Daily Archives: April 6, 2012

Open Source Software for your Library

Are you using Open Source software at your library? You may already be blogging with WordPress, creating documents with Open Office, or managing content with Drupal. There are many more Open Source solutions for everyday tasks.

With space still available in this online course, you can join author and self-described “evangelist” Nicole Engard to increase your awareness of how your library can benefit from flexible and affordable Open Source solutions.

Title:  Practical Open Source Software for Libraries (An Infopeople Online Learning Course)

Dates:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Monday, May 28, 2012

Instructor:  Nicole Engard

To register for this course:  Click the link to Online Registration at:

http://infopeople.org/training/practical-open-source-software

Fee:  $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

With the growing popularity of applications like Koha, Evergreen, Open Office, and Ubuntu, the library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use, change, or improvement in a public, collaborative manner. More than just programming, open source is about following a philosophy of free distribution and access. The open source world and the library world live by the same principles.

What does open source mean to you and your library? The benefits are immediately evident:

  • More flexibility and freedom than using software purchased with license restrictions
  • More affordable options than other alternatives on the market
  • The ability to provide exceptional service with ever-decreasing budgets

This course will introduce you to what open source is, how easy it is to implement, and how to evaluate open source software options. You’ll be able to separate the facts from misconceptions and come away with a toolbox of over 60 open source applications that you can start using right away at your library.