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  1. Open source software in libraries
    • Description: This is an essay about open source software and libraries. It outlines what open source software is and is not. It discusses its relationships to the integrated library system. It compares open source software to open access journals and the evolutionary shift academe is experiencing in the world of scholarly communication. Finally, it very briefly reviews select pieces of open source software and describes how they can be used in libraries.
    • Date: 2004-05-04
    • Source: This is the pre-edited, English language version of the French article entitled "Logiciels libres et bibliotheques", BiblioAcid 1(2-3), May-June 2004, pgs. 1-8.
    • Subject(s): articles; open source software; librarianship;
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  2. All things open
    • Description: Things open abound. Open source software. Open access publishing. The open archives initiative. OpenURL. Some of these things are fundamental to the inner workings of the Internet. Others are a natural consequence of it. Some groups of people believe in things open with an almost religious fervor. At the other end of the spectrum are some people who see the same things as a drain on intellectual property. The key to progress lies in a middle ground. This presentation describes all things open in greater detail, elaborates on how they affect librarianship, and finally demonstrates some of their applicability in librarianship.
    • Date: 2006-03-28
    • Source: This file was never officially published, but the beginning is heavily based on another essay called Open Source Software in Thirty Minutes.
    • Subject(s): OpenURL; OAI (Open Archives Initiative); presentations; open access publishing; open source software; librarianship;
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  3. Open source software: Controlling your computing environment
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) -- free to use, reuse, study, modify, and distribute -- is quickly being adopted by libraries today. From office productivity suites such as OpenOffice to library-specific applications such as an integrated library system, "next generation" library catalogs and Firefox extensions. Open source software has a lot to offer libraries. This session looks at the many types of OSS available, how libraries are making use of it, and how it can be exploited in order to control your local computing environment.
    • Date: 2009-03-28
    • Source: This essay was written for a presentation at the Computers in Libraries Conference, March 31-April 2, 2009.
    • Subject(s): open source software; presentations; Computers in Libraries;
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  4. Open source software and libraries: A current SWOT analysis
    • Description: After more than ten years of listening and watching the library-related open source software, a number of things have changed. This presentation outlines some of those changes as well as outlines some of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of open source software. The presentation ends some ideas for a "next generation" library catalog -- services against texts.
    • Date: 2010-04-04
    • Source: This essay was written as the closing keynote speech for the 2nd Annual Evergreen Conference (April 23, 2010), Grand Rapids (Michigan)
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; presentations; open source software;
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  5. Open Source Software in libraries
    • Description: This is an introduction to open source software in libraries, with descriptions of a variety of software packages and successful library projects. But before we get to the software itself, I want to describe the principles and techniques of open source software (OSS) and explain why I advocate the adoption of OSS in the implementation of library services and collections.
    • Date: 2002-04-25
    • Source: This essay appeared in Open Source Software for Libraries, a LITA Guide, in 2002.
    • Subject(s): articles; open source software;
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  6. Open source software in libraries
    • Description: This short essay, originally prepared for a presentation at the 2001 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, describes my personal experience with open source software and enumerates a number of ways open source software can be used in libraries to provide better library service. The essay does this in three ways. First, it reflects on the similarities of gift cultures, open source software development, and librarianship. Second, it describes the present evolution of email.cgi, an open source software application I support, and MyLibrary@NCState, a portal application designed for libraries. Third, it summarizes very recent comments from the OSS4Lib mailing list calling for more proactive activities in the library community.
    • Date: 2001-06-08
    • Source: Prepared for a presentation at the 2001 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.
    • Subject(s): open source software; presentations;
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  7. Success of Open Source by Steven Weber: A book review
    • Description: Using Linux as its primary example, The Success of Open Source by Steven Weber details the history, process, motivations, and possible long-term effects of open source software (OSS). This scholarly yet easy-to-read, well-written, and provocative book is worth the time of anybody who wants to understand how open source software is effecting information technology. It describes how the process of open source software may effect business & economics, methods of governance, and concepts of intellectual property. It is also a great read for those of us librarians who desire to play a role in the building of next generation library catalogs and other library-related information systems.
    • Date: 2007-10-31
    • Source: The is a pre-edited version of an article with the same title appearing in the first issue of Code4Lib Journal at
    • Subject(s): book review; articles; open source software; librarianship;
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  8. Open Source Software in Libraries: Opportunities and Expenses
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) is not a panacea; it will not cure all problems computer. On the other hand, it does provide the library profession with enumerable opportunities as long as we are willing to pay a few expenses. This essay elaborates on these ideas by: 1) outlining what open source software is, 2) describing how its principles are similar to the principles of librarianship, and 3) enumerating a number of open source software applications. By the end it is hoped you will be have a better understanding of what open source can and cannot do for libraries. You will be better able to discuss topics related to open source software with "techies". Finally, and probably most importantly, you will have learned the definition of "free" in the context of open source.
