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ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C. Engard to Educate and Present at the SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

April 29th 2010
Nathan Curulla
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ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C. Engard to Educate and Present at the SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, is proud to announce that Nicole C. Engard, Director of Open Source Education for ByWater, will be presenting at this years SLA Conference in New Orleans, LA. on the power and value of open source and it's communities

Nicole will be teaching a CE workshop, and giving a lecture on open source implementation for libraries.

CE Workshop:
Saturday, 06/12/2010 1:00PM – 5:00PM
The library community is a buzz about open source software (OSS). What will it mean to our libraries? How can it save us money and time? What will open source mean to our libraries? More flexibility and freedom! Why open source; because both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles. This course will give you the facts about OSS by not only introducing you to what OSS is, how it is developed and maintained, and what it means for libraries, but also by providing attendees with a toolbox of over 50 OSS products to use in their libraries.

Open Source Lecture:
Monday, 6/14/2010 2:00PM-3:30PM
An introduction to open source software for libraries; what it is, what it does, how it came to be, and how you can take advantage of the many benefits it presents. It is more than just free software!

Nicole will also be promoting her upcoming book on open source software for libraries which is due out in July.

Nicole C. Engard has been a pillar of the Koha community since 2008 and acts as documentation manager for the project. In 2009 Nicole signed on with ByWater Solutions as Director of Open Source Education, and is well known outside of the Koha community as a speaker, teacher and writer. She has also been recognized as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for 2007.

About SLA 2010:
The Big Easy's convivial environs are the perfect backdrop for the 2010 SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. You'll enjoy endless opportunities to network with information professionals from around the world . . . participate in a dizzying array of professional development sessions featuring illustrious thought leaders . . . listen to captivating keynote speakers who will spark your imagination and color your conversation . . . and chat with exhibitors from top product and service providers and learn what's hot and what's essential. For more information, visit the SLA website.

About ByWater Solutions:
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems such as Koha and Evergreen. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit:

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