Just Released: 2021 LYRASIS Open Source Software Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Source Software Support in American Libraries
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.
Direct to Report Resources
- Appendix A: Survey Questions
- Appendix B: Redacted Survey Data (.xls)
- Appendix B: Redacted Survey Data (.csv)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.