Open Source Public Workstations in Libraries

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In this issue of Library Technology Reports, open source software expert John Houser explores the potential benefits of open source workstations for libraries. Houser goes in-depth with his case studies, exploring open-source implementations in several public libraries, tracking their success and exploring the implications for the profession as a whole.

This LTR will help library decision makers who want to find out about alternatives to Microsoft Windows–based PCs running Microsoft Office, not only as a means of cutting costs or reducing a carbon footprint but also as a means of providing a better experience for library customers.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • Open Source Public Workstations and Today's Library World
  • Open Source Operating Systems in Libraries: Research in Context
  • Current Open Source Software Products
  • Case Studies: three libraries and one academic institution
  • Vendor List

John Houser

John Houser served as Senior Technology Consultant for PALINET from 2006 through 2009. His responsibilities included enhancing PALINET's role as a leading technology advisor through awareness building, training, and consulting. He also facilitated implementation of new technology tools, methods and resources for members in areas like open source software, digitization and digital library development, portals and federated searching, institutional repositories, and e-content management. John's most recent prior position was Director of Information Systems at VTLS Inc, where he designed and coded that company's internal management system and the reporting module for their flagship product. Previously he ran the Information Systems Department at the Detroit Public Library, and was also a Systems Librarian at UCLA. John holds an MILS from University of Michigan, and a BA from Grinnell College, IA.

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.