Tech Day 2009 – Open Source

Thursday, August 6 at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration).

Amy Begg De Groff

Keynote from Amy Begg De Groff, Director of Information Technology at Howard County (MD) Library.  When Amy started at Howard County in 2005, she “took on the task of seeing just how much money could be saved deploying open source solutions. Quickly, she found countless exciting open source projects, Firefox,, LDAP, Koha, to name a few; and set out to make these products come alive in Howard County.”

We are excited to hear from Amy about Open Source in libraries, especially as we have also started down that road with the Koha NExpress Shared Catalog and WordPress My Kansas Library on the Web projects.  For more information about the open source projects at Howard County, visit

So far we have break out sessions scheduled on Cloud Computing with NEKLS Tech Staff, Open Source Community: Your Ace in the Hole with Diana Weaver, Mickey Coalwell and Liz Rea and Selling Gaming to your Board with Diane Trinkle and Royce Kitts.
UPDATE: Digitization on a Shoestring with David LaCrone, WebJunction and Beyond with Cindi Hickey and Brenda Hough, and How To Open Source with Tim Martins and Liz Rea.  Updates also appear at the NEKLS Tech Blog.

New this year – Lightning Rounds!  We are borrowing this feature from Library Camp Kansas, the Unconference held at Kansas State University in March.  Anyone who wants to participate will be given 5 minutes to demonstrate their favorite Web-based (free) piece of software.  Be prepared with more than one, just in case!

Break out session still under consideration include netbooks and nettops in libraries and open source in academia.

Cost: $20 for NEKLS members and $35 for non-members

Audience: public, school and academic librarians with an interest in technology

Registration: Event Registration Online! or call the office.

Flyer for your Bulletin Board (created with OpenOffice, saved as a PDF.)

For more information, contact Sharon Moreland: (785) 838-4090 or smoreland


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