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I will be teaching a course for Infopeople in May all about open source software in libraries!

With the growing popularity of applications like Koha, Evergreen, Open Office, and Ubuntu, the library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use, change, or improvement in a public, collaborative manner. More than just programming, open source is about following a philosophy of free distribution and access. The open source world and the library world live by the same principles.

  • What does open source mean to you and your library? The benefits are immediately evident:
  • More flexibility and freedom than using software purchased with license restrictions
  • More affordable options than other alternatives on the market
  • The ability to provide exceptional service with ever-decreasing budgets

This course will introduce you to what open source is, how easy it is to implement, and how to evaluate open source software options. You’ll be able to separate the facts from misconceptions and come away with a toolbox of over 60 open source applications that you can start using right away at your library.

Register soon to learn all about how you can use open source in your library.


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