Empowering Your Organization

Presentation at KohaCon 2009. The goal of this session is to make sure people moving to an Open Source Library System such as Koha don't treat the change as "just another migration with a new vendor." The possibilities are endless. It requires a complete culture shift to truly take advantage of the possibilities. And, its exciting! Plano, Texas.

Open Source - Free is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

First of a three-part series of webinars on open source library systems sponsored by Infopeople Califa, and the Open Source Library Consortium. The goal of this webinar was to help clarify the differences between the proprietary ILS model and the (then) new Open Source library system model, including what it means for the library staff and budget.

OSLS Software: Libraries are Doing it for Themselves

Second of a three-part series of webinars on open source library systems sponsored by Infopeople Califa, and the Open Source Library Consortium. The goal of the webinar was to help libraries understand why involving your organization in an OSLS project creates opportunities for delivering new services to customers and optimizing the work of your staff.

Open Source-Open Libraries Consortium (and Related Stuff)

From a session at the 2009 Califa Vendor Fair on the Open Source - Open Libraries Consortium. There was no formal presentation. Instead, attendees were asked to choose the topics to be addressed in the short session. PPT slides were used to help answer those questions. Handouts that were available are included as the last three pages of the attached PDF.

Attendees chose the topic to be addressed from this slide.

SirsiDynix and the FUD Factor

Two online tidbits led me to check in with the folks at SirsiDynix about what they are telling their customers about the viability of moving to an open source ILS. Officially, SirsiDynix states that "we believe that competition is good...Two online tidbits led me to check in with the folks at SirsiDynix about what they are telling their customers about the viability of moving to an open source ILS.  Officially, SirsiDynix states that "we believe that competition is good.

FulfILLment spins off Evergreen as Independent OS Project

A new state-of-the-art resource sharing software has been in the works at Equinox (with sponsorship from ohioNET) for some time now.  And while it isn't ready for download, it did cross a new threshold recently.  As of August 2, 2010, FulfILLment was established as its own open source project (as opposed to a piece of Evergreen).

Open Source Opportunities for Consortia

I'm heading off to Colorado today to talk with a library consortium about some of the exciting opportunities for expanding their services by taking advantage of open source technologies.   What I'll be talking about is the openings created when a library migrates to an open source library system product like Koha or Evergreen.

Here's my starter list of the things library consortia can be (okay, I mean should be) doing: