Jennie Rose Halperin is a Project Manager and Researcher for the Community Building Team at the Mozilla Corporation2. Her work focuses on digital communities and communities of practice on the Open Web. A Community Superstar1, Wikipedian, and Webmaker2, her work explores open source, open access, and open standards in cultural spaces. At Mozilla, she engages with diverse international communities to grow their impact through sustained contribution, recognition, and meaningful projects.

Prior to Mozilla, she worked in academic libraries, archives, and museums, curation, and digital scholarship in the United States and Germany. She graduated from Barnard College and received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin.

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I was also a GNOME FOSS OPW intern at Mozilla! Please reach out to me about it if you're interested!

If you have questions for Jennie, please ask them here. Thanks!

Thanks for pointing out that article, Edward. The lead paragraph from Marshall's article is:

The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continue as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.

I found his assertion that Open Source was more popular in the developing world to be interesting and telling.

I think we can all sometimes be pretty North America-centric, but it's important to recognize that open source also provides the best alternative for many developing library systems around the world.

That's a good point. I've talked with the EIFL-FOSS group before as one group that is doing exactly that. "EIFL works in collaboration with libraries in over 60 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America" (source) and they have a pattern of putting on workshops where a group of institutions will come together to all learn the same FOSS package at the same time. It becomes a self-reinforcing group of colleagues that are all interested in the same thing and are at similar levels of understanding. A lot of sharing of information among each other as they bootstrap their collective knowledge. Great group!

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