The closed, proprietary, integrated library systems (ILS) of the last decade have left libraries with no control over features, enhancements, hardware platforms, or support options resulting in an attitude of “learned helplessness” when it comes to their ILS. Open Source Library Systems (OSLS) offer opportunities to empower libraries and library staff to create new kinds of collaborative support and development environments.
This session will include lecture, group discussion and group activities. The goal is to make participants aware of the unique opportunity that comes with using Open Source software to change the library’s culture from one of learned helplessness to one of continuous improvement where ideas about enhancing service to customers and improving work flow can be rapidly brought to fruition. With a new relationship to their ILS, employees throughout the library can participate in making the library experience better for all.
The seminar will include the following components:
* overview of Open Source software including an explanation of the underlying business model and principles
* group activity designed to draw the sharp distinction between an OSLS and an ILS (closed, proprietary, vendor-controlled) in terms of the library's ability to affect every aspect of their own working environment as well as the services they can make available to customers
* discussion of Open Source Library Software (OSLS) currently available and who’s using them
* discussion of support options and collaboration possibilities
* discussion of the ways your library can get involved with an OSLS project
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