ATHENS, OH--January 10, 2008--LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that Nicole C. Engard has joined LibLime's full time staff and will be serving as 'Open Source Evangelist' for the rapidly growing company.
Nicole graduated from Juniata College with a BA in Literary Studies & Computer Programming and has an MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science) from Drexel University. Most recently, she comes from Princeton Theological Seminary where she assisted in implementing a new digital library solution as Metadata Librarian. Prior to that, she developed a content management system for Jenkins Law Library which they are using for their Intranet -- a project which earned her a spot amongst Library Journal's 2007 Movers and Shakers.
Nicole is not only a librarian with experience developing technology solutions for libraries, but she's also a writer, teacher and speaker in the library field. She's been published in Computers in Libraries, ONLINE Magazine and the Journal for Hospital Librarianship and has offered many workshops for area organizations such as the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA), Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), Information Today Inc., National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS), Princeton Public Library, Local Special Libraries Association (SLA) chapters and LaSalle University. In addition to her workshops, Nicole has been a featured speaker at such conferences as Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian, KMWorld & Intranets and the Exlibris Mid-Atlantic Users Group. She is author of the blog "What I Learned Today" .
"Nicole's passion for open source is inspiring," says Joshua Ferraro, CEO of LibLime. "We're excited to have Nicole fill this critical role of Open Source Evangelist, increasing awareness and facilitating education about open source in both the physical and virtual library communities."
"I honestly believe the future of libraries is in open source," says Nicole. "Libraries are at a pivotal point - things are changing rapidly around them - among them the traditional software and service models. Open Source software and the companies that support these packages allow libraries a freedom that they haven't had in years. It is this freedom that excites me and I want to share that excitement with as many librarians as possible. I love that LibLime fills a major need in libraries. Many libraries cannot afford to have their own IT staff and so they write off Open Source as a viable option - LibLime makes it viable!"
LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see http://liblime.com.