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ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C Engard Presents at the Southwest Florida Library Network

January 22nd, 2010
Nathan Curulla
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ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C Engard Presents at the Southwest Florida Library Network

ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C. Engard presented yesterday at a workshop for the Southwest Florida Library Network on “Libraries and Open Source: Freedom and Community.” The presentation not only introduced librarians to what open source is and what it means for libraries, but also provided attendees with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries. Nicole also had the chance to dispel some of the myths surrounding open source.

Jane Volker, ECHO Reference Librarian and former teacher was among the attendees of the presentation. When asked about the success of the talk, she stated:

“Nicole is definitely in the right job. She is a great teacher! I always get sleepy in these kinds of workshops but I never did in this class. Nicole was animated and touched on all our needs!”

Nicole C. Engard is known in the library world for her blog “What I Learned Today…” as well as her many publications including her book “Library Mashups.” Her experience with open source software started with the Koha ILS, for which she is now the Documentation Manager. She continues this role along with her work at ByWater.

About ByWater Solutions

With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized installation, data migration, configuration, hosting, training, support options and development for 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. Check us out!


SWFLN is a non-profit 501(c)3 multi-type library cooperative serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Monroe Counties. Libraries of all types are SWFLN members - public libraries (including one tribal library system), academics, schools, and special libraries.

Their mission is to encourage interlibrary cooperation, to facilitate resource sharing and to provide opportunities for professional growth among all types of libraries and library staff. In support of that mission, SWFLN libraries have established this reciprocal borrowing project, an interlibrary loan and delivery system, and a strong program of cutting edge technology training

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