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|Summary||LYRASIS has received a $670,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for initiatives that advance use and support of open source software and systems in libraries and archives.|
Atlanta, GA — October 15, 2012 — LYRASIS, the nation's largest regional non-profit membership organization for libraries, has received a $670,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for initiatives that advance use and support of open source software and systems in libraries and archives.
"Open source software gives libraries local control over development and design, and increased customization to better serve their patrons. Collaborative approaches to open source software and systems, both in development and support, can reduce costs and expand functionality. LYRASIS, as a community-based, membership organization, is committed to harnessing community resources and focusing community energy to benefit all libraries. The generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports our efforts to raise awareness, foster adoption, and improve sustainability of community-based open source library and archival software," stated Kate Nevins, Executive Directors at LYRASIS.
The grant focuses on LYRASIS open source initiatives to advance sustainability in three areas:
The grant runs for two years. Improvements in the centerpiece of LYRASIS decision-support service, the FOSS4Lib website (Free/Open Source Software for Libraries at http://foss4lib.org) have begun, and the first sustainability conference is planned for spring 2013.
The improvements to FOSS4Lib now include two more tools to help libraries make decisions about open source tools. The Integrated Library System Software Selection Methodology (http://foss4lib.org/decision-support/ils-ssm) and the Discovery Layer Software Selection Methodology (http://foss4lib.org/decision-support/discovery-layer-ssm) focus on the specific needs of these types of systems, and expand on the existing tools available on FOSS4Lib.org. The site also features a registry of software packages to help libraries find information about open source software service providers, events, and releases. Since its launch in January 2012, more than 16,000 people have visited FOSS4Lib looking for information about open source software in libraries.
"Libraries are looking for options for integrated library systems and discovery layers," said Peter Murray, Assistant Director for Technology Services Development. "FOSS4Lib gives libraries the tools needed to consider open source options on par with commercial options."
LYRASIS partners with member libraries to create, access and manage information, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing library and technology operations, and increasing buying power. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.
|Type of Material:||Press Release|
|Issue:||October 15, 2012|
|Last Update:||2012-12-29 14:06:47|
|Date Created:||2012-11-01 15:37:59|