Learn Open Source in a Day Long Camp

In March I’m doing a day long camp for NyLink on open source software in libraries. If you’re in the area make sure you sign up because space is limited.

The library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. Make sense? Probably not! Would it help if you knew that open source is not just about programming, but about following a philosophy?

Still confused? Not surprising. What will open source mean to our libraries? More flexibility and freedom than software purchased with license restrictions. This is an important path for libraries to consider. Why open source? Because both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles.

In this one-day camp, Nicole Engard will give you the facts and dispel myths about open source. After an intro to open source, attendees will share their stories and experiences. Nicole will be on hand to answer questions; show possible tools and how libraries are using them; and to facilitate the day. Bring your laptops to experiment and try out new technologies!


  • Define open source and be able to answer basic questions the nature of open source and its uses
  • List open source applications for the library, home and office
  • Compare open source applications to traditional proprietary options
  • Discuss examples & experiences from other libraries

Available Classes

  • A 1 day(s) Conference at Nylink 3rd fl. Training Facility Rm. on: 03/08 (9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET)

I hope to see some of you there!!

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