Open Source Software and Librarian Values

Jason Puckett… Because we share so many of the values of the OSS community, we should feel an obligation to promote open source in the library community.

Librarians espouse many of the same ideals that drive the free software community. They collaborate and communicate; they work hard to share the results of their work with one another. They understand freedom and feel that it’s an important value. That more librarians aren’t actively using and evangelizing free software is an indictment against [developers] for not letting [librarians] in on our secret. (Eyler, 2003, para. 22)