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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... :)

    "Linux in the Library: What can it do for you?"

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    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."

    plug in Chronicle of Higher Ed

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    the Nov 5 1999 Chronicle has a freely available summary of Open Source/Open Science as it relates to academia available free here with Prospero mentioned. It's always nice to get a free plug (too bad they didn't link oss4lib) but Prospero isn't _quite_ that fancy yet... :)

    Linux Kiosk HOW-TO

    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.

    oss4lib get-together at ALA, New Orleans

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    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.

    Scout Report funding to end

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    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...

    NEASIS Open Source symposium

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    from Step, on oss4lib-list yesterday: "The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science is sponsoring a symposium on "Open Source (and Free) Systems and Libraries" on December 6, 1999 at Yale University. NEASIS looks forward to the participation of Daniel Chudnov, Eric Raymond, Richard Stallman, and others at this event. A formal announcement will be sent out to various listservs, including OSS4LIB, in September."

    SilverPlatter statement: no source for you

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    SilverPlatter responded on SPIN-L to a brief thread (just click around for it) asking if SP had considered the free software model. The answer, to paraphrase, was "we thought about it, but it wouldn't work with our business model." Understandable... but hey, there are other business models out there, too: just ask Cygnus, RedHat, Caldera...