Resources for libraries exploring the open source option

library tools for open source

Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/or contract software development for a specific open source package?

With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we set out to build tools that help libraries answer these questions. These questions and answers may be useful to others as well.

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OpenStack Icehouse brings new features for the enterprise

OpenStack Icehouse

Deploying an open source enterprise cloud just got a little bit easier yesterday with the release of the newest version of the OpenStack platform: Icehouse. To quote an email from OpenStack release manager Thierry Carrez announcing the release, “During this cycle we added a new integrated component (Trove), completed more than 350 feature blueprints, and fixed almost 3000 reported bugs in integrated projects alone!”

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Digital Public Library of America triples its free collections and more in year one

Digital Public Library of America

When the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opened last year, Carolyn Fox covered it’s progress after one month in her article: Review of the new Digital Public Library of America. In it she explained that the purpose of the Library is “to provide a large-scale, national public digital library of America’s archives, libraries, museums, and cultural institutions into one portal.” Carolyn also pointed out the DPLA’s open attributes, like:

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Oxford University opens up for National Library Week, EFF organizes college activists, and more

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Open source news for your reading pleasure.

April 12-18, 2014

In this week’s edition of our open source news roundup, we look at Oxford University’s (temporarily) open resources, an open source graffiti-spraying drone, and more.

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The maker movement helps transform our public libraries

public library transformation with open source

The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community’s knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing.

It’s true. Public libraries are reinventing themselves. Today they are becoming less of a place that hosts physical books and more of a center where people collaborate, commune, and learn new things.

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