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Open Source – Developing your Library Resilience!

2021 Preconference: Hybrid – In Person or Virtual Session
Tuesday, November 2, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description: Librarians and library staff often partner with vendors to reimagine workflows and create new services, however, such efforts often do not deeply change staff’s mode of work nor empower us to keep on learning new skills and enable continuous cycles of improvement. Fears of potentially steep learning curves and long-term commitment also prevent staff and administrators from contributing to truly participatory and open source frameworks which will increase our self-sustainability and actualization as professionals.

In this session, three library leaders from different institutions will share their work and experience working in open source development and governance environments. We will walk all workshop attendees through the process of ideation, conceptualization, and creation of new library applications inside open-source networks such as FOLIO, Project ReShare, VuFind, and others. We will discuss roles for library staff in open source development: subject-matter experts, product owners, leadership, etc. and will describe the terminology used: roadmap, themes, features, stories, etc. We’ll share potential challenges, advantages, and advice on how to balance the needs of the project vs. institution vs. individual.

Exercises will give the attendees real work they can practice such as writing user stories and road mapping as well as providing a taste of networking and decision-making processes unique to such ecosystems. We will also suggest ways by which attendees can join such work and begin to explore their individual paths to contribute to help library staff achieve their professional aspirations.


  • Boaz Nadav Manes, University Librarian, Lehigh University
  • Kirstin Kemner-Heek, Head of Local Library Systems Department, Head Office of the Common Library Network GBV, Göttingen, Germany.
  • Jesse Koennecke, Director, Acquisitions & E-Resource Licensing Services, Cornell University
  • Paula Sullenger, Associate Dean for Information Resources, Texas A&M University

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