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Friday, June 17 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Open Source Software in Theological Libraries

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For some librarians, open source software presents an exciting opportunity to be on a leading edge of development while potentially saving money. At the same time, implementing, developing, and supporting open source software may require skills and experiences not traditionally associated with theological librarianship. With historical roots in freeware and shareware, the open source movement leads innovations in many sectors, including libraries. Theological libraries of all shapes and sizes have successfully adopted and adapted open source applications to support their services and operations, from data management to integrated library systems. This panel will share open source solutions implemented in both large university library settings and small independent seminary settings. Each panelist will share his or her own experience implementing and developing open source tools in a theological library context, outlining the parameters of individual projects, the process of selecting tools, and the expertise required amongst library staff.

The panel will also discuss the possibility of formal and informal ways for theological librarians to support one another in software development endeavors, including a shared knowledge base, an ATLA GitHub repository, and other opportunities to help fellow librarians learn about available open source tools and software development training.

Friday June 17, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
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