This from OStatic: French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has issued a missive to French ministers, including a complete action plan urging government usage of LibreOffice and PostgreSQL. But the action plan calls for more. As noted on Slashdot: “He also wants them to reinvest between 5 percent and 10 percent of the money they save through not paying for proprietary software licenses, spending it instead on contributing to the development [ Read More ]
Archive for the ‘Open Source’ Category
Digsby is an instant message client with a pretty nice interface. I wasn’t using it in the past because I wanted to go with an open source alternative and I was liked Adium. That said, TechCrunch is reporting that Digsby has gone open source and so I might have to try it out again! The move gives a new lease of life to Digsby, which integrates different messaging and email [ Read More ]
Part of serials management sometimes includes routing serials to specific staff members before putting the item on the shelf for the public. This practice is common in special and academic libraries. The following video will walk you through creating and printing routing lists using the serials module in Koha. This video assumes that you have already set up at least one subscription in Koha, if you haven’t you might be [ Read More ]
Koha comes with many handy frameworks out of the box, but as we all know, all libraries are different. This tutorial will cover editing an existing framework to meet the needs of your library. 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.
One of the most critical administrative tasks in Koha is setting up your circulation and fine rules. This video, while a bit longer than most of my tutorials, covers this very necessary task of setting up Koha to circulate your items according to your specific rules. 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 [ Read More ]
This is a neat little summary of the proprietary companies out there using open source. The article starts with a neat claim: So if you are going to master software you must master open source. You can’t do it otherwise. There is no way to succeed in a services world without it. And goes on to list companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Intel who are both using [ Read More ]
This article from CNET is pretty cool (well cool to this open source advocate at least): Forget LinkedIn: Companies turn to GitHub to find tech talent Because engineers and designers can post their work for all to see, more and more companies are realizing they can see what people can actually do, not just say they can do. If you don’t know, GitHub is one of many sites out there [ Read More ]
One of the most common uses for the batch delete tool in Koha is to batch delete items you have previously marked as ‘withdrawn’ from the collection. This tutorial will walk you through deleting a batch of items that have been marked as withdrawn. The report mentioned in this video can be found on the Koha wiki here. As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just [ Read More ]
Several years ago (seems like a lifetime ago to me) I left the library to work for a vendor, an open source vendor of course, but a vendor nonetheless. I used to joke that I had crossed over to the ‘dark side.’ Five years later I can’t imagine ever going to back to working in the library itself. It’s not that I don’t love libraries – of course I do! [ Read More ]
Last week I showed you how to create a patron type for your statistical patrons. This week I’ll show you how to use that patron type to create a patron for tracking in house use. 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.