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We here at oss4lib get a lot of queries from folks interested in learning more about open source hacking, or how librarians approach open projects, or how new technology XYZ will fit in with libraries. We'll post original pieces you write covering anything around the intersection of free software and libraries or link to your site if you send us a url (use the Contact link above). We'll also post brief reviews of books you might suggest as useful, on-topic titles.


  • Open Source Software and Libraries Bibliography by Brenda Chawner (updated quarterly)
  • Open standards and software for bibliographies and cataloging by Bruce D'Arcus and John J. Lee (2003-12-05, last updated 2003-10)
  • articles:

  • Building WebPAC for Faculty of Philosophy Libraries - experiences and lessons learned by Marijana Glavica and Dobrica Pavlinusic (2002-10)
  • The Open Source Movement by Richard Poynder, in Information Today (2001-10)
  • An Interview with Paul Everitt and Ken Manheimer of Digital Creations, publishers of Zope, by Daniel Chudnov (2001-03)
  • Docster: Instant Document Delivery by Daniel Chudnov (2000-04)
  • The GNU Project FTP Site: A Digital Collection Supporting a Social Movement by Michel Bejian (1999-12)
  • Open Source Systems for Libraries: Getting Started by Daniel Chudnov (1999-02)

    books you might like:

    The Cathedral & the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond (O'Reilly)
    100% required reading. In the title essay, ESR defines what makes open source projects work -- dead on, not too technical, and amusing to boot. The extra essays explore the sociological and economic space around the culture of open source. Read it.

    Open Source Development with CVS by Karl Fogel (Coriolis)
    If you're going to run/hack on an open source project, this is required reading #2. The most lucid discussion of how to live in a cvs world (a Good Place to be) you can find. The printed book also includes useful explanations of open source culture which expand nicely on ESR's opus.

    Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, edited by Dibona, Stone, and Ockman (O'Reilly)
    A whirlwind tour of who's who and what's what in the free software world. Start with RMS; bounce around as you wish after that, learning more at every turn.

    Caught in the Web of Words : James A. H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary, by K. M. Elisabeth Murray and R. W. Burchfield (Yale)
    Now that you're up to speed, discover how broadly the principles espoused by RMS, ESR, and others you've read apply by studying how Professor Murray lived by those principles 100 years ago.
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