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  1. Library services and in-house software development
    • Description: This essay outlines two opportunities for the library profession: 1) the increased need for library services and not necessarily library collections, and 2) the ability to be leaders in the implementation of services through in-house software development.
    • Date: 2006-01-16
    • Source: This essay was originally posted as a blog entry on LITA's blog at
    • Subject(s): librarianship; software development;
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  2. Open Source Software in libraries
    • Description: This is an introduction to open source software in libraries, with descriptions of a variety of software packages and successful library projects. But before we get to the software itself, I want to describe the principles and techniques of open source software (OSS) and explain why I advocate the adoption of OSS in the implementation of library services and collections.
    • Date: 2002-04-25
    • Source: This essay appeared in Open Source Software for Libraries, a LITA Guide, in 2002.
    • Subject(s): articles; open source software;
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  3. Gift cultures, librarianship, and open source software development
    • Description: This short essay examines more closely the concept of a "gift culture" and how it may or may not be related to librarianship. After this examination and with a few qualifications, I still believe my judgements about open source software and librarianship are true. Open source software development and librarianship have a number of similarities -- both are examples of gift cultures.
    • Date: 2000-12-28
    • Source: Frankly, I forget where this article was published first. Alas.
    • Subject(s): open source software; gift cultures; librarianship;
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  4. Open source software in libraries
    • Description: This short essay, originally prepared for a presentation at the 2001 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, describes my personal experience with open source software and enumerates a number of ways open source software can be used in libraries to provide better library service. The essay does this in three ways. First, it reflects on the similarities of gift cultures, open source software development, and librarianship. Second, it describes the present evolution of email.cgi, an open source software application I support, and MyLibrary@NCState, a portal application designed for libraries. Third, it summarizes very recent comments from the OSS4Lib mailing list calling for more proactive activities in the library community.
    • Date: 2001-06-08
    • Source: Prepared for a presentation at the 2001 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.
    • Subject(s): open source software; presentations;
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  5. Open Source Software in Libraries: Opportunities and Expenses
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) is not a panacea; it will not cure all problems computer. On the other hand, it does provide the library profession with enumerable opportunities as long as we are willing to pay a few expenses. This essay elaborates on these ideas by: 1) outlining what open source software is, 2) describing how its principles are similar to the principles of librarianship, and 3) enumerating a number of open source software applications. By the end it is hoped you will be have a better understanding of what open source can and cannot do for libraries. You will be better able to discuss topics related to open source software with "techies". Finally, and probably most importantly, you will have learned the definition of "free" in the context of open source.
    • Date: 2008-12-01
    • Source: This presentation was never formally published, but is was written for the MLNC Speaker Series in St. Louis Missouri
    • Subject(s): MLNC Speakers Series; presentations; open source software; librarianship;
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  6. All things open
    • Description: Things open abound. Open source software. Open access publishing. The open archives initiative. OpenURL. Some of these things are fundamental to the inner workings of the Internet. Others are a natural consequence of it. Some groups of people believe in things open with an almost religious fervor. At the other end of the spectrum are some people who see the same things as a drain on intellectual property. The key to progress lies in a middle ground. This presentation describes all things open in greater detail, elaborates on how they affect librarianship, and finally demonstrates some of their applicability in librarianship.
    • Date: 2006-03-28
    • Source: This file was never officially published, but the beginning is heavily based on another essay called Open Source Software in Thirty Minutes.
    • Subject(s): OpenURL; OAI (Open Archives Initiative); presentations; open access publishing; open source software; librarianship;
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  7. Success of Open Source by Steven Weber: A book review
    • Description: Using Linux as its primary example, The Success of Open Source by Steven Weber details the history, process, motivations, and possible long-term effects of open source software (OSS). This scholarly yet easy-to-read, well-written, and provocative book is worth the time of anybody who wants to understand how open source software is effecting information technology. It describes how the process of open source software may effect business & economics, methods of governance, and concepts of intellectual property. It is also a great read for those of us librarians who desire to play a role in the building of next generation library catalogs and other library-related information systems.
    • Date: 2007-10-31
    • Source: The is a pre-edited version of an article with the same title appearing in the first issue of Code4Lib Journal at
    • Subject(s): book review; articles; open source software; librarianship;
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  8. Open source software at the Montana State University Libraries Symposium
    • Description: This one-page essay outlines what open source software (OSS) is and how it can be applied to some of the computer-related problems facing libraries. In short, it characterizes open source software as a community-driven process, describes it as free as a free kitten, compares it to the principles of librarianship, and finally, outlines how it can be exploited to develop next generation library catalogs.
    • Date: 2007-09-29
    • Source: This is a presentation for the Montana State University Libraries Symposium, October 4, 2007.
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; presentations; open source software;
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  9. Open source software and libraries: A current SWOT analysis
    • Description: After more than ten years of listening and watching the library-related open source software, a number of things have changed. This presentation outlines some of those changes as well as outlines some of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of open source software. The presentation ends some ideas for a "next generation" library catalog -- services against texts.
    • Date: 2010-04-04
    • Source: This essay was written as the closing keynote speech for the 2nd Annual Evergreen Conference (April 23, 2010), Grand Rapids (Michigan)
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; presentations; open source software;
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  10. Open source software: Controlling your computing environment
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) -- free to use, reuse, study, modify, and distribute -- is quickly being adopted by libraries today. From office productivity suites such as OpenOffice to library-specific applications such as an integrated library system, "next generation" library catalogs and Firefox extensions. Open source software has a lot to offer libraries. This session looks at the many types of OSS available, how libraries are making use of it, and how it can be exploited in order to control your local computing environment.
    • Date: 2009-03-28
    • Source: This essay was written for a presentation at the Computers in Libraries Conference, March 31-April 2, 2009.
    • Subject(s): open source software; presentations; Computers in Libraries;
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Creator: Eric Lease Morgan <>
Date created: 2000-06-20
Date updated: 2010-05-01