Meeting Archive:
Story of an Open Source Library

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Office Software



Web Services

Apache Web Server





Library System Software






Desktop Virtualization



Server Virtualization



Website Create & Management





Internet Filtering


Dan’s Guardian


Thin Clients

Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP)


Kiosk Management



Phone System




Meadville Public Library’s OSS Resources

Comparison of Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress



Meeting Description:

This webinar will cover specific open source tools (some of which you may not have heard of before!) that work well for libraries and the benefits and challenges associated with their use. Meadville Public Library uses open source software on 90% of their public access computers. 

Cindy Murdock Ames, IT Services Director and Kyle Hall, the library's on-staff developer, will share recommendations for libraries considering open source software and how to get started successfully. Cindy has been using open source software for over 10 years, which has allowed the library to save licensing costs and have more control over its computing environment. The library uses open source tools for their websites, e-mail, Internet firewall, wireless router, proxying, filtering, and productivity software. They use thin clients for Internet access and Koha for the circulation and public catalogs.

Do you have a question or comment about open source you’d like our hosts to cover? Post it to our Community Forums and we’ll make sure your question gets addressed!

You can discuss this webinar on Twitter with the hashtag #techsoup or join us for a live-stream of the event in Second Life.

Date: Thu, Oct 21, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Stephanie Gerding
 Presenter Information
Cindy Murdock Ames
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Cindy Murdock Ames is the IT Services for the Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System.  Since 1999 Cindy has been using Open Source software wherever possible to augment the services available in her libraries.   She lives in Meadville, PA with her husband, 3 cats, and dog; she is also somewhat obsessed with knitting.

Kyle Hall
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Kyle Hall, an IT specialist for the Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System of Pennsylvania, is a Free Open Source Software advocate and software developer. His contributions to Koha include bugfixes and new features, as well as the Koha Off-line Circulation system. In addition to his work with Koha, he is also the author of a Free Open Source kiosk management system, Libki, a cross-platform system for controlling access to computers via logins and time limits.

Stephanie Gerding
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Stephanie Gerding is a nationally known library consultant and author. She presents workshops around the country and online on grants, training, and technology topics. Stephanie’s books include Grants for Libraries, Winning Grants, and The Accidental Technology Trainer. Stephanie co-authors the Library Grants Blog. She is currently a Training and Outreach consultant for the TechSoup for Libraries program.