My project

My project is to collect and curate online the honors theses of Muhlenberg students for open access. Right now, the permission to proceed rests with the library director and the library committee, who in turn are going to consult with department heads. Once I receive the go ahead, I will develop a system of collection, most likely working with department …

My thoughts on the article “Open Source Hardware FAQ”

The distinction being made here is between “useful articles” and design files of those articles. The blueprint design files or patterns are considered “expression” and thus protected by copyright. The objects that are designed from them–the hardware–cannot be protected by copyright. So, again, I can seek protection from copyright for the design files, but not for the useful objects (the …

My thoughts on the article “The Importance of Open Access, Open Source, and Open Standards for Libraries”

I can speak from personal experience when I talk about open source. The library now employs an open source system called WMS or Encompass Search. When the library made the switch from Innovative Interfaces (a proprietary closed system) to Encompass Search (an open system), the college reaped a savings of many thousands of dollars. The system is far more robust …