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Lunchtime listen: Karen Schneider at Code4lib conference

For some reason I just went back to review the keynote given by Karen Schneider — aka Free Range Librarian — at the 2007 Code4Lib conference. I found some really great practical tidbits for talking about open source in libraries as well as some food for thought. So please take the 50 minutes to sit back and enjoy Karen’s most interesting talk. You’ll be glad you did!


Below are some highlights:

  • @ the 19min mark…seizing control of the tools we know we need to have and that we can create oursleves…we’re really in a renaissance of librarian-built software for the first time it’s like we’re shaking ourselves awake and really grabbing hold, seizing the day. Librarian-built software begins to restore the balance of power in our profession…
  • @27min mark (slide 16), there’s an interesting exchange about open source including stereotypes of open source and how to talk to directors about open source at @ 36min.
  • Slide 32 = every library needs a developer
  • 48min mark = Q&A from Dan Chudnov discussing free software and Schneider’s over-simplification that there’s no free software. Dan points out that there’s a higher level of conversation about free software that needs to happen.

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