Open source, open services and great outcomes

Open source is an enabler of wide capabilities not just because the source code is provided, but also because it tends to be “open” in other respects – especially in interfacing with other systems.  Many open source projects are indeed built around preexisting classes and code. Terry Reece, creator of […]

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Not as “open” or “linked” as we could be

The National Library of Australia has a long and impressive tradition of innovation with Library Information Technology.  However their national interlibrary lending network in Australia is managed as a commercial operation: “Libraries Australia”.  While theoretically this interlending network is “open”  it implements VDX’s version of ISO/ILL and has a Z39.50 […]

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E-lending – threats and possibilities

The Australian Library and Information Association hosted a well attended “E-book and E-lending think tank” that provided a forum to discuss the challenges facing libraries in providing E-book lending services. Presenters highlighted a range of difficulties facing libraries given current publisher delivery models: * Publishers are  increasing the costs of […]

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Accessiblity and design for smart phones

There is an interesting intersection between the Web Accessibility guidelines and the new paradigms for mobile computing implicit in smart phones, tablets and the new generations of mobile computing devices. What is clear in these mobile devices is that they express an intuitive and very different paradigm for accessing information […]

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Job prerequisite – systems librarian?

I was deeply impressed by the call for the 2nd intake of students to the the Masters program in IT for university librarians in Sub-Saharan Africa. The programme looks interesting, and is highly relevant to regional needs. Info Tech is now deeply embedded in librarianship, and in so many ways the role of systems librarian/librarian/knowledge management specialist are not dissimilar.

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The highs and lows of Open Source

The ongoing adoption of Open Source is very evident at the Puerto Rico IFLA Congress. The accpetance of Integrated Library management and Digital Library solutions is resulting in adoption across a broad range of small and medium-sized libraries, sometimes with mixed results.

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Open source and open engagement technology

I deal every day with Special Libraries, and am constantly impressed by the extraordinary results they delivery with often meagre resources. The bulk of the library profession has, of necessity (and perhaps inclination), oriented to setting strong standards and leaving the delivery of information systems in the hands of commercial vendors.

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