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Open Source Web Applications for Libraries
By Karen A. Coombs and Amanda J. Hollister

About the Authors

Karen A. Coombs is a librarian and geek coder with an interest in mashups, web services, and library websites and interfaces. Currently she is the product manager for the OCLC Developer Network, a com- munity of developers collaborating in a "sandbox" environment in order to propose, discuss, and test OCLC web services. Prior to joining OCLC, Karen worked part time as a web applica- tion specialist for LISHost and as a library web technology consult- ant. She has an MLS and an MS in information management from Syracuse University. Karen has presented at many national and inter- national conferences and written articles for a variety of journals. With Jason Griffey, she is the co-author of the book Library Blogging. In 2009, Karen was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She blogs at

Amanda J. Hollister is librarian, photographer, and coder interested in web applications, open source software, and ebooks. She is cur- rently the web application specialist for LISHost. Prior to joining LISHost, Amanda served as the web services librarian at State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland, where she was responsible for the development and maintenance of the library website and vir- tual presence. Amanda frequently teaches and presents at Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries and recently co-taught a LITA preconference on open source content management systems at ALA. She has a PhD in biology from Binghamton University and a MSLIS from Syracuse University.

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