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(@kcox00)

New functions for librarians

Libraries should provide digital publishing services for their patrons

It would be useful to have an easy to use open source system publishing system that libraries can host and support for their community. The functions of the system should include revision control, page layout and syndication to other libraries. I think that given the advancement of digital publishing methods, libraries can start to provide their patrons with help in professional looking digital publishing services. With... more »

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(@kcox00)

New ways to do established services

Libraries need an easy to manage open source Google-like search

Even if our search methods are more powerful in skilled hands, for better or worse, library patrons now view the power of a search function in how closely it matches the methods of Google. Libraries need to make their web sites have the same type of search functionality as used by Google. Once patrons are using the Google-style search, this might even be an entry point to introduce library patrons to more sophisticated... more »

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(@kcox00)

New services

Libraries need open source systems for ad hoc collections

Libraries need an open source system for managing ad hoc collections of ephemeral academic content. This should cover everything that a professor or student might produce in the process of doing a research project. Some of the content would be original material produced by the patron, and some of it will be pointers to materials in the formal library system, and some pointers to material on the open Internet. Since... more »

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32 votes
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(@kcox00)

New ways of connecting people to people

Libraries should expand social media to connect to patrons

Library patrons live in a completely connected world, immersed in rich media every waking hour. Libraries can play an important role in helping make connections among people based on more meaty issues of intellectual aspirations and civic involvement by helping patrons find affinities with other patrons based on what information they accessing. What a powerful idea to connect two people who would otherwise never meet... more »

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37 votes
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(@kcox00)

New services

Libraries should become sources of safe open source software

Libraries can serve an important service for their patrons by becoming a trusted source of certified-safe open source software applications. Additionally, it would be really helpful if libraries provided a source of up to date software manuals and other documentation for commercial applications. Many times, the only way to really get a feeling about whether an application is worth the expenditure is to study the user... more »

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(@kcox00)

New services

Libraries should be the community’s repository and archive

Libraries can perform a hugely important social mission of serving as the repository for the community—which might be a university or a small town—in which it is based. What’s the one thing you have from college 20 years later? The year book . . . because it serves an important personal and institutional function of preserving the everyday past. Libraries can certainly perform this function for images and a whole variety... more »

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108 votes
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(@kcox00)

New ways to do established services

Libraries and open source software really go together well

Some people have said that the principles librarianship are very much like the principles of open source software (OSS). For example, both value peer review. Both are very collaborative. Both offer products and services that benefit the common good. Both are primarily interested in things other than the "bottom line". Thus, libraries ought to implement open source software to meet their computing needs because the principles... more »

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106 votes
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(@kcox00)

New ways to do established services

Open source SW and open access publishing have much in common

Both the output of open source software (OSS) and the output of open access publishing are "free", even though the meaning of "free" needs to be qualified. Open source software outputs bits and bytes to run computer programs. Open access publishing outputs bits and bytes reporting on the creation of new knowledge. Open source software and open access publishing have more things in common than differences.

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(@kcox00)

New ways to do established services

Lack of user support a big impediment to adoption of OSS

While the computer programmer knows they can email a mailing list or go online to get technical support for open source software (OSS), the less tech-savvy individual may not posses the knowledge needed to ask informed questions. From these person's point of view, the relative lack of formal commercial support is something making OSS riskier than not. Thus, one of the greatest impediments to the implementation of open... more »

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8 votes
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(@kcox00)

New ways to do established services

An Open Source solution is available for every library function

We have heard a lot about various open source software (OSS) projects. Firefox, the Web browser. MySQL, the database. Linux, the operating system. Etc. Within the library domain there are viable integrated library systems (Evergreen and Koha), citation managers (Zotero), metadata editors (Bibios and Archivist's Toolkit), as well as other systems. Given this set of tools, we can assume there is enough library-related open... more »

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(@ericleasemorgan)

New ways to do established services

There is a critical mass of OSS to do much of library work

While every piece of library-related open source software (OSS) is not necessarily up to par, there exist enough pieces of OSS for many libraries to do much of their core technical work, such as downloading and editing (MARC) metadata, hosting digital collections in repositories, and last but not least, running an integrated library system.

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34 votes
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(@ericleasemorgan)

New services

Libraries ought to provide services against texts

Much of traditional librarianship is centered around the collection and dissemination of data and information -- usually in book form. Now-a-days, more and more content is born digital. This, combined with the availability of Google make the process of finding and getting information commonplace. In fact, finding information -- one of the core processes of traditional librarianship -- is now so easy it does not represent... more »

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Make use of the Kindle and other e-book devices

Right now libraries don't have any method I know of to serve the book needs of patrons who own Kindles, et al. Since these people are, by definition, high users of books and information, it seems to me that it would be useful if there was a software system that libraries could adopt to dispense "books" to users' Kindles. Not exactly sure how this would work, though.

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