Future of Academic Libraries: February 3rd Discussion

Are you interested in discussing the future of academic libraries? Join the Maryland Library Association’s Future of Libraries Interest Group (FOLIG) this Monday, February 3rd to chat!

The meeting is 10am-12pm at the Bel Air Branch of Harford County Public Library. If you can’t be there physically, you can join virtually via MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate room.

You can also visit the FOLIG website to learn more about getting involved with the interest group.

Hope to see you there!


Save the date for ARLD's fall program

Title:  Open Source Catalogs, OPACS and more:  the next generation is here now!

Date:  Thursday, September 18, 2008

Time:  9:30-2 (breakfast and lunch included)

Place:  Chesapeake College Library, Wye Mills, MD (beautiful library not far from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge!)

Directions and registration information to follow.

Looking for a Web 2.0 portal, OPAC or catalog?  Find out how to use open source software to create a customizable interface, or even a fully featured ILS, that is easier to search, allows users to interact and encourages them to come back to your website.  Save this date for a highly informative program appropriate for public and academic libraries; cataloging, collection management, technical, public services and administrative staff (and others!).  Presenters include Andrew Nagy, Villanova University, who developed a free, open source resource discovery application called VuFind.  VuFind  replaces the web interface to a library catalog.   Jerry Keiser and his staff from the Kent County  Public Library will discuss their implementation of Evergreen, an open source ILS developed by the Georgia Public Library Service.

The speakers will provide background on open source and compare open source and proprietary systems.  They’ll give the nuts and bolts of developing and deploying an open source application or ILS; discuss the expertise, software and hardware required; and address ways of obtaining support for an open source system.