Can you open this for me? Using and Understanding Open Source Tools

RUSA MARS Hot Topics Discussion Group Committee is seeking presentation proposals from energetic public and academic librarians to speak at ALA’s midwinter conference in Denver on January 24, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. 


The committee is putting together a panel of speakers to discuss their experiences using open source tools or code to deliver, promote, or enhance library services and/or collections.  The title of the MARS Hot Topics session is  “Can you open this for me? Using and .”


Presenters will be limited to 10-15 minutes and must provide some type of handout to the audience attendees.  


If you are interested, please send your presentation proposal of 100 words or less to Michelle Jacobs, Chair of MARS Hot Topics at by December 15, 2008.  If possible please include links to your library’s use of open source tools in the proposal.   The committee will make the decision about which proposals have been accepted by December 20, 2008.  Presenters accepted must be able to travel to Denver to present at the conference on January 24th.    For further information, contact Michelle Jacobs ( or Sarah Lehmann (

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