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


Anonymous said...

Your Open Source Webinars look super cool - but I'd like a little more description about each session so I can decide which to attend. Please tell me more so I can choose and register! Thanks!

Amanda (the librarian) said...

Ditto the previous comment. More info, please.

Mark Beatty said...

I'm sorry that we're kind of doing these on the fly and allowing the presenters the freedom to cover the latest info as they see it, so the descriptions are unfortunately sketchy. There is however a great deal of info available on Casey Bisson at his web sites and you can even check out the book online too.

Amanda (the librarian) said...

I can understand your wanting to allow the presenters freedom, but a little more information about each presentation about two weeks in advance would be helpful. We only signed up for "12/2 Social Library and its Tools - Tasha Saecker" and it's hard to promote it to the rest of my staff without a little more information.

Mark Beatty said...

I definitely understand your point of view. However over the last year or more we've noticed that we get much better attendance with far fewer no shows when we run the bulk of the PR efforts in the last week before the event. So our limited time for setting up and promoting these efforts give us a better yield closer to the event. We've also striven to make this series in particular fun and loose and informative, and not a "training" or "class" like event. I'm sorry that this approach isn't working as well for you. We'll try to keep that in mind for the future.