IMLS support for free and open source software

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the U.S. government’s primary vehicle for direct federal support of libraries, museums, and archives across the entire country. It should come as no surprise that the Trump administration’s “budget blueprint” proposes to wipe it out, along with the NEA, NEH, Meals on Wheels, and dozens of other […]


The Internet Archive had this to say earlier today: Access to physical libraries is neither universal nor equitable. We hope to put books in the hands of learners worldwide with #100andchange — Internet Archive (@internetarchive) February 15, 2017 This was in response to the MacArthur Foundation announcing that the IA is a semifinalist for […]

Naming and responding to hate — YAPC::NA and ALA Annual in Orlando

Tomorrow we will drive to Orlando, as next week I’m attending two conferences: the Perl Conference (YAPC::NA) and the American Library Association’s Annual 2016 conference. A professional concern shared by my colleagues in software development and libraries is the difficult problem of naming. Naming things, naming concepts, naming people (or better yet, using the names they tell us to […]

Securing Z39.50 traffic from Koha and Evergreen Z39.50 servers using YAZ and TLS

There’s often more than way to search a library catalog; or to put it another way, not all users come in via the front door.  For example, ensuring that your public catalog supports HTTPS can help prevent bad actors from snooping on patron’s searches — but if one of your users happens to use a […]

Pronounceable acronyms, or why you should come to the LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group meeting at ALA Midwinter

I just realized something — I’ve never heard anybody refer to the LITA OSS IG as the “awww-zig”. Probably just as well. Anyway, here’s my pitch for the meeting, which is today, 9 January 2011, at the San Diego Convention Center in room 31C. By design, the IGs in LITA are perhaps the wildest and […]

Forum on careers for public librarians in technical services

Catalogers and technical services managers in public libraries are needed more than ever, but for a variety of reasons their numbers have been declining over the years. ALCTS CRG has convened a forum on careers in technical services in public libraries, but as the forum was not listed in the program guide, here’s the description. […]