Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Google Apps and Sites for Education

presented by Katie Rose
The sixth, and last, in our series of Library Open Source Webinars on:
Tuesday December 16th, 2008, 2:00-3:00pm Central Time

Katie Rose will define what Google Apps and Sites are all about, specifically in the context of the selection and implementation of Google Apps for Education at the University of Notre Dame (ND). She will then present in more detail the applications and their features. Katie will also talk about how ND decided on Google Apps and the subsequent implementation process, following up with information on actual student and faculty use. Finally, she will go over the lessons learned at ND, which should assist others who are contemplating using Google Sites on their campus or in their library.

Katie Rose is Program Manager for Enterprise Initiatives and Special Projects lead for the University of Notre Dame. Her Notre Dame colleagues call her "Google Grrrl".

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Plinkit, Web sites for all

presented by Darci Hanning
This marks the fifth in our continuing series of Library Open Source Webinars on:
Tuesday December 9th, 2008, 2:00-3:00pm Central Time

Plinkit is based on Plone, an open source software content management system and is how Collaborative partner states/networks host and deploy dynamic, easy-to-maintain websites for small libraries throughout the US. This presentation will cover the history and background of the Plinkit project in Oregon, information about the Plinkit Collaborative, and will provide a live demo of a Plinkit site as well as a quick tour of various Plinkit sites being actively used by library patrons.

Darci Hanning brings 20 years of software and web application development experience to her position as the Technology Development Consultant at the Oregon State Library. For the past three years she has led the Plinkit project in Oregon and since Spring 2006, she has provided technical leadership for the Plinkit Collaborative, a multi-state cooperative to deploy Plinkit around the country. She has recently served as President of the Plone Foundation and was selected as a "2008 Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Getting Social with Tasha Saecker

Next week we will have a hiatus for Thanksgiving, but we will return the week after on the first week of December with the fourth in our continuing series of Library Open Source Webinars
Tuesday December 2nd, 2008, 2:00-3:00pm Central Time

Get you and your library hooked up with the latest in social networking software online. Learn how to use Twitter, Delicious and FriendFeed both personally and professionally to create your own personal brand online.

Tasha Saecker is the director of the Menasha Public Library, Wisconsin Library of the Year for 2008. She has been blogging for over five years at both: Sites & Soundbytes and Kids Lit.

In 2007, the Menasha Public Library won a Webby Award in Wisconsin for its Drupal-based website. Part of their site links to their extensive collection of websites on Delicious. The library will soon be contributing to Twitter too. You can follow Tasha on Twitter as TashRow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cary Gordon talk about Drupal in Libraries

Cary Gordon of the Cherry Hill Company
an IT consultancy with extensive experience in the library market, will talk about using Drupal in Libraries.

You can check out their Drupal library prototype at:

Cary is the administrator for the Libraries group at Drupal
a strong community rich in resources about using Drupal in Libraries.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Casey Bisson's Slides, Intro and Overview

You can check out the slides from Casey Bisson's webinar on the Introduction and Overview of Libary Open Source Software at the links below. Remember you can register for and view the full recorded session at any time by going to the Webinar Series Registration Page

Here's the PowerPoint version of his slides.

Here's the PDF version of his slides.

Be sure to catch all the Webinars. Next up is the Michigan Evergreen project, a shared consortial open source OPAC/ILS.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Evette Atkin on Michigan Evergreen; Library Open Source Webinars

For the second in our series of Library Open Source Webinars
Tuesday November 11th, 2008 at 2-3pm Central Time
we have:

Evette M. Atkin
Systems Librarian, Michigan Evergreen Project
Michigan Library Consortium
and a 2008 Library Journal Movers & Shakers

Her talk will focusing on Open Source and OPAC/ILSs will include:
1. Brief background on Open Source
2. Brief background on Evergreen
2. The Michigan Evergreen Project (Who, What, How and Why)

Be sure to check out the Michigan Evergreen Project Blog at:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Casey Bisson kicks off with an Introduction and Overview

Casey Bisson will kick off our series with an Introduction and Overview of Open-Source in Libraries .

In fact he wrote the book on Open-Source Software for Libraries and here's the ALA TechSource link:
Open-Source Software for Libraries
and here's the direct link to a CC-licensed version of the Library Technology Report of the same name
You might want some information on his work on Scriblio at Plymouth State University

Here's the blurb on Casey from the ALA TechSource web page:
Casey Bisson, named among Library Journal's Movers & Shakers for 2007 and recipient of a 2006 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for developing Scriblio (formerly WPopac), is an information architect at Plymouth State University. He is a frequent presenter at library and technology conferences and blogs about his passion for libraries, roadside oddities, and hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains at

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What Is Open Source Software?

Software is considered open source if it meets certain conditions or criteria. Among them:
– The software can be freely given away or sold.
– The source code must be included or freely obtainable.
– Redistribution of modifications must be allowed.

What is “source code”?
• When a piece of software is developed, a programmer writes it in a human‐readable language. The software in this form is called source code.
• Most software is distributed in a form computers can “understand”, sometimes called object code, and no source code is provided. This is called proprietary software.
• If no source code is provided, the software cannot be modified by the user.

Contrast This With Open Source Software (OSS)
• Source code is provided.
• So, OSS can be modified and maintained by the user.
• OSS is never a trade secret, because the source code is never secret, by definition.

We will be looking at two type of OSS:
• Library Specific, in this series of seminars an open source ILS called Evergreen.
• Other OSS applications that may be of use to libraries.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Welcome to Library Open Source Webinars

Sign up now, mark your calendars and pick your favorite topics for this series of weekly webinars offering fun and informative stuff good for libraries. Here's the line-up that's filling out with more great speakers everyday:

11/4 Intro and Overview - Casey Bisson
11/11 OPACs/ILSs
11/18 Drupal in Libraries
Thanksgiving hiatus
12/2 Social Library and it's Tools - Tasha Saecker
12/9 Plinkit and "Library web sites for all" - Darci Hanning
12/16 Google Sites and Apps for non-profits

Register now for individual webinars at $25 each, or for the whole series at the bargain rate of $100 for 6, at:

You can keep up on the latest series information and comments from speakers at our series blog:


Library Open Source Webinars Registration and Attendance Details

Each one hour Webinar will present about 45 minutes of content including live web demonstrations, leaving some time in the hour for questions and discussions. Participants use a internet enabled computer to view the content and a phone line to hear and talk. Long distance is via an 800 number. Speaker phones with mute buttons are a good thing for groups.

Register for individual webinars, $25 each, or for the whole series, at the bargain rate of $100 for 6, at:
Upon registration you will receive an email with the log in information for your selected session(s), as well as log in information to access the webinar recordings. Recordings will be available for up at a year and can be registered for and viewed the same as the live sessions.

Registration fees are per site. This approach allows us to share the programming across more participants using fewer "lines". Registrants from the same library site should plan on sharing and using a single log in line saving your library money and saving WiLS resources to provide the Webinars to more libraries. Your log in allows you to share the webinar by "crowding around a PC" or projecting to a screen for a group. It also allows you to share the recording log on at your site. Again speaker phones with mute buttons are a very good thing for groups.

If you have any questions about the Webinar series don't hesitate to contact me at:, or phone 608.265.5179