It’s great to mess around with open source tools if you’re geeky and techie. However what if, like many small libraries and solo librarians, you’re not? PALINET has been looking at open source tools and I really really like what PALINET is doing to make using an open source ILS a genuine option for their member libraries. Way to actually address the problem PALINET, nice job.
PALINET is aware that not all of our members have the technical support or skills necessary to install or test the open source applications that are currently available. Weâ€™re looking at a number of ways to address this issue, but weâ€™ve taken two initial steps already. First, a member Technology Caucus has begun regular discussions of open source software tools in monthly meetings. Yesterday, a group of library developers met at the PALINET offices in Philadelphia to install test copies of Koha and Evergreen for evaluation and comparison. Itâ€™s my hope that weâ€™ll be able to put together a couple of really clean, well integrated, model systems, which will demonstrate the kind of functionality that is possible with these open source ILS solutions.
The Modern Librarian: A Role Worth Checking Out, a report about the opening of the Hollywood Librarian in DC during ALA on Friday night. [thanks forrest]
The geeky among you should have already heard of xkcd, for those who haven’t, they did a strip today about librarians. [thanks mike]
Having a policy for when you do and do not limit access to materials is always a good thing. This includes your book selection policy, your Internet use policy and your “when do we cancel a summer program when we’re getting harassed by people who think yoga is a religion”? I understand that dealing with a steady stream of phone calls and emails is unpleasant for the South Carolina library that cancelled its summer reading program due to this type of harassment from one local church, but I really wish they’d taken more of a stand and not likened this sort of pressure from one aggressive group as tantamount to a bomb threat.
The librarians got nervous and decided to cancel all the Thursdays.
â€œThey were talking about picketing the library,â€ the library system director told a newspaper reporter.
The minister said he didnâ€™t mean things to go that far, that he and his congregation had no problem with all the other Thursdays, only the evil tarot card one.
â€œWe werenâ€™t against the reading program at all,â€ he told the reporter. â€œWe just want our children being taught the right things â€¦â€
I have seen a few things that are only tangentially related to what I normally do here, but I thought you might like them.