LYRASIS Trending Topics - Hidden Labor in Open Source Software

Date & Time Name Delivery Method Price (LYRASIS Member / Non-Member)  
4/16/2021 1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
LYRASIS Trending Topics - Hidden Labor in Open Source Software
Live Online $0.00 / $25.00


Supporting open infrastructure is a hot topic in the library community. Much of the conversation focuses on the sustainability of open source software and how communities fund their work. The focus on software development and the costs associated with it largely ignore how intricate and nuanced community work, like all technology work, is.

During this session, attendees will:

  • Examine theories related open source software communities
  • Identify methods for resourcing community work
  • Learn how communities organize their work
  • Identify strategies for governing community work

There will be time to participate through text chat, so please bring your questions. This session will be useful for those who are interested in learning more about how library open source software communities operate.


Rosalyn Metz is the Associate Dean, Library Technology and Digital Strategies at Emory University in Atlanta. She leads a diverse cross-functional team that provides technology support for Emory University Libraries.

Rosalyn is active in several open source software communities. She serves as Chair of the Samvera Steering Group and co-chaired the working group that developed Samvera’s Governance Recommendations. She is a member of the Fedora Steering and Leaders groups and served as the Chair of Fedora Steering in 2020. She is also a member of the Oxford Common File Layout Editorial Group.

Rosalyn joined Emory University Libraries in 2016. During her tenure, Emory has implemented a number of open source software applications including Hyrax, Fedora, ArchivesSpace, and Avalon Media System. The Libraries are currently implementing a Blacklight-based catalog and have plans to migrate their websites to Drupal.

Prior to joining Emory, she was the Operations Manager for Stanford’s Digital Repository and has held various other roles within the library technology space.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Archives
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