Please note that my Library and Information Science instructional activies take precedence over blogging until after December 15th or so, except when my friend and colleagues spot a timely gem. My former student Sondhaya (Sunny) Sritongsook has been supporting my blog with ideas and research. She formatted most of this post, which I really appreciate.
The Oregon Library Association (OLA) dedicated their latest Quarterly issue to the concept of Open Libraries. The Fall 2010 issue reads like a handbook for creating “openness” in surrounding libraries such as dealing with diverse patrons, communicating with fellow library staff using wikis, and choosing open source software and open source integrated library systems over commercial software. The topics in the quarterly pertains to librarians who may want to consider a unifying system that creates and share data rather than limit their means of collecting and distributing information, especially due to budget crunches. The more the cost of journal subscriptions, the cost of getting published, not to mention the time it takes to make a hard copy readily available to readers makes Open Access Models even more appealing to librarians. Open publication licenses allow these materials to be improved and used by peers. For example, librarians are urged to tap into the scientific community’s publications using open science resources such as Open Notebook. Just as OA has done to the scholarly works all the world over, open science has brought about that same sort of transparency, accessibility and collaboration among scientists. Also highlighted in the quarterly is President Obama’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government through the Freedom of Information Act as the backdrop of allowing government information to go public. And until October 15th, the public may comment on the newest proposal that evaluates the openness of federal agencies at OpenTheGovernment.org.
The articles in the quarterly include:
Open to the Public By: Jane Salisbury with contribution from Carolee Hirsch
A Wiki Way of Communication By: Carol McGeehon
Free as in Internet: Using Linux and Open Source Software on Public Workstations By: Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen & Sean Park
Coming Soon to a Library Near You: An Open Source ILS By: Beth Longwell
Tipping the Scales: How Free Culture Helps Restore Balance in the Age of Copyright Maximalism By: Rachel Bridgewater
Collective Voice for Collective Good: Library Consortia, Open Access, and the Future of Scholarly Communication By: Kim Marsh Read
Open Sesame: The Open Science and Open Data Movements and Their Implications for Librarians By: Hope Leman
The Promise of Open Government, for the Nation and for Oregon By: Patrice McDermott & Roberta Richards
Oregon’s LSTA State Grant Program: Excavating Best Practice Reaching Towards Transparency By: Ann Reed & Jane Scheppke
The freely, downloadable pdf of the issue can be accessed here http://www.olaweb.org as the authors abide by the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License agreement. Make great use of it!