I just finished putting together a one day Nercomp Library/IT conference on open source for library. The webpage and advertising will start in a few days.  You can read about the program at the end of the email.

I have the option to organize a one day hands-on training the day after the conference. I am curious to know if  you think there is a need for this kind of training? If so, what one or two program/s are the most important and beneficial to start with for people who are interested in getting into Open Source movement?

Rachel Cheng
Associate University Librarian
Wesleyan University

What does Open Source have to do with Libraries?

April 25th, 2001
At Wesleyan University
Downey House, 294 High Street, Middletown, CT

If you have ever used the Internet, you have used open source software.   The concept of software programs that belong to everyone shares a striking similarity to the value of libraries as a collection of shared resources.   It is surprising, therefore, that the library IT community has not embraced the concept of open source software as quickly as they might. 
This workshop is designed to give you an idea of what Open Source is and what kind of software is available for libraries. By bringing together some of the creators and adopters, you will have a chance to talk to peoples who are involved in both side of this endeavor. You will learn what is required to make the software available and what it takes to adopt a program. Hopefully, you will also see how you and your institution might benefit from the Open Source movement.


8:30-9:15 Registration and Coffee

9:15-  9:20: Introduction:
Rachel Cheng, Associate University Librarian, Wesleyan University

9:20-10:00 Open Source for Libraries and update to Jake (Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment)
Speaker: Dan Chudnov, <>

10:00-  10:30 Jake at Notre Dame
Donna Stevenson,, at Notre Dame.

10:30-  10:50 Questions and Answers

10:50 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:40 MyLibrary at University of Michigan
Speaker: Tony Castelletto,

11:40-  Noon Questions and Answers

Noon- 1:20 Lunch

1:20- 2:00 Prospero
: a Web-based document delivery system designed as a complement to the Ariel (R) software system.
Speaker: Eric Schnell,

2:00-  2:30 Prospero at Connecticut College
Laurie, Lilienthal , Web Administrator, Information Services, Connecticut College,,
Brigit Pupillo, CTW/ILL Supervisor, Library, Connecticut College,

2:30-  2: 45 Questions and Answers

2: 45-  3:00 Break

3:00 - 3: 40 Avanti: an Open Source Integrated Library System and API (Application Programmer's Inter
Speaker: Peter Schlumpf, ,
North Suburban Library System in Wheeling, Illinois

3:40-  4:00 Questions and Answers