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VALENJ: PINES & the Evergreen Open Source ILS

Elizabeth McKinney de Garcia, Program Director of Georgia PINES talked to us about how PINES decided to develop their own open-source ILS, Evergreen. Georgia PINES is made up of 49 public library systems which equates to 275 facilities and bookmobiles sharing a joint bibliographic database of nearly 9 million books. About PINES The PINES library card is free to residents of Georgia and can be used at any PINES library  [ Read More ]

VALENJ: WALDO & the Koha Open Source ILS

John Stromquist, Executive Director of the WALDO Consortium talked to us about their decision to go with the Koha ILS and LibLime. WALDO is a multi-type library consortium. Of their membership, there are 12 full members (this means they have a shared ils), 11 associate members (this means they share a union catalog), 500+ regular academic members, and 400+ public members. WALDO helps libraries with vendor contracts, John said that  [ Read More ]

VALENJ: Q&A

After talks by Joe Lucia, Bob Molyneux and Joshua Ferraro we had a Q&A sessions at the VALE symposium. I’m going to put these in note format so that you can hopefully follow who said what: Q: One person’s enhancement might be another person’s bug – how do you control that with open source? A: Joe – the release process depends on who gets to commit final changes to the  [ Read More ]

VALENJ: Koha Open Source Library System

Next up, LibLime‘s Joshua Ferraro. Josh talked to us about why LibLime was started and what both LibLime & Koha could do for libraries. Originally uploaded by nengard Why start LibLime? Josh would often hear librarians saying that they liked the idea of open source, but we have no way to support it. So, Josh started LibLime to offer libraries support for open-source software in hopes that once the company  [ Read More ]

VALENJ: Evergreen Open Source Library System

Bob Molyneux of Equinox was second to speak at the VALE Symposium the other day. Bob started by filling us in on the state of the open-source software US public library market which is only about 1%, give or take. He didn’t have the data for academic libraries yet, but he was sure it was less than the publics. That said, a new wind is blowing and big consortia like  [ Read More ]

VALENJ: From Open Stacks to Open Source

This week I was lucky enough to attend an event at The College of New Jersey entitled Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium and hosted by VALE (Virtual Academic Library Environment of New Jersey). The goal of this day was for the members of VALE to decide if they wanted to join in on a shared open source ILS community. The program started with an intro to Open Source by  [ Read More ]

Bookmarks for July

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Bookmarks for July

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Bookmarks for July

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on ...

Bookmarks for July

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on ...

Bookmarks for July

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on ...