September 26, 2021

Just Released: 2021 LYRASIS Open Source Software Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Source Software Support in American Libraries

From the Publication Announcement and Abstract:

Open Source Software (OSS) is defined as a type of software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to use, study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. OSS is widely adopted amongst GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) institutions, but activities surrounding OSS are often unknown and/or poorly documented.

The LYRASIS open source software survey was conducted in spring 2021 as a mechanism to better understand how institutions interact with and support OSS programs. For the purposes of the survey, OSS programs were defined as community-based programs specifically designed for GLAM institutions, such as FOLIO, ArchivesSpace (a LYRASIS supported community), and Omeka. This report provides institutions with an opportunity to see where their efforts fall amongst the activities of their peers in three categories: (1) funding/supporting OSS, (2) justifying OSS, and (3) evaluating OSS.

Authors

Hannah Rosen, LYRASIS
0000-0001-6804-7073

Jill Grogg, LYRASIS
0000-0001-5136-4507

Direct to Report Resources

Final Report: LYRASIS 2021 Open Source Software Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Source Software Support in American Libraries 
23 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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