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Mar 16, 2010
Equinox has been talking about it for quite some time but there appears to be actual movement on a true open source ILL module for linking not just open source library systems but all ILS products (pending some standards compliance issues I imagein).
The name of the product is FulfILLment and the website says "it will provide library users seamless access to materials owned by libraries using FullfILLment—no matter which integrated library system his or her library uses."
Mar 2, 2010
I have been very busy writing and posting blog entries but alas, the content is all living elsewhere. Much of what I write is for clients and these reports sometimes find their way to this site. But not always. For now, take a peek at a new website I'm working on with King County Library System and the other rascals involved in moving libraries to open source library systems.
Jan 17, 2010
Thomas Krichel of Palmer School of Library and Information Science has developed, and is sharing, course material for an intensive course he developed in which students, without any previous system admininstration experience, installed debian, and then installed Koha.
All 17 of his students were successful...wanna give it a go?
Jan 12, 2010
Closerware has teamed with TechSoup Stock to make its web-based VolunteerMatters operations management and outreach software available to nonprofit organizations and public libraries. Organizations that make use of volunteers can use VolunteerMatters to schedule shifts, maintain contact information, publish an online directory, send email and postal mail communications, and generate various kinds of reports.
Jan 3, 2010
If you're a new developer that wants to obtain more in-depth knowledge of Evergreen, this is a great place to start:
Dec 31, 2009
Califa, in partnership with InfoPeople, is pleased to be presenting The Edgy Librarian, an online web conference held on January 20, 2010, featuring many of the new technologies being used in libraries, and show-and-tell sessions from libraries using those new services! Registration information is below, and the sessions are as follows (all times are in Pacific Time Zone):
Nov 16, 2009
The OLE Final Report is out and it begins with a "research scenario" that OLE is striving to support. In other words, the library software they are planning to develop (in the next phase which is code named the Kuali OLE Project) could make the following scenario a reality...
An economist is conducting research on the housing market financial collapse.
Nov 9, 2009
In Mark Leggott's lengthy response to Stephen Abram's article, he challenges many of Abram's claims and does so from his own relevant experience: Leggott is from the University of Prince Edward Island which migrated off SirsiDynix Unicorn to Evergreen.
The following four issues (fears) often come up for people when they first start looking into an OSLS (open source library system):
Nov 5, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
Roy Tennant has provided some must-read words of wisdom for Library Administrators. Here's my personal favorite:
#4: Maximize the effectiveness of your most costly technology investment -- your people. As technology itself falls in price per unit, your staff is likely to get more expensive. So pay attention to what is required to make the most effective use of them. This means getting them the training and resources they need to do their job well.