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DESCRIPTIONThis presentation is from a TechSoup webinar. You can view the archive page (https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=peinch14k2ix) for a recording and links to all of the many open source tools that were discussed. We have a lively conversation on our community forum (http://bit.ly/oslib) as Cindy and Kyle answered questions we didn't get to during the webinar.
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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
- Often Replaces
- Microsoft Office
OpenOffice.org 17. Web Services
- Often Replaces
- Microsoft IIS
- Most popular web server in use.
Apache Web Server http://httpd.apache.org 18. Database
- Often Replaces
- MS SQL Server
- Often used with Apache
- Interactive websites
- Web-based applications
MySQL & PostgreSQL http://www.postgresql.org/ http://www.mysql.com 19. Library System Software
- 1 stever FOSS ILS
- Web-based Catalog & Librarian interface
- Flexible Design
- Other Alternatives
Koha http://koha-community.org 20. Email
- Often replaces
- MS Exchange
- Contact Management
- Spam filtering
Zimbra Zimbra http://zimbra.com 21. Desktop Virtualization
- Often replaces:
VirtualBox VirtualBox http://www.virtualbox.org/ 22. Server Virtualization
- Often replaces:
- VMWare Server Products
- Consolidates hardware
- Server pooling
- Lower TCO
Xen http://www.xen.org 23. Website Create & Management
- Great for creating & managing blogs & websites
- Web-based interface
- Many templates
- Many plugins
- Good documentation
Wordpress http://wordpress.org 24. 25. Internet Filtering
- Squid caching proxy
- SquidGuard URL-based filtering
- DansGuardian content filtering server-based
http://www.squid-cache.org http://dansguardian.org 26. Public Thin Clients
- Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP)
- We use it for public computers & OPACS
- Reuse old hardware or use new low power hardware
- Centralizes maintenance
http://ltsp.org 27. 28. Libki Kiosk Management
- Integrates with Koha
- Manages patron time on public computers
- Librarian management interface
http://libki.org 29. 30. Asterisk Phone System
- SIP-based PBX
- VoIP gateway
- Conference server
- Voice menus
http://www.asterisk.org 31. Resources 32. Meadville Public Librarys OSS Resources for Libraries: http://meadvillelibrary.org/os 33. Benefits? Caveats? 34. Benefits vs. Caveats
- Access to the code
- Build upon whatyou learn
- Many choicesfor support
- Free as in free kitten
- Learning curve
- Documentation quality varies
35. Recommendations for Getting Started 36. What to look for in an OSS project
- Vibrant, active community of users & developers
- Points of contact mailing list, IRC, etc.
- Active development
37. Why OSS is important for libraries
- Taking the reins directly guiding technology in our libraries
- FOSS benefits everyone our profession, our patrons
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