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Online Doc LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group Agenda, ALA Saturday, June 28

by Victoria Teal Lovely on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

LITA Open Source Interest Group
Agenda
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30am to 11:30am

Las Vegas Convention Center

N224

Meeting information: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14743

LITA Open Source Interest Group
Agenda
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30am to 11:30am

Las Vegas Convention Center

N224

Meeting information: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14743

  1. Introduction of participants
  2. Discussion topics for ALA Mid-winter
  3. Program for ALA 2015 -- due in July or August; please see notes from mid-winter below and bring ideas for presenters
  4. Survey of libraries regarding open source products
  5. Other project or program ideas?

Notes regarding ALA program for 2015 from ALA midwinter meeting: Consensus is that a panel on administrative concerns (e.g., cost models, the sorts of staffing that are truly required to run OSS, effective community involvement) would be a goodidea for a program. Advocacy has moved on -- it's more rare to have to answer the question "what IS open source" -- but is still needed to reach many library directors and/or IT departments concerned aboutlong-term sustainability and costing. - See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/225713#sthash.8vPED603.dpuf

 

 

 

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Online Doc Notes from LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group, ALA, January 25, 2014

by Victoria Teal Lovely on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 07:43 pm

Notes from LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group, ALA Midwinter, January 25, 2014

 

Notes from LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group, ALA Midwinter, January 25, 2014

 

Introductions/Attendees
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* Vicki Teal Lovely - SCLS; running LibLime Koha for 40+ libraries
* Rob Nunez - Marquette University - Emerging Technologies Librarian;
pushing OSS.  Has worked with LAMP, Koha, Wordpress, Drupal, etc.
* Mike Rylander - Equinox Software, service provider for Evergreen and Koha
Galen Charlton - Equinox Software, current release manager for Koha
* Bob Benhoff - LibLime Koha, Colorado Library Consortium
* Bill Jones - NYU - ILS librarian
* Eugene D. Hsue - Temple University Law Library

Charge of the IG
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Current charge: "To encourage active participation in the open source
community through developing, adapting, improving and fixing open
source solutions for use in libraries. To promote the use of open
source in libraries through education, distribution, and creating
support structures to assist with appropriate implementation. To
advocate for the development of appropriate standards and policies
that are true to the spirit of the open source movement.”

The discussion touched on the question of getting numbers on usage of
open source systems by libraries.  Marshall Breeding's lib-web-cats
covers ILSs and discovery systems, but not sure if there is any
equivalent for digital repositories, link resolvers, ERMs, and so
forth.

One idea is that the OSS IG could act as clearinghouse for gathering
such information on usage.

Eugene raised a point and question about the degree to which libraries
get reputational benefits for contributions and active participation
in open source communities.  Broader publicity for such contributions
could be the start of a feedback mechanism.  Many library
technologists already get reputational kudos, but broadening this to
administrators may help (Galen suggested the example of two library
directors talking at an ALA conference, and one mentioning to the
other, "my library sponsored this cool, money-saving feature for our
open-source ILS")

There was discussion about the buzz surrounding open source seems to
be quieter nowadays.  Thoughts include:

* it's more mainstream
* it's past the early adopter phase, past bleeding edge
* some uses of open sources have been normalized: e.g., infrastructure
things like Linux, Drupal, and Apache.
* broadly speaking, FLOSS ILSs have achieved functional parity, so
decisions are more likely to be based purely on features and cost

There was discussion of possible programs for 2015.  Deadline for
proposals is August.  Consensus is that a panel on administrative
concerns (e.g., cost models, the sorts of staffing that are truly
required to run OSS, effective community involvement) would be a good
idea for a program. Advocacy has moved on -- it's more rare to have to
answer the question "what IS open source" -- but is still needed to
reach many library directors and/or IT departments concerned about
long-term sustainability and costing.

Recorded by Galen Charlton

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Online Doc LITA Open Source Interest Group Agenda, ALA Midwinter

by Victoria Teal Lovely on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 09:20 am

LITA Open Source Interest Group
ALA Midwinter
Saturday, January 25 
10:30-11:30 am
Marriott
Grand B

Agenda

  1. Introduction of participants & Updates
  2. Review IG Charge (below
  3. Proposals for conference programs and/or preconferences

We will follow the usual format of introducing ourselves and sharing our involvement and/or interest in open source.  

LITA Open Source Interest Group
ALA Midwinter
Saturday, January 25 
10:30-11:30 am
Marriott
Grand B

Agenda

  1. Introduction of participants & Updates
  2. Review IG Charge (below
  3. Proposals for conference programs and/or preconferences

We will follow the usual format of introducing ourselves and sharing our involvement and/or interest in open source.  

I would like to review the charge.  Does this reflect the needs of the attendees?

Charge: To encourage active participation in the open source community through developing, adapting, improving and fixing open source solutions for use in libraries. To promote the use of open source in libraries through education, distribution, and creating support structures to assist with appropriate implementation. To advocate for the development of appropriate standards and policies that are true to the spirit of the open source movement.

Finally, we will consider proposals for programs or preconferences at future ALA conferences.

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Discussion Midwinter 2013 meeting summary posted

by Galen Charlton on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 02:56 pm

I've posted my official report of the meeting at http://connect.ala.org/node/199110.

Discussion LITA OSS IG meeting agenda, ALA Midwinter 2013

by Galen Charlton on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 06:16 pm

 

The LITA OSS IG will be meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 26 January 2013 in the Discovery room at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.There will be a brief business meeting with the following agenda:

 

The LITA OSS IG will be meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 26 January 2013 in the Discovery room at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.There will be a brief business meeting with the following agenda:

  1. Renewal of the interest group
  2. Election of a new IG chair
  3. Proposals for conference programs and/or preconferences

However, the majority of the meeting will consist of a discussion of what folks have been up to with open source software for libraries.  We'll do the traditional round-the-table update, but in honor of the IG's renewal coming around, I'd also like to toss out the following topic for discussion:When's the last time you had to explain the concept of F/OSS to library management?  It's probably been a while.  But now that open source software has achieved a level of acceptance as part of the library IT ecosystem, what are the next steps?  What challenges face those who advocate for and deploy F/OSS in their libraries?

 

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Event Kuali OLE: Community Ready Software for Your Library!

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:08 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Kuali OLE (pronounced oh-lay) is in the first year of building a community-source library management system that takes advantage of existing Kuali Foundation software. Operating since July 2010, and supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kuali OLE is one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States. This program will provide an overview of our current software release and how you can get involved with Kuali OLE at your library.

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Kuali OLE (pronounced oh-lay) is in the first year of building a community-source library management system that takes advantage of existing Kuali Foundation software. Operating since July 2010, and supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kuali OLE is one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States. This program will provide an overview of our current software release and how you can get involved with Kuali OLE at your library.

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Discussion Other LITA OSS IG resources

by Galen Charlton on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 10:28 am

A couple resources for the LITA Open Source Systems IG:

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Encourages active participation in the Open Source community through developing, adapting, improving and fixing Open Source solutions for use in libraries. Promotes the use of Open Source in libraries through education, distribution, and creating support structures to assist with appropriate implementation. Advocates for the development of appropriate standards and policies that are true to the spirit of the Open Source movement.

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