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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.
[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]
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... :)
dashTomdot pointed out an article at Salon that asks the medical/legal question "Who's at fault when software fails?" It's a good reminder that the upper bound is never simply what is possible...
According to ARL SPEC Flyer #245, Electronic Reserves Operations in ARL Libraries, "23 libraries (59%) were using their own "home-grown" web-based systems." We've already seen two pop up here (OSCR and FreeReserves)...
according to the author, the presentation on this page "may be of interest to anyone interested in what Linux can do at a Library... It might be of interest to you even if you don't work for a Library, but are curious about what Linux can do."
Gene Wilburn at the Royal Ontario Museum has written a HOW-TO for setting up public kiosks. While its current version doesn't cover several important issues for those wishing to lock down public workstations in libraries, he calls for contributions in those areas. The complete text of the Kiosk HOW-TO is online and waiting for your review.
today's New York Times reports that "The Scout Report, a highly regarded publication that monitors the Internet for new and useful research resources, is facing a loss of financing when its three-year grant from the National Science Foundation runs out next spring." it would be a shame to see this consistently high-quality service go by the wayside. the NYTimes article is available for free if you've signed up...
Who can come Sunday evening at 8pm? We can meet at the end of the RLG-led Ariel Users Group session (where, by the way, Prospero and EDD will be demoed among other things). Email Dan or post here if you can come.