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.
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New website offers a starting point for librarians interested in Open Source Integrated Library Systems
A new website, Open Source ILS (http://opensourceils.com), 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.
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.”
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 http://infopeople.org/training/practical-open-source-software
. Gini Ambrosino, Infopeople Project Assistant 705 E. Bidwell, Suite 2 – 312 Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 690-6595 firstname.lastname@example.org http://infopeople.org/
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.
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.”
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.”