open source

Raspberry Pi for Educators and Librarians

Last week, the UK-based nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundationannounced the latest version of their popular Raspberry Pi computer. Dubbed "Model B+," it's the third model the organization has released to the public since Model A went on sale in 2012.

Sharing, collaborating, and growing

Thanks to guest blogger Lanita Noland, Technical Coordinator and Cataloger, at Lake Cities Library, Lake Dallas, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Area) for sharing her insight into how her library meets community needs while keeping costs down by using open source software and sharing resources through a library consortium. - Stephanie Gerding

Free TS Open Source Library Webinar Next Week!

Register now for TechSoup's Story of an Open Source Library webinar. This webinar will cover specific open source tools (some of which you may not have heard of before!) that work well for libraries and the benefits and challenges associated with their use. We will talk with staff from the Meadville Public Library who use open source tools for their websites, e-mail, Internet firewall, wireless router, proxying, filtering, and productivity software.

Notes from the back room of a small rural library

I am the back room of a small rural library in Colorado. OK I am actually a person, but working in a small (did I mention understaffed) library means my job is all things associated with the back room: cataloging, accounting, book processing, acquisitions, technology, toilet plunging... Yup. Jack of all trades. To make the most of our limited situation, we try a lot of things. Some succeed, some never take off, some fail miserably, some revolutionize how we do business.

Life with Koha

The NExpress shared catalog has been on Koha for a little over three months now and we just added the Ottawa Library to the family over Thanksgiving. A perk of working with LibLime is that they have staff in both the US and Canada. The Canadian migration team worked away while we ate turkey and stuffing!

Stop flipping burgers and come to the library!

This spring, I had the pleasure of attending a regional conference in Colorado, sponsored by the Colorado Consortium of Libraries (CLiC). I met so many inspiring, creative, and hard-working librarians. Most everyone in attendance worked in a rural library, and everyone had much to share. One session I attended was about open source, which featured Judy Van Acker, Kieran Hixon, and Jesse Weaver, from the John C. Fremont Library District in Florence, CO.

Learning as I go: thoughts on migrating to Koha (take two)

Remember how I was a library director the last time I blogged about Koha? Life was so much simpler then. Koha migration from the administrative side is full of "opportunities for creative problem solving," like figuring out how to keep track of decisions, discussions, questions, bugs, problems, perks, and quirks related to the catalog and the migration process.

"W00T! Nothing exploded!"

Nothing like a big sigh of relief and an accompanying yelp of unfettered joy about a job well done--a deployment with zero explosions--as expressed by Evette Atkin, Systems Librarian for the Michigan Evergreen project at the Michigan Library Consortuim (MLC).