systems of revolt: open-source and open-access as viable rivals to vendor products

This is the edited script of a presentation given by Simon Barron at UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow, UK on 2018-04-09 and 2018-04-10. It has been edited to incorporate the accompanying presentation into the text and to insert additional detail and quotes. Thanks to Matt Borg for asking me to present and …

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how white is your UX practice?: inclusion and diversity in critical UX research

This is the edited script of a presentation given by Karine Larose and Simon Barron at UXLibsIII conference in Glasgow, UK on 2017-06-06. It has been edited to incorporate the accompanying presentation into the text and to insert additional detail and quotes. Thanks to the organisers for selecting our paper and allowing us to present. …

Creating a registration form web application for library users

Imperial College Library's Operational Plan for 2016-2017 included a project to replace a paper-based process for registering external users with a more modern approach. The User Services team approached Library Information Systems to work on a web-based form which would submit data directly to the library management system. Following a couple of months of development, …

existentialism and free and open-source software: an attempted synthesis

1.0: introduction Free and open-source software (FOSS) is computer software that allows the user to view the underlying source code, edit the code, and share the code with others. It is ‘open’ in the sense that the source code is metaphorically open and available for all to see. But in what sense is FOSS ‘free’? …

11 open-source alternatives

Free and open-source software (FOSS) is becoming more widely used in libraries as an alternative to proprietary software from commercial vendors. At their core, libraries and the open-source movement have the same ideological core: protecting freedom of information and the public commons. In other words, both libraries and open-source fight the commodification of information (Lawson …

safe-spaces and critical discourse at library conferences

At this year's Internet Librarian International conference, Jodie Ginsberg delivered a timely keynote speech on protection of privacy and free expression in the library and information sector. As CEO of Index on Censorship, a magazine about freedom of expression and censorship, Ginsberg was well-placed to discuss the issues around freedom that are affecting libraries today. …