Thursday, June 19, 2014

Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom -- Sunday July 13, 11:45am - 1pm

Please join the OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtable for a special presentation by OBS-SIS VIP Nicole Engard. This presentation will be held on Sunday July 13 from 11:45am to 1pm in the Marriott Riverwalk Travis Room. The presentation is titled:

"Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom."

Librarians have adopted a culture of helplessness and workarounds when it comes to our software. Open source software (OSS) is a way to get freed from these chains. But open source is about more than just software, it's about community and a philosophy of freedom. This session will give librarians the facts about OSS by introducing them to what OSS is, what it means for libraries and what tools libraries can use right now to improve their efficiency, customer service and product offerings.

Nicole C. Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. Her primary role at ByWater Solutions is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha ILS. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole keeps the library community up to date on web technologies via her website "What I Learned Today..." ( and volunteers as a community moderator on In 2007, Nicole was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers. In 2009 she edited "Library Mashups," a book published by Information Today, Inc., and in 2010 she authored "Practical Open Source Software for Libraries," a book published by Chandos Inc. Additionally, in 2012 the second edition of "The Accidental Systems Librarian," which she co-authored with Rachel Singer Gordon, was released.

**Please note that because this program will occur during a roundtable, a full program description will not be listed in the official AALL program schedule.**

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