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Open-Source Software for Libraries
Casey Bisson
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5787-5
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, May/June 2007 (43:3)

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53 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-5787-5
Year Published: 2007

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In this issue of Library Technology Reports Casey Bisson, with the help of Jessamyn West and Ryan Eby, reports on open-source software (OSS) and its use and importance in libraries.

Bisson engagingly narrates the history of open source, explains how the OSS "movement" came about, details key players in OSS development, and discusses why and how open source can work for libraries.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:
  • In the Beginning …
  • Open Source Takes Shape
  • Why Freedom Matters
  • What Makes Open Source Work?
  • Open Systems, Formats, and Standards
  • Using Open Source
  • Building Open Source
  • Open-Source Software on the Desktop

About the Author

Casey Bisson, named among Library Journal's Movers & Shakers for 2007 and recipient of a 2006 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for developing Scriblio (formerly WPopac), is an information architect at Plymouth State University. He is a frequent presenter at library and technology conferences and blogs about his passion for libraries, roadside oddities, and hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains at

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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