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Friday April 20, 2007

8:30am – 9:15am – Coffee — Meet and Greet

9:15am – 10:45am – Opening Session

Jeffrey Trzeciak
Preparing the Library of Today for the User of Tomorrow

  • Since his appointment as University Librarian at McMaster University in July of 2006, Jeffrey Trzeciak has been a force for change. Focusing on the creation of a learning library at Mac, he has been behind a series of transformative changes including the implementation of an Endeca based library catalogue, the creation of four new positions with a digital focus (including a gaming librarian), and the establishment of a reference service in Second Life. We look forward to hearing more about Jeffrey’s plans for McMaster and his vision for positive change in libraries.

(breakout into two streams: Toolkit & Trend Watch)

11am – 12:30pm
Toolkit Sessions

David Fiander and Art Rhyno Note: David Fiander’s place will be taken by Dan Scott
Evergreen project

The Evergreen project was launched to develop and implement a homegrown library system for the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). This project was in response to the library system’s frustration over commercial ILS options that fell short of meeting the needs of a large consortia group of libraries. Evergreen was developed by a small in-house team using open source technologies, at significantly lower cost than commercial ILS applications and has proven dramatically more flexible in meeting the needs of GPLS. Both presenters are currently participating in the development of a circulation and acquisitions module for the Evergreen project. 

11am – 12:30pm
Trend Watch

Bess Sadler
Western coordinator for Open Source and leader of “ILS-in-a-box”

Bess Sadler will be speaking about the use of open source software by libraries in developing and transitional countries. She co-chairs a group within eIFL (electronic Information for Libraries) called eIFL-FOSS. The FOSS stands for Free and Open Source Software, and the group works to help libraries that are having difficulties implementing and supporting commercial ILS systems transition to the use of open-source ILS products. eIFL-FOSS is currently planning the development of "Library-in-a-Box," an open-source, fully internationalized integrated library system, designed to be easy to install and support, and with next-generation OPAC features like faceted browsing. Library-in-a-box will build on the work already done by evergreen and koha.


12:30pm – 1:30pm — Lunch (included with registration)

1:30pm – 3pm
Toolkit Sessions

Walter Lewis
Knowledge Ontario (using “Lucene”)

Knowledge Ontario (KO) was developed on the mission that it will provide Ontarians with the digital tools they need to build stronger and healthier communities. Ongoing KO programs and projects include a virtual reference service, applications to develop digital resources at the local level, an interactive space for information sharing, and streaming video services. Walter was instrumental in the development of Our Ontario, one of the six projects that form the foundation of KO. Our Ontario provides a place to search, discover, access and interact with Ontario’s digital cultural heritage. The site has several advanced features for discovery, and is being developed using Solr and Lucene, a powerful combination of open source tools for indexing and faceting results that can be applied to a variety of discovery systems in libraries.

1:30pm – 3pm
Trend Watch

Beth Jefferson

Beth Jefferson of Bibliocommons is working towards an exciting new vision for library OPACs that seamlessly integrates with existing ILS environments and creates a highly interactive and engaging search and discovery space for library users. OPAC users will benefit from connections that are built around collections – connections between people and content; people and conversations; and people and the communities they are most interested in.


3:15pm – 4:45pm — Closing Keynote

Tim Spalding
Social Cataloging and the ‘Fun’ OPAC

  • LibraryThing is a social cataloging and social networking site for book lovers. It has been called “the future of online catalogs” (Steve Cohen, Public Libraries magazine). LibraryThing is the OPAC people want to use–it’s actually fun. How does it do this, and is there something here libraries can learn from? Can libraries go past findable and usable to make their OPAC sociable, even enjoyable? Tim Spalding will discuss his experience building LibraryThing and watching it grow, and provide some advice for making your library’s OPAC the center of the party.
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