Open Source Options for Education


OSS Watch has published a list of open source options for education that I think might be helpful to many of you.

This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning.

The list includes proprietary software that the open source is an alternative to. Check out the entire list and learn about new open source applications that might be of use at your library.

Free Koha Intro Webinars


Join me for one of these free Koha introductory webinars!!

Learn more about Koha on ByWater’s What is Koha? page.

Setting My Privacy in Koha 3.6


A little while ago I showed your patrons how to access their reading history, but I forgot to tell them how to update their privacy settings, so here you go. This tutorial video will help your patrons set their reading privacy in the OPAC.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Bulk WordPress Plugin Installer


I am always setting up new WordPress sites and the first thing I do – the first thing we all do – is install a set of the same plugins. Now there is a plugin to make it easier to bulk install those favorites!

Bulk Plugin Installation is a new plugin that allows you to install one or more plugins simply by typing their names or download URLs in a new textarea added to the “Add New” plugin page.

Learn more and see screenshots on

Amazon’s bestselling laptop is open source!


This from ZDNet:

The bottom line is Windows 8 PC and laptop sales have been slow. So, what, according to Amazon, in this winter of Windows 8 discontent has been the best selling laptop? It’s Samsung’s ARM-powered, Linux-based Chromebook.

Now, I don’t have a Chromebook, so I can’t give you a review, but of the 660 reviews on Amazon over 375 are 5 stars!

I know a lot of libraries loan out laptops, maybe if your library couldn’t afford to do so before, you might want to give the Chromebook a look.