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NJLA - Open Source

A non-technical discussion of open source software as pertaining to libraries - Eric Lozauskas, BCCLS & Kurt W. Wagner, William Paterson University

Kurt Wagner

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of NJLA - Open Source

open source
and libraries:
Don't worry! Eric Lozauskas,
Director of Information Technology
bergen county cooperative library system

Kurt w. wagner
asstistant director-head, library information systems
cheng library, William paterson university
wagnerk@wpunj.edu WHAT? NJLA - April 27, 2010 Introduction
Open source software is free to use, edit, share, and is royalty-free.
source code is available for editing and modification
harnesses the power of distributed peer review
transparent processes
community development - innovation is welcomed
efforts made to be technology/platform neutral
end of vendor hegemony
http://www.opensource.org why? Open source is about you: your needs, your specifications, your uniqueness. It's made to fit you.
Open Source leverages the power of an open community of users and developers.
Open Source removes the "black box" of corporate development from your environment.
Open source allows you to invest in ways that are more wise, local, and with demonstrable ROI. Pros / Cons Your open source products are not driven by Wall Street
Open source software is usually free to download, use, modify, and redistribute.
Open source applications can be modified to fit your individual needs without permission or charge
Open source applications can receive rapid troubleshooting, bug fixing and development by a pool of community developers
Open source is "free, as in kittens". You shift some resources into local programming. Examples Operating Systems
Servers, desktops, smaller devices
Servers at BCCLS
Open Office vs. Microsoft Office
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) vs. Adobe Photoshop
Mozilla Firefox
RealVNC, UltraVNC vs. PCAnywhere or Timbuktu

Open OPAC You don't have to ditch your current ILS to gain the benefits of an open AND next-generation ILS.

You can implement a standalone, open source ILS that runs alongside your traditional system.

VUFind http://bit.ly/brYxVZ
LibraryFind http://bit.ly/bPYDW3
SOPAC http://bit.ly/aIWXHz
Scriblio http://bit.ly/xxmZI

There are others: http://bit.ly/chwJ84 Pros / Cons Koha
First open source ILS
Created in 1999 for a library in New Zealand (released in 2000)
Actively used in USA
Consortial focused product
Created in 2004 by Georgia Public Library Service for PINES (released in 2005)
Actively used in USA
Developed in 2005, declared open source in 2008
Primarily used in India
PMB (PhpMyBiblio)
Developed in 2002, released in 2003
Primarily used throughout Europe Open ILS Pros
Next generation catalog features
Cost effective database (vs. Microsoft SQL, Oracle)
Full access to code
Client application could be based in java, flash or a compiled application.
Rapid product development
User community support
Product development path?
Support options
Programming and configuration expertise
Product development motivation? VALE What could a shared, open source library system mean for VALE?
Less redundancy of systems
Less duplication of functions
Less outlay for independent, non-integrated systems
Potentially, millions less going to proprietary ILS vendors
More investment in NJ
More locally relevent, library-centric development
Better efficiencies for ourselves and better services for our users. Support Options


In-house expertise

LibLime - Koha
PTFS - Koha
Equinox - Evergreen The Theory of Moral Sentiments
by Adam Smith

"The Invisible Hand"

Combination of self-interest, competition, and supply and demand - self regulating.

Open Source development? Product Development Motivation -

Corporate interests? Not really

Open Source community? Yes

Do open source projects falter? Sometimes... http://prezi.com/gh67vyqixusm/
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