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ALA#2: LITA's OSSIG, the Big Event

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Jeremy writes to oss4lib-list:

Saturday, July 8, 2000, 2:30-5:30

Join LITA's Open Source Systems Interest Group for its program,

Practical Solutions for Libraries: Open Source Software

Learn how and why libraries are thinking outside the box and developing their own services from within, using the Open Source model. Libraries are primed not only to use Open Source to their advantage in the future, but are currently using it to enhance Reference services and Reserves services. This program will present current projects using Open Source software in libraries: OSCR (Open Source Course Reserves), Jake (Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment), and Avanti, an evolving Open Source Integrated Library System. The program will conclude with a broad view of Open Source by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly & Associates. See what Open Source software can do for your library and why it is of importance to the profession.

Speakers:

  • Keynote: Tim O'Reilly, President, O'Reilly & Associates, Sebastopol, California
  • Jeremy Frumkin, Meta-data Librarian, University of Arizona
  • Daniel Chudnov, Systems Architect, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Peter Schlumpf, Information Systems Specialist, North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois

    [Wow, the OSSIG really outdid itself, getting Tim O'Reilly to join us. This should be a fantastic event... hope to see you there. :P]

  • jake at MARS Hot Topics, ALA Chicago

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    MARS will be hosting a session on jake on Saturday, July 8 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Several of us from the jake project will be there presenting and discussing. Hope you can make it too... for more info see the MARS Hot Topics site.

    Prospero Wins Medical Library Association Award

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    Eric writes in: "The Prospero project is the recepient of the 2000 Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. The award was presented on May 9th by the Medical Library Association at the association's annual meeting, held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The award is sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

    In a presentation about Prospero given later in the conference, Eric Schnell publicly thanked ALL of the developers who have contributed to the project."

    Wooh-hooh! Congratulations Eric, and Eric, and everyone else involved. You really earned this one with your commitment to supporting and improving Prospero for the whole community. If anyone still questions whether free software could really have an impact in libraries, tell them all about Eric et al. Btw the MLA Rogers Award page will be updated soon I hope... :)

    headlines, come and grab 'em

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    oss4lib now supports the Rich Site Summary (RSS) format for headline feeds. You can grab our headlines using the url http://www.med.yale.edu/library/oss4lib/oss4lib.rss. enjoy...

    Open Source Publishing

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    anon writes in: "I saw a cool new company that promises to bring open source to the publishing world, specifically the text book world... What do you think?" See openmindpublishing.com for more. A chief rule (as told by ESR) of open source is that you must present a plausible promise of working code; I can't find anything on their site to evaluate so it looks like vapor to me. Give us at least one textbook to review before more press releases...

    Tim O'Reilly on Collaboration

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    Jeremy F. sent in a pointer to this piece at oreillynet.com, a transcript of everybody's friend Tim's talk entitled "Open Source: The Model for Collaboration in the Age of the Internet". The talk was delivered at Computers, Freedom and Privacy in Toronto last week. Besides being a good read, anyone who follows all the links in this piece and reads on will be pretty much up-to-date with many major open source goings-on.

    LITA Open Source SIG at ALA Midwinter

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    Dave writes: "There will be a meeting of the newly-formed LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group at Midwinter. It will be Sat 1/15/2000 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Rivercenter (MARHQ - NOT the Marriot Riverwalk), Conference 4. This Interest Group is chaired by Jeremy Frumkin of the University of Arizona Libraries and vice-chaired by me. The agenda will include final
    preparations for the IG's first program at ALA Chicago, discussion of ongoing open source library initiatives and projects, discussion of the IG's goals and objectives, and future programming possibilities. All interested parties are more than welcome to attend."

    now playing: www.oss4lib.org

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    It's true; click on over and check out www.oss4lib.org. Everything should be working ok but let me know if anything seems broken.

    Ahhh... :)

    Chronicle and slashdot on LOCKSS

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    slashdot is running this story on the Highwire Press-led LOCKSS project for distributed long-term journal storage. The /. blurb references the months-old Chronicle piece on the topic. The LOCKSS page hasn't changed in a while... hope we see some source code and reports soon.

    LITA OSSIG@ALA meeting notes

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    as seen at the osdls site: "The Open Source Systems for Libraries Interest Group of LITA held its initial business meeting at ALA Midwinter in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 15 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. 24 people were in attendance..." More info, including how to join the OSSIG listserv, is available here. Great turnout, but I guess Jeremy didn't bring his camera this time... :(