At the North Suburban Library System here just outside of Chicago we are planning on hosting an Open Source Symposium this Fall.  We plan this to be a one day event where we can bring in speakers and demo projects and software.  It's intended to create an awareness of open source software in libraries, be an opportunity for librarians to meet developers and to be able to actually *see* and demo the software and show then what it can do.   In order to create awareness we're directing this toward non-technical librarians and we're hoping to attract as many of them as possible, *especially* library administrators.
I'll post an announcement on the list as the details of the event come together.
Peter Schlumpf
North Suburban Library System

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From: Erkens, Carol (LIB) []
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 1:32 PM
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Subject: RE: [oss4lib-discuss] Open Source Software and Libraries

It seems to me, then, the place to start showing libraries that OSS is a way to help all libraries is to start with the library organizations. Do we have booths? Showing the wonders and joys as well as letting librarians and administrators know these things are ongoing developments may go far in “selling” the idea. Money people come to the conventions.


The only reason I found this list and even thought about looking was, my husband introduced me to Linux. I installed it on one of my HDs at home and it got me thinking about things I could do at work to make life easier. I did a web search and found oos4lib, but I wonder how many other people are like me, no clue that there’s a group working on OSS for & in libraries.


We need to SHOW people what OSS can do. We have to SHOW them why it makes more sense to go OSS rather than buying into a package deal that very well may not be supported in 1, 2, or 3 years, which will require a costly upgrade.


Once those people are convinced, they will be able to sell their moneymakers/moneyraisers on the idea. Publicity, exposure, articles written in library journals and electronic journals for libraries (I know some articles have been written because I found Daniel’s name that way) but we need to go more mainstream.


Open source hasn’t had too many “leaders” that I’ve seen as most of the people doing the programming/coding are very independent. But the OSS movement does have spokespersons. Perhaps an official oss4lib Spokesperson is what is needed.