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A project that I've been working on for months is finally seeing daylight. Here is the text of a press release about the #FOSS4LIB -- #opensource software for libraries -- website:

ATLANTA – (January 18, 2012) – LYRASIS is pleased to announce the launch of FOSS4LIB (Free/Open Source Software for Libraries), a website dedicated to providing guidance about open source software for the library community.

With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, LYRASIS Technology Services is leveraging the expertise of its open source development team and consulting staff to help librarians and technologists navigate through the planning, decision-making and implementation processes associated with open source. “Open source software enables libraries to improve their services in cost-effective ways. Through the FOSS4LIB website, library professionals will be able to more effectively assess and meet the needs of their staff and users through open source,” said Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS.

FOSS4LIB offers a set of Decision Support Tools for the library community to assess open source readiness and related decisions. The tools include:a self-paced survey to determine the best open source hosting option; a list of questions that helps libraries understand open source software requirements and how to integrate with their larger institutional technology environments; a list of factors that impact the true cost of implementing open source; and a document to guide the final software package selection.

The site also details current information about open source software service providers, events and usage. Through its open source software registry, FOSS4LIB enables providers to highlight their software packages and benefits, libraries to submit firsthand experience with open source software, and users to learn about open source software updates and releases.

FOSS4LIB is accessible at http://foss4lib.org/. Software package creators, service providers and library professionals are encouraged to add their contact information to the registry. LYRASIS is providing additional information about this free online resource via free webinars and online classes, and will present overviews at the ALA Midwinter Conference:

January 21st from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (CST), City Center Marriott Somerset Room
January 22nd from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (CST), City Center Marriott Bordeaux Room
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I hope it goes well and that it has the actual, ongoing, legitimate, no sudden surprises support of LYRASIS heads. Honestly.
 
I'm sympathetic to your comment, Walt -- and I have my eyes and ears open. So far, so good, but time will tell. 
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