Computers in Libraries 2016 – Day One
Today was the first day of the Computers in Libraries 2016 conference. I went to several sessions today, but wanted to focus on a couple of my favorites from today.
The first one I wanted to talk about was called, “Linux Laptops in the Library: An Affordable, Flexible, Easy, and Secure PAC Solution”. This talk was done by Alex Lent from Millis Public Library. Basically as a cost saving measure they had purchased several $300 Toshiba Satellite laptops that they loaded with Linux Ubuntu, as opposed to using Microsoft Windows. I have often wanted to use Linux in this kind of fashion, but there are several hurdles to the open source solution. Such as locking them down, in Alex’s example they used the Guest Session to ensure any changes were wiped from the laptop. This is a cost savings measure compared to using Deep Freeze on Windows computers. But the issue with this method has always been being able to configure the Guest profile, but Alex had figured that out using terminal commands to copy another profile into Guest. It was an interesting talk, but I am not sure about using them as public computer replacements just yet, but I am hopeful to use Alex’s methods to setup them up as catalog computers.
I am looking forward to see what sessions tomorrow will bring. I have looked at the schedule, but haven’t settled yet on which sessions I want to attend. So far it has been a great conference and I look forward to more.