This webinar will cover specific open source tools (some of which you may not have heard of before!) that work well for libraries and the benefits and challenges associated with their use. Meadville Public Library uses open source software on 90% of their public access computers.
Cindy Murdock Ames, IT Services Director and Kyle Hall, the library's on-staff developer, will share recommendations for libraries considering open source software and how to get started successfully. Cindy has been using open source software for over 10 years, which has allowed the library to save licensing costs and have more control over its computing environment. The library uses open source tools for their websites, e-mail, Internet firewall, wireless router, proxying, filtering, and productivity software. They use thin clients for Internet access and Koha for the circulation and public catalogs.
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4. The Story of an Open Source Library Presenters:Cindy Murdock Ames, Kyle Hall Sponsored by 5. We are working toward a time when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential. 6. 7. Todays Speakers Kyle Hall Meadville Public Library Crawford County Federated Library System Cindy Murdock Ames Meadville Public Library Crawford County Federated Library System Facilitator: Stephanie Gerding, TechSoup Global Assisting with chat questions:Kami Griffiths & Sarah Washburn, TechSoup Global 8. Meadville Public Library 9. Agenda
What is Open Source (OSS, FOSS)?
How did Meadville develop into an OSS library?
What tools work for libraries?
What are the Benefits/Caveats?
What to look for in an OS project
Why is OSS important for libraries?
10. How They Got Started andWhere They are Now 11. Timeline
1998-1999:Began using floppy-based Linux routers to share dialup connections in each library.
1999:Hired a consultant to provide Cindy with Linux training.
1999-2000:Began using OpenBSD to build a firewall/router for MPL
Hired a consultant to train Cindy in using OpenBSD
2000:Began using LTSP ( Linux Terminal Server Project )
Allows reuse of old hardware
2001:Kyle joins IT staff on a part time basis.
2000-2002:Began using FOSS Internet filtering software.
2004-2005:Began investing Open Source ILS systems to replace aging ILS.
Sponsored development of Koha to allow it to be used by libraries with large collections.
Hired Kyle full time.
Primary duties include Koha development.
Migrated all CCFLS libraries to Koha
Kyle investigates FOSS Internet kiosk management software(OpenKiosk, OutKafe, etc)
Kyle develops Libki, a new FOSS Internet kiosk management software.
Kyle replaces aging phone system with Open Source SIP-based phone system.
Upgraded to Koha 3.2
15. Specific Open Source ToolsGreat for Library Use 16. Office Software
OpenOffice.org 17. Web Services
Most popular web server in use.
Apache Web Server http://httpd.apache.org 18. Database
MS SQL Server
Often used with Apache
MySQL & PostgreSQL http://www.postgresql.org/ http://www.mysql.com 19. Library System Software
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