Your Name and Title: Grace Dunbar

 

Library, School, or Organization Name: Equinox Software

 

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

 

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Norcross, GA, United States

 

Language in Which You Will Present: English

 

Target Audience(s): Staff and administrators who are implementing or considering implementing an open source ILS

 

Short Session Description (one line): A successful transition to an open source ILS starts and ends with your staff.

 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): 

Collaboration and information sharing comes naturally to librarians; its no wonder so many of them embrace open source initiatives.  The trend in libraries to move toward open software seems like a natural progression of our mission, so what’s stopping us?  In this session, the truth comes out:  We have seen the roadblocks and they are us.

 

People are the most critical factor in any organization and the most overlooked when it comes to significant organizational shifts.  Together we’ll explore the human side of the equation around open source transitions including how to foster open discourse and set achievable expectations.  We will also discuss the different personalities in your organization and how you can use their strengths to build a juggernaut that embraces (or at least accepts) change.

 

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Grace:  

I just have to make sure this isn't a commercial session or a pitch for any commercial services.  All general conference sessions have to be noncommercial. We do have options for commercial sponsors to co-present or present as part of sessions that are advertised as sponsored. Let me know, and thanks.

Hi Steve,

I didn't intend for it to be a commercial session at all.  I have found through my work that front line staff are the *last* people involved in most transitions.  They are often confused, unsure of the plan, unsure of their job security, and they feel completely left in the dark.  If not addressed, this can lead to resentment or worse.  I try to encourage groups that we work with to engage their staff early and often in any transition process - particularly one that isn't well understood, like the transition to open source.  My company doesn't provide consulting for these services, so it won't be a sales pitch.  This session is based more off my years as a library manager and director with the specificity of transitioning to open source because that's my current experience.  I promise not to sell our services.

Thanks and sorry for the delay in responding, I was out for a few days last week.

Grace

Great.  :)  Sending you an acceptance email now.

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