October 27-29 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

C302 - Open Source Trade-Off: Two Cases

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Julie Finklang, eBranch Manager, San Mateo County Library
Megan Wong, Virtual Library Manager, Santa Clara County Library District

Is your library considering open source technology? Open source technology is largely considered to be an affordable option for budget-challenged libraries because it is, theoretically, free. In reality, the true costs of open source technology may not become clear until the project is well underway. Libraries need to evaluate the total resource requirements of open source technology before embarking on this digital direction. San Mateo County Library launched a Drupal-based website in 2010 and is now embarking on a redesign using the BiblioCommons BiblioCMS. Santa Clara County Library District, after having seriously considered an open source solution, decided to move from one proprietary system to another. Speakers share their experiences with evaluating and implementing both open source and vendor-based technologies.

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