Community-Supported Software Today

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The Museum field in many ways is at a crossroads. Will we continue to travel the road we always have, following along as vendors develop software that they believe we need and buying into standalone apps and software programs that work independently of one another? Or, has the time come for the field to truly think about embracing the idea of community supported software solutions—and what that means for collections care, long-term digital strategies, and administrators planning their budgets?

This class is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about open-source and community-supported software, and how to use it in their own institutions. Attendees will leave with greater confidence in their abilities to: include OSS/CSS in their technology landscape, articulate the pros and cons of different applications, and evaluate functionality and long-term sustainability.

By the end of this class, attendees will be able to:

Understand what open-source and community-supported software is;
Articulate strategies for finding, evaluating, selecting, implementing, and contributing back to open-source and community-supported software projects; and
Identify funder requirements around open-source and sources of funding for open-source projects


Leigh Grinstead

Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. During her nearly half decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) Leigh's love of project management, grants work and administration has been well tested. She has extensive experience in digital projects. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. In addition, Leigh has been responsible for training many library and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, including CONTENTdm. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She has also managed National Endowment for Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to collections grant; and is consulting on three others. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.

Megan Forbes

Megan Forbes has over 15 years of experience working with museum collections and collections technology. She has managed major grant projects funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, she served as co-Director of the IMLS-funded “It Takes a Village” project, which provided sustainability planning resources for open source software projects serving cultural and scientific heritage. Day-to-day, Megan provides strategic management for CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collection information management system for museums, leading the operations of the CollectionSpace organizational home, including community outreach, planning, and coordination with other LYRASIS programs. She also serves as the primary liaison with the museum community to raise awareness and foster adoption of CollectionSpace and the organizational home services that support it. Prior to her work with LYRASIS, Megan was the Director of the Collection at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. She has a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

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