This page features content from our presentations on Open Source software, links to articles we've written, and so on.

What We Use

What We Use: A listing of the OSS sofware we use in the Crawford County Federated Library System.

Open Source Integrated Library System in a Rural American Library System Case study on our implementation of Koha, October 2014.

A Guide To Successful Open Source Projects in Public Libraries Article for the Association of Rural & Small Libraries, Sept. 2013.

Open Source Library Software Development in a Small Rural Library System Code4lib journal article, Issue 19 2013-01-15.

Customizing Ubuntu for Public Computing

These are my notes on customizing Ubuntu Lucid with LTSP 5 for our public Internet stations, including locking down Gnome and refreshing user accounts: Customizing Ubuntu Lucid for Public Computing

Also see Kyle's notes for locking down Gnome for use with Libki:

More Info on our Koha Installation

TechSoup Talk: Story of an Open Source Library (Oct. 2010)

Kyle Hall and Cindy Murdock Ames present a webinar about how we use OSS in our libraries:

PALA 2009 Open Source Panel

John and Cindy's presentations on how OSS is used in the CCFLS libraries from the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference:

ALA 2009: Koha: The ILS That Keeps on Giving

ALA 2008: What the User Expects and How to Get There

ALA TechSource -- Open Source Software for Libraries

Casey Bisson interviewed John and Cindy for an article in the May/June 2007 issue of Library Technology Reports. Link here:

Here's a Creative Commons-licensed version of the article:

Koha-Tools, Libki, and other Library-related OSS from Kyle Hall

2004 ALA Preconference: Open Source Internet Filtering

Materials from Cindy's Preconference on how to use Open Source Internet filtering software to comply with CIPA.

Available at

CIPA and the Supremes Presentation

John's presentation on Open Source filtering, presented at regional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association and Commonwealth Libraries. Available in pdf format:

Article on OS at MPL from

Cindy's article on how Open Source software is being used at the Meadville Public Library as well as in the Crawford County Federated Library System.

ALA 2003 Presentation

John's 2003 Presentation at ALA.

Open Source Filtering Article

Thin Clients @ Your Library

Presented by Cindy and John at the 2002 PaLA Annual Conference.

Open Source Thin Clients for Libraries

Cindy's presentation and handout for LITA National Forum, October 2002.

John's Open Source Presentation, ALA 2002, Atlanta

Materials from the Open Source Filtering Conference, May 2002

Presentations from Library Open Source Conference, October 4, 2001

Conference Handouts

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