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ALA#2: LITA's OSSIG, the Big Event

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Jeremy writes to oss4lib-list:

Saturday, July 8, 2000, 2:30-5:30

Join LITA's Open Source Systems Interest Group for its program,

Practical Solutions for Libraries: Open Source Software

Learn how and why libraries are thinking outside the box and developing their own services from within, using the Open Source model. Libraries are primed not only to use Open Source to their advantage in the future, but are currently using it to enhance Reference services and Reserves services. This program will present current projects using Open Source software in libraries: OSCR (Open Source Course Reserves), Jake (Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment), and Avanti, an evolving Open Source Integrated Library System. The program will conclude with a broad view of Open Source by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly & Associates. See what Open Source software can do for your library and why it is of importance to the profession.

Speakers:

  • Keynote: Tim O'Reilly, President, O'Reilly & Associates, Sebastopol, California
  • Jeremy Frumkin, Meta-data Librarian, University of Arizona
  • Daniel Chudnov, Systems Architect, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Peter Schlumpf, Information Systems Specialist, North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois

    [Wow, the OSSIG really outdid itself, getting Tim O'Reilly to join us. This should be a fantastic event... hope to see you there. :P]

  • jake at MARS Hot Topics, ALA Chicago

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    MARS will be hosting a session on jake on Saturday, July 8 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Several of us from the jake project will be there presenting and discussing. Hope you can make it too... for more info see the MARS Hot Topics site.

    Prospero Wins Medical Library Association Award

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    Eric writes in: "The Prospero project is the recepient of the 2000 Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. The award was presented on May 9th by the Medical Library Association at the association's annual meeting, held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The award is sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

    In a presentation about Prospero given later in the conference, Eric Schnell publicly thanked ALL of the developers who have contributed to the project."

    Wooh-hooh! Congratulations Eric, and Eric, and everyone else involved. You really earned this one with your commitment to supporting and improving Prospero for the whole community. If anyone still questions whether free software could really have an impact in libraries, tell them all about Eric et al. Btw the MLA Rogers Award page will be updated soon I hope... :)

    O'Reilly donates books for NEASIS conference

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    in support of the upcoming NEASIS conference on Open Source and Free Systems/Software: Implications for Libraries, everybody's favorite tech publisher--O'Reilly and Associates, natch--has kindly donated door prizes. three copies each of Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution and The Cathedral & the Bazaar arrived at my door recently... come to the conference (at Yale University on Dec 6, 1999) and you just might take one home.

    seen the projects list lately?

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    folks, we've got a whopping 25 free software projects listed at the oss4lib projects page. rumor has it, too, that Bill Gates' recent decision to refocus on software is a smokescreen sabbatical so he can repartition his house to dual-boot linux, so you know the open source buzz is catching. if you haven't taken a look lately, what are you waiting for?

    epixtech considering open-source for some projects

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    Ben writes in: "In an e-mail response to my suggestion that epixtech (formerly Ameritech Library Services) consider open source for their next product, epixtech President Lana Porter said that they have indeed been considering open source:

    'We have certainly discussed this possibility about some of our products and will continue to do so. Some products certainly seem to be better candidates for this than others and we will solicit input from customers such as you when we determine which products would be good candidates for this... We try to develop quality products that provide solutions to help customers do their jobs better and having them in in an open source environment would add to their value I am sure.'

    It's encouraging to see that they're thinking about the benefits of open source."

    Docster: does Lars Ulrich read The Lancet?

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    If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.

    LITA Open Source SIG at ALA Midwinter

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    Dave writes: "There will be a meeting of the newly-formed LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group at Midwinter. It will be Sat 1/15/2000 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Rivercenter (MARHQ - NOT the Marriot Riverwalk), Conference 4. This Interest Group is chaired by Jeremy Frumkin of the University of Arizona Libraries and vice-chaired by me. The agenda will include final
    preparations for the IG's first program at ALA Chicago, discussion of ongoing open source library initiatives and projects, discussion of the IG's goals and objectives, and future programming possibilities. All interested parties are more than welcome to attend."

    headlines, come and grab 'em

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    oss4lib now supports the Rich Site Summary (RSS) format for headline feeds. You can grab our headlines using the url http://www.med.yale.edu/library/oss4lib/oss4lib.rss. enjoy...

    Open Source Publishing

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    anon writes in: "I saw a cool new company that promises to bring open source to the publishing world, specifically the text book world... What do you think?" See openmindpublishing.com for more. A chief rule (as told by ESR) of open source is that you must present a plausible promise of working code; I can't find anything on their site to evaluate so it looks like vapor to me. Give us at least one textbook to review before more press releases...