Friday, November 04, 2005

Houston Area - Open Source Software in Libraries Workshop

Title: Open Source Software in Libraries
Date: February 17, 2006
Early Bird Deadline: 1/06/2006
Location: North Harris Montgomery Community College District Libraries, The Woodlands, TX

According to the Open Source Initiative, "the basic idea behind open source is very simple: when programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing."

This workshop will provide structured opportunities for participants to experience how open source software can be used to implement many library-specific processes. Learn how open source software can help simplify such processes such as reading and writing MARC records, creating and maintaining databases, providing user-friendly interfaces to indexed content, hosting a World Wide Web server, and most importantly, bringing all of these processes together to providing meaningful library collections and services.

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn skills enabling them to:
  • Bring up a Web server and serve simple HTML files
  • Write and run very simple computer programs
  • Use a Z39.50 client to search for and download Library of Congress MARC records
  • Read, write, and create reports against sets of MARC records
  • Index MARC records and HTML files and make these indexes available on the web as CGI scripts
  • Read, write, and convert XML files
  • Create a very simple library catalog using a relational database
Library directors, managers, catalogers, reference librarians, bibliographers, archivists, electronic resource librarians, systems librarians, IT managers -- all types of librarians.

Participants should be able to type, have an understanding of the fundamental principles of librarianship, and most importantly, be willing to learn.

Eric Lease Morgan is head of the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department at the University Libraries at Notre Dame. He considers himself a librarian first and a computer user second. His professional goal is to discover new ways to use computers to improve library and knowledge services. Applied research and development has included investigations into traditional library science, digital libraries, information retrieval, and human-computer interaction. In 1994, he began the Mr Serials Process, a systematic method for collecting, indexing, and disseminating electronic serials. This matured into Index Morganagus. One of his more recognized accomplishments is the development of a portal application called MyLibrary. In 2002, he was awarded the Bowker/Ulrich Serials Librarianship Award for his serials work as well as MyLibrary. In 2004, he was awarded the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for outstanding communication in library and information technology.

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I attended this workshop a while back in Dallas and it was worth it. Now it is here in my area. Well worth attending.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am interested in this open source code for applications but wonder how effective it is. Suppose you let many librarians in to work your library, organize your desk and files. Sone you will have a mess as many people impliment well intentioned organization skills. It is the same for open source code, isn't it? Who decides which ideas finally end up in the code? Don't get me wrong, I have years of training and experience in programming and am often frustrated in code that is hot designed for humans to use (-: Many times I want to rewrite the application to make it work. How does open source code reworking work for libraries?