Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Considering an Open-Source ILS

Instructor: BWS Johnson

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 0.75 CEUs

Price: $90

The objective of this online course is to give librarians the tools to confidently select the ILS that is the best fit for their needs. Participants will weigh the pros and cons of proprietary versus open source solutions in light of their institution's situation. Participants will learn how to assess their current ILS, pinpointing problems and highlighting desired features, and sharing their findings with others in the workshop in a discussion forum. Next, they will learn how open source development and community participation works. Assigned readings will help shed light on the process. Students will compare several major open source ILS options, including Koha, Evergreen, Kuali OLE and OPALS, using demonstration versions. Finally, students will take away practical solutions regarding funding, migration, and specification of changes.

BWS Johnson

BWS Johnson is a library consultant. Brooke has participated in the Koha Open Source Library community since authoring the Newbie Guide in 2004. Johnson also served as a panelist for the prestigious Access To Learning Award, which is given to innovative libraries by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Johnson has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.