Category Archives: Open Source

Repurposing library software to enhance collaboration

This looks like a great new article from Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.  It reports an interesting use of the IMDb website.  I didn’t know that one could export IMDb information.

Open Source Opens Doors: Repurposing Library Software to Facilitate Faculty Research and Collaboration” by Sandra L. Stump and Rosemary L. Deegan


Asked to convert a faculty-created Microsoft Word document of biblical references found within popular films into a searchable database for scholars, the Albright College library staff helped create a multi-access database called Bible in the Reel World. The database relied on student workers for inputting data, used MARC standard formatting for future portability, and encouraged interactive feedback, enabling scholars to submit comments and suggest additional films and references. Using the open source integrated library system Koha, MarcEdit software, and free record exporting from IMDb, library staff created a fully-searchable database for researchers and scholars to examine the use of scripture in popular film.

New Open Source ILS Website


New website offers a starting point for librarians interested in Open Source Integrated Library Systems

A new website, Open Source ILS (, is now available as a resource for librarians and anyone interested in open source software integrated library systems (OSS ILS). The website is the product of a multi-year IMLS grant-funded study of technical support options for proprietary and open source ILS. It offers best practices gleaned from interviews with open source ILS adopters on subjects such as evaluating, migrating to, and customizing and maintaining these systems.

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International collaboration to help transform the way libraries manage their resources

Excerpt: “Kuali OLE, one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States, and JISC, the UK’s expert on digital technologies for education and research, announce a collaboration that will make data about e-resources—such as publication and licensing information—more easily available. Together, Kuali OLE and JISC will develop an international open data repository that will give academic libraries a broader view of subscribed resources.  The effort, known as the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) project, is funded in part by a $499,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  North Carolina State University will serve as lead institution for the project.”

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries

An Infopeople online course, May 1 to May 28, 2012
Do you want to increase your familiarity with Open Source applications for your library? You may already be blogging with WordPress, creating documents with LibreOffice, or managing content with Drupal. There are many more Open Source solutions for everyday tasks. In this Infopeople course, author and self-described “Open Source evangelist” Nicole Engard will:
• Introduce you to what Open Source is and how easy it is to implement
• Show you how to evaluate Open Source software options
• Provide a toolbox of over 60 Open Source applications that you can start using right away

For a complete course description and to register go to

. Gini Ambrosino, Infopeople Project Assistant 705 E. Bidwell, Suite 2 – 312 Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 690-6595

eCornucopia 2011—The Open Digital University

The third annual conference at Oakland University will examine specific examples about how openness is implemented in higher education and the importance of increasing the transparency and accessibility of knowledge.  We will offer three tracks, Open Education (open educational resources), Open Access (library journals) and Open Source (open computer code and ramifications) , to further explore this topic as it relates to faculty, librarians and instructional technologists respectively.

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FOSS4LIB – Just 2 Weeks Old and Gaining Momentum

From Lyrasis semi-monthly Newsletter, Feb 7

“Two weeks ago, LYRASIS announced the launch of FOSS4LIB (Free/Open Source Software for Libraries), a website dedicated to providing guidance about open source software for the library community. FOSS4LIB was designed with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to offer a set of Decision Support Tools for the library community to assess open source readiness and related decisions.

Since its launch, FOSS4LIB has received more than 3,000 web page visits and has nearly 100 users and newly registered packages and providers. The more active members in the FOSS4LIB community, the more successful this tool will be for everyone. To learn more about FOSS4LIB, join Peter Murray for a FREE webinar on Friday, February 10 from 3 – 4 p.m. ET. Email Peter Murray to register.

FOSS4LIB is supported by LYRASIS Technology Services (LTS), which strives to help libraries leverage technology with both individual and group solutions. Open source solutions are a major focus area for LTS, and we offer extensive open source support including needs assessment, hosting and maintenance. Click here to read more about LYRASIS Technology Services Open Source Support, or register today for one of our FREE LTS webinars.”

California Digital Library Partners with Public Knowledge Project on Open-Access Software Development

The Digital Shift
Excerpt: “The California Digital Library (CDL) on February 7 announced a “major development partnership,” on behalf of the University of California system, with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) to help develop its open-source software suite aimed at easing open-access journal publication.   The announcement was made in a post by CDL director of publishing Catherine Mitchell on the CDL website. Mitchell told LJ via email that CDL will be providing unspecified financial support and “significant development resources in support of the PKP product line.”

LYRASIS launches website on open source software

ATLANTA – (January 18, 2012) – LYRASIS is pleased to announce the launch of FOSS4LIB (Free/Open Source Software for Libraries), a website dedicated to providing guidance about open source software for the library community.

With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, LYRASIS Technology Services is leveraging the expertise of its open source development team and consulting staff to help librarians and technologists navigate through the planning, decision-making and implementation processes associated with open source. “Open source software enables libraries to improve their services in cost-effective ways. Through the FOSS4LIB website, library professionals will be able to more effectively assess and meet the needs of their staff and users through open source,” said Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS.

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Intl Call for Papers on Open Source

*International Conference on Trends in Knowledge and Information Dynamics 10-13, July, 2012
Hosted by: Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore, India   Email: Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) was founded by late Prof. S.R. Ranganathan in 1962. We are happy to announce ICTK-2012 as part of DRTC Golden Jubilee celebrations.


We invite extended abstracts in English on a wide range of themes and sub themes.  Broadly the themes of the conference are divided into main streams. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers on narrower and related areas, as the following are only broader guiding themes.

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Clay Shirky on collaboration

Yup, I am a big Clay Shirky fan.  The Read Write Web blog has a new post, “Clay Shirky Says Good Collaboration is Structured Fighting.”

Companies and projects focusing on large-scale collaboration might want to start thinking about collaboration in a new way. Clay Shirky, author of  Here Comes Everybody closed out the second day of LinuxCon North America 2011 with a contrarian look at collaboration. While many treat collaboration as a “love fest” or harmonious interaction, Shirky put forward the idea that productive methods of fighting are the most successful, particularly in open source.