source in busines

Open Source in Busines

“55% of US Companies use OSS for Mission Critical applications” -- Forester Research


What is open source1

What is Open Source?

Why So Popular?


Why so popular

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review


Open source library automation

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in


Open source library automation

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

User-centric Development


Open source library automation

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

User-centric Development

Freedom to Innovate


Open source library automation

Why so Popular?

Reliability through Peer Review

No Vendor Lock-in

User-centric Development

Freedom to Innovate

Zero License Fees


How much didwould you pay for a horizon 8 0 license

How much didwould you pay for a Horizon 8.0 license?


The value of software hinges on maintainability

The Value of Software Hinges on Maintainability


Open source in libraries

Open Source in Libraries

Open Source hasn’t been

as widely adopted in libraries as in the business world.

Why not?


Open source in libraries1

Open Source in Libraries

  • Libraries and Open Source Both...

  • Believe that information should be freely accessible to everyone

  • Give away stuff

  • Benefit from the generosity of others

  • Are about communities

  • Make the world a better place

-- Horton, G. http://tinyurl.com/3jvumn


Open source in libraries2

Open Source in Libraries

Is there support? Do I have to know how to program?

Do I have to skimp on features?

Isn’t Open Source risky?

Can I do it myself?

Common questions libraries have:


Open source in libraries3

Open Source in Libraries

Is there support?

  • LibLime

  • Equinox

  • CARE Affiliates

Do I have to know how

to program?

  • Local students

  • Freelance developers


Open source in libraries4

Open Source in Libraries

Do I have to skimp on features?

  • Open Source developers follow the rule of “Release early and release often”

  • Users vote with their dollars and time

  • Freedom to develop on your own

  • Developers love their products


Open source in libraries5

Open Source in Libraries

Isn’t Open Source Risky?

Casey Coleman, chief information officer for the GSA (U.S. General Services Administration), said in a speech ... that the GSA heavily relies on open source to drive down costs, increase flexibility of IT dollars, and reduce risk.‘You get much more transparency and interoperability, and that reduces your risk,’ she said.

http://blogs.liblime.com/open-sesame/archives/61


Open source in libraries6

Open Source in Libraries

Can I do it myself?

  • Absolutely, with the right in-house skills

    • Linux server management

    • Web programming

      • Perl / PHP / MySQL

  • Systems knowledge


Open source library automation

The Koha Project

2003

NPL goes live in 2003 with a bold claim:

“Within the next few years, our web site will offer some of the best online library services available anywhere in the world.”

Stephen Hedges, Director


Lets take a look

Lets take a look!

http://search.athenscounty.lib.oh.us


Open source library automation

Demo


Open source blogs

Open Source Blogs

  • Open Sesamehttp://blogs.liblime.com/open-sesame

  • OSS & Libraries (Yahoo Pipe)http://tinyurl.com/5aohv9

  • ZDNet Open Sourcehttp://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source

  • The Open Roadhttp://www.cnet.com/openroad/

  • New York Times - Openhttp://open.nytimes.com


Thank you

Thank You

Nicole C. Engard,

Open Source Evangelist

[email protected]

http://liblime.com


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