NHLA-ITS Open Source Software Roundtable

What follows was my attempt to capture the content of the southern NH roundtable discussion on open source software, held at the Manchester City Library. I may add more to these notes in the future, but at least you’ll have a little idea of what was discussed. Thanks to Lichen for facilitating this roundtable in Manchester and to Bobbi who facilitated the north country discussion.


  • WordPress plugin, download it into plugins directory and enable.
  • Acts as a blog-like interface for content from the ILS.
  • Availability info for library materials is available for a library using III (Innovative Interfaces ILS), see Plymouth State implementation.
    • Using WordPress dashboard to access the needed plugin
  • http://about.scriblio.net/download
  • Example implementation at Tamworth Library, http://tamworthlibrary.org/
  • Book discussion via comments on the blog


  • Videoconferenced with Bobbi Slossar at the "North Country" open source roundtable discussion using Skype. Skype is free.


  • Open source operating system, GUI implementation for Linux


  • Free accounts
  • From one interface, you can instant message with colleagues who may have different IM clients, for example Yahoo IM, Google Chat, AOL Instant Messaging, and more.
  • Meebo rooms: create a private or public IM room for committee work or chatting with librarians elsewhere in the building
  • IM widgets on library web pages, allows instant messaging directly from a webpage.


  • Online photo sharing
  • Flickr badge to put on one’s website, example, Manchester City Library home page 


  • Microblogging tool, limited number of characters in a post
  • Create a Twitter account for your library, include stuff that doesn’t really merit a blog post, but might be fun to make available nevertheless. Little tips, etc.
  • Install a Twitter badge on the library website.


  • Collect bookmarks online and have access to them from anywhere
  • New Firefox extension provides your deliciious bookmarks in a convenient sidebar along with numerous sorting options

Joomla & Drupal

  • Both are open source content management systems that enable you and multiple staff to update content without needing to go through a webmaster.
  • NHLA-ITS is in the process of building a website for the Richards Free Library using Joomla.

Open Office

Google Docs

Google Apps

Survey Monkey

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