Openness and open source in library systems – a DE-UK dialogue

Openness and open source in library systems – a DE-UK dialogue


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Openness and open source in library systems: a DE-UK dialogue

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23 July 2021, 09:00-10:30 BST / 10:00-11:30 CEST

Moderated by Ewald Brahms (University Hildesheim/VDB) and Torsten Reimer (British Library/RLUK)

In many markets, the digital shift has led to increasing market concentration, with only a smaller number of large corporates having the resource to compete (or to buy the competition). As digital services become more powerful, the complexity of their design and algorithms increase too. As libraries are built around principles of openness and trust, we depend on transparency and an understanding of how our services work, so we can guard against bias. This session will look at the two case studies of libraries using open source technologies, embedded in a discussion of the wider landscape of library systems.

Kirstin Kemner-Heek is Head of Local Library Systems Department at the Head Office of the Common Library Network GBV in Göttingen. She will discuss the potential of the open source FOLIO library management system, drawing from her experience as member of the FOLIO Community Council and past-chair of the FOLIO product council.

William Nixon is Assistant Director (Academic Engagement and Digital) at the University of Glasgow. He will reflect on the Glasgow experience in open source development for repositories and current research information systems.

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