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Open Source Software for Libraries: How it Works; What it Can do for You--eCourse
Diane Kovacs and Diane Adler
Item Number: 1541-8934
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning March 3, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Diane Kovacs and Diane Adler

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After completing this eCourse, students will:
  • Have an understanding of the open source software movement
  • Understand the key issues surrounding the implementation of open source software in libraries
  • Be able to identify major open source programs and understand what they do
  • Understand the current landscape of library-specific open source programs
  • Have resources for finding additional open source programs to suit different needs
Open source software offers libraries the opportunity to save money and maintain a degree of flexibility and control over their own software that they may not get with proprietary programs. In this new eCourse, students will explore the open source movement and learn about its implications for libraries. Experienced technology trainers Kovacs and Adler will explain what open source means, how it works, and will demonstrate its many applications for libraries and librarians. 

eCourse outline

Week 1
  • Introduction and overview of the eCourse: introductory lecture, initial readings and assignments
Week 2
  • Open source software overview and library open source software
Week 3
  • Open source software licensing and sustainability
Week 4
  • Introduction to copyright and the public domain 
  • Open licenses in the context of open source software

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on March 3, 2014. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructors Diane Kovacs and Diane Adler will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on March 3 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA TechSource eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructors

Diane Kovacs is a consultant, teacher, and librarian. She has nine years’ experience teaching online in library schools, for both the University of Illinois and San Jose State University. An instructional designer and trainer, she has developed courses for public and academic librarians on technology usage, library instruction, web design, government documents, virtual reference, and electronic collection development. In 2000 she received the "Documents to the People" award from the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

Diane Adler is Director of Library Services at the Daly Memorial Library at Gillette College in Wyoming. She is one of the seven members of the Wyoming Library Funding Committee, which negotiates and selects library databases for the Wyoming Community Colleges. She presents information literacy instruction to a wide variety of populations.

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