Practical Open Source Software for Libraries (SEFLIN)

The library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. Make sense? Probably not! Would it help if you knew that open source is not just about programming, but about following a philosophy?

Still confused? Not surprising. What will open source mean to our libraries? More flexibility and freedom than software purchased with license restrictions. This is an important path for libraries to consider. Why open source? Because both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles.

Nicole Engard will give you the facts and dispel myths about open source. This presentation will not only introduce librarians to what open source is and what it means for libraries, but also provide attendees with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries.

Takeaways:

  • Define open source and be able to answer basic questions about what open source is and what it can be used for
  • List open source applications for the library, home and office
  • Compare open source applications to traditional proprietary options

This webinar will be delivered via SEFLIN Connect. Log-in information will be emailed approximately one week before the class.

Staff from Florida libraries may register for this workshop at no charge. Priority will be given to SEFLIN members. Non-members will be placed on a waiting list and added as space permits after the registration deadline.

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