June 6th, 2007 Brian Herzog
Elizabeth Thomsen, NOBLE
Elizabeth energetically spoke on the world of software in general: how it is developed, how it should be viewed, and what is necessary to making good software:
- Her basic message: Software is easy!
- Software should be designed to be used by people. Therefore, any shortcomings of the software is the fault of the programmers, and users can't be blamed for errors
- Communication is vital to development, both amongst programmers and between programmers and users; users should be seen as co-developers
- Design is important, as poor design can hide even the best features
- A few quotes from Brook's Law to underscore pitfalls with software development:
- "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later"
- "Childbirth takes nine months no matter how many women are assigned to the task"
[view Elizabeth's presentation]
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June 6th, 2007 Brian Herzog
I spent today at NELA-ITS' Spring Program, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Open Source," focusing on open source software use in libraries. There were four speakers, and I tried to summarize the main points of each:
Update: Check out session reviews by Emily Alling, too
All I'll say about the location, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, is this: go there if you can (photos).
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May 17th, 2007 Brian Herzog
Looking for a way to learn more about using open source tools in your library? Sure, we all are. Have I got a program for you...
One committees I'm on is the Information Technology Section of the New England Library Association. In addition to going to the meetings and sponsoring sessions at NELA's annual conference, we're also planning the NELA-ITS Spring Program, called "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Open Source."
This program is being held Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, in Boylston, MA. I'm looking forward to going, both for the program itself and because I've heard Tower Hill is a great place to spend a nice day outside.
More about the program:
||Registration and Breakfast
||Opening Session - Elizabeth Thomsen, North of Boston Library Exchange
||Koha Open Source ILS - Joshua Ferraro, Liblime
||Running Linux Applications in a Public Library - Randy Robertshaw, Tyngsboro Public Library
||Flavors of Linux (Ubuntu and more!) - Wes Hamilton, Technology Coordinator, Western MA Regional Library System
||Q & A with our panel of speakers
Cost: NELA Members - $40 Non-members - $50
More details and online registration is available, but feel free to ask me any questions you might have, too.
Going to various committee meetings is okay, but I really enjoy getting off the desk and out of the library to find out what other librarians are doing and how they handle the same issues I see in my own library. This program will be great for that - maybe I'll see you there.
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