    • Date: 2008-12-01
    • Source: This presentation was never formally published, but is was written for the MLNC Speaker Series in St. Louis Missouri
    • Subject(s): MLNC Speakers Series; presentations; open source software; librarianship;
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  9. Open source software for libraries in 30 minutes
  10. Open source software at the Montana State University Libraries Symposium
    • Description: This one-page essay outlines what open source software (OSS) is and how it can be applied to some of the computer-related problems facing libraries. In short, it characterizes open source software as a community-driven process, describes it as free as a free kitten, compares it to the principles of librarianship, and finally, outlines how it can be exploited to develop next generation library catalogs.
    • Date: 2007-09-29
    • Source: This is a presentation for the Montana State University Libraries Symposium, October 4, 2007.
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; presentations; open source software;
    • URL:
  11. Creating and managing XML with open source software
    • Description: This article reviews a number of open source XML applications and systems including editors, validators, native XML databases, and publishing systems; to describe how some of these tools have been combined by the author to create a specific system for a specific need. An overview of XML is provided, a number of open source XML applications/systems are reviewed, and a system created by the author using some of these tools is described. The open source tools for working with XML are maturing, and they provide the means for the library profession to easilyh publish library content on the Internet using open standards. XML provides an agreed upon way of turning data into information. The result is non-proprietary and application independent. Open source software operates under similar principles. An understanding and combination of these technologies can assist the library profession in meeting its goals in this era of globally networked computers and changing user expectations.
    • Date: 2005-07-30
    • Source: This article was originally published in Library Hi Tech Vol. 23 No. 4, 2005 pp. 526-540. This text is a pre-edited version of the published article
    • Subject(s): articles; TEI (Text Encoding Initiative); XML (eXtensible Mark-up Language); open source software;
    • URL:
  12. Open access publishing
  13. Gift cultures, librarianship, and open source software development
    • Description: This short essay examines more closely the concept of a "gift culture" and how it may or may not be related to librarianship. After this examination and with a few qualifications, I still believe my judgements about open source software and librarianship are true. Open source software development and librarianship have a number of similarities -- both are examples of gift cultures.
    • Date: 2000-12-28
    • Source: Frankly, I forget where this article was published first. Alas.
    • Subject(s): open source software; gift cultures; librarianship;
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  14. Exploiting "Light-weight" Protocols and Open Source Tools to Implement Digital Library Collections and Services
    • Description: This article describes the design and implementation of two digital library collections and services using a number of light-weight protocols and open source tools. These protocols and tools include OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), SRU (Search/Retrieve via URL), Perl, MyLibrary, Swish-e, Plucene, ASPELL, and WordNet. More specifically, we describe how these protocols and tools are employed in the Ockham Alerting service and MyLibrary@Ockham. The services are illustrative examples of how the library community can actively contribute to the scholarly communications process by systematically and programmatically collecting, organizing, archiving, and disseminating information freely available on the Internet. Using the same techniques described here, other libraries could expose their own particular content for their specific needs and audiences.
    • Date: 2005-10-01
    • Source: This article was originally published in D-Lib Magazine, volume 11, Number 10 (October 2005). Its DOI is doi:10.1045/october2005-morgan. Additionally, Xiaorong Xiang was the lead author of this article.
    • Subject(s): articles; OCKHAM (Open Community Knowledge Hypermedia Administration and Metadata); Web Services; open source software;
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  15. Open source software in libraries: A workshop
  16. Comparing Open Source Indexers
    • Description: This text compares and contrasts the features and functionality of various open source indexers: freeWAIS-sf, Harvest, Ht://Dig, Isite/Isearch, MPS, SWISH, WebGlimpse, and Yaz/Zebra. As the size of information systems increase so does the necessity of providing searchable interfaces to the underlying data. Indexing content and implementing an HTML form to search the index is one way to accomplish this goal, but all indexers are not created equal. This case study enumerates the pluses and minuses of various open source indexers currently available and makes recommendations on which indexer to use for what purposes. Finally, this case study will make readers aware that good search interfaces alone to not make for good information systems. Good information systems also require consistently applied subject analysis and well structured data.
    • Date: 2001-05-28
    • Source: This article was originally written for a presentation at the O'Reilly Open Source Software conference of 2001 in San Diego, CA
    • Subject(s): indexing; open source software;
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  17. first monday on a tuesday: a travel log
  18. Symposium on open access and digital preservation
  19. OCKHAM in Corvallis, OR
  20. OCKHAM@Emory (January, 2003)
  21. Implementing "Light-weight Reference Models" in MyLibrary
  22. OCKHAM in Atlanta
  23. IESR/OCKHAM in Manchester
  24. Open Library Developer's Meeting: One Web Page for Every Book Ever Published
    • Description: I attended an Open Library Developers Meeting on Friday, February 29, 2008 in San Franciscos Presidio, and this travel log outlines my experiences there. In a sentence, it was one of the more inspiring meetings I ever attended.
    • Date: 2008-03-14
    • Source: This travel log first appeared on the Hesburgh Libraries website at
    • Subject(s): Presidio; Open Library; travel log;
    • URL:

Creator: Eric Lease Morgan <>
Date created: 2000-06-20
Date updated: 2010-05-01