Introduction to Open Source Software in Libraries

$300.00

Dates: July 1 - August 11

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This course is designed to serve as an introductory class to open source library software applicable in various library settings. The principles of open source software (the free sharing of source code for reuse and modification by the public) have many parallels with the values of freedom of information and dedication central to library science. Various kinds of library-specific open source software applications exist, from discovery tools and catalogs like Vufind to library systems like Koha and FOLIO. In this four week course, students will learn about the history of the open source software movement with a focus on library software, as well as various examples of library software across the functional areas of discovery, integrated library systems (ILS's), general library tools, and digital library tools. By the end of this course, students should be able to: be familiar with what open source software is and the principles behind it; identify existing open source software solutions for many library functional areas; and have general knowledge about the pros and cons of various open source library software.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

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We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

This course is designed to serve as an introductory class to open source library software applicable in various library settings. The principles of open source software (the free sharing of source code for reuse and modification by the public) have many parallels with the values of freedom of information and dedication central to library science. Various kinds of library-specific open source software applications exist, from discovery tools and catalogs like Vufind to library systems like Koha and FOLIO. In this four week course, students will learn about the history of the open source software movement with a focus on library software, as well as various examples of library software across the functional areas of discovery, integrated library systems (ILS’s), general library tools, and digital library tools. By the end of this course, students should be able to: be familiar with what open source software is and the principles behind it; identify existing open source software solutions for many library functional areas; and have general knowledge about the pros and cons of various open source library software.

Zorian M. Sasyk

Zorian SasykZorian Sasyk is a Senior FOLIO Implementation Consultant at EBSCO Information Services, where he does project management of library implementations of the open source ILS FOLIO, including its ERM module. Before that, he has worked in library electronic resource librariab management roles for over 8 years, including resource activation, overseeing resource troubleshooting, discovery tool configuration and optimization, and usage statistics collection and analysis. He is passionate about library consortia and their potential for centralized ERM, and played an active in role in the Minnesota State system's library consortium, PALS, advocating for electronic resource coordination and optimization across the system's Alma implementation. In addition, he formerly served on the ELUNA/IGELU Content Working Group, an international body of electronic resource librarians that advises Ex Libris on content-related issues in their library products. Zorian's professional interests include open access resources in discovery, collection analysis, the sociology of librarianship, and electronic resource management advocacy. He has an M.S. in Library Science from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Sociology from Minnesota State University Mankato, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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