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Backing Library Services with Open Source Applications – Leading Edge Libraries

Backing Library Services with Open Source Applications – Leading Edge Libraries

This presentation was shared at the Leading Edge Libraries Conference, hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, on September 21, 2017.

Summary: There is a common misperception that a librarian needs to have well developed computer and technology skills in order to successfully adopt open source solutions in the library. More often than not, a librarian with intermediate computer skills can begin to implement open source. Hear from a librarian who started with basic web design and coding skills and went on to lead the migrations and/or adoptions of at least five major open source applications including integrated library systems, learning management systems, and institutional repositories. This session will discuss how to evaluate an open source solution, consider the costs of implementing open source, and introduce a variety of open source applications in use at Lancaster Theological Seminary.  

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to identify appropriate open source solutions for their contexts, analyze the cost/benefit of open source solutions compared to proprietary solutions, and formulate a plan to implement an open source solution. 

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Doing Authentication – Koha-US 2017

Doing Authentication – Koha-US 2017

Our 2 year saga of implementing EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and OpenAthens with Koha didn't quite fit into the 40-minute presentation slot! Despite that, I hope there was a lot of good information packed into it and perhaps it will inspire others to take the plunge. 

There are now two plugins for Koha: one that utilizes the EDS API to perform Discovery searches from within Koha and one that allows Koha to communicate with OpenAthens to authenticate access to electronic resources. While the initial stages were a little bumpy, the road is getting smoother and we're getting closer to our ultimate goals of access to all of our resources in one place, one search, with one login.

My PowerPoint presentation is embedded below. As always, please use the comments box to post your feedback and questions!

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You Can Be an Open Source Library – Koha-US 2017

You Can Be an Open Source Library – Koha-US 2017

Three years of experience with open source and adopting three different open source solutions at our library, was summarized in a 45-minute presentation at the Koha-US 2017 Conference. If you haven't looked at these platforms before, take a moment to become acquainted with SubjectsPlus, Omeka, and ResourceSpace. The PowerPoint is embedded below.

There's more that I learned in implementing these three solutions than I could communicate in 45 minutes. I'm planning to write a series of posts about implementing open source to appear on this blog. If you are interested to learn more, please be sure to click the "subscribe" button in the footer of the site to join the mailing list and receive updates when these articles are posted.

Also, please feel free to use the comments field for questions and feedback.

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Sabbatical, Here I Come!

Sabbatical, Here I Come!

This is the eve of my first sabbatical. While the word "sabbatical" comes from the same root as "sabbath" and means a type of rest, I have a feeling the next six months will be filled with activity. The change of pace will be a rest of sorts from the usual daily routine of library work, and I'm looking forward to having time to write and present at conferences I wouldn't usually be able to attend.

The main writing project I will be working on is a book manuscript on Integrated Library Planning. I'm excited to announce that my proposal was accepted by ACRL Publications! It is a thrill to be working with Erin Nevius and the folks at ACRL to share this new model for planning and management with a broad audience of librarians and readers. As the manuscript takes shape over the next few months, I plan to post further reflections about planning and hope that you'll join me for the conversation.

I am also looking forward to presenting about open source and library systems at two conferences this fall. The Koha-US 2017 Conference is hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Public Library in Idaho this August. In September, I'll be at the Leading Edge Libraries Conference, hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Both of these conferences will be an exciting opportunity to share some of what I have been doing at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and learn new things from fellow librarians that I've only interacted with online. If you're planning to be at either of these conferences, I'm looking forward to meeting you and hope you'll say hi!

Thanks for reading my newly renovated blog. If you haven't already, please click the links in the footer of the site to follow my public Facebook page or connect on LinkedIn. I may not be in my faculty office much over the next six months, but you can find me here!

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