Interesting. Our catalog consortium just bought Aquabrowser. Is there
some sort of NDA that you know of that would limit the discussion to
private forums? I hadn't heard of such a thing, but then maybe no one
thought to tell me. 

David Cloutman <[log in to unmask]>
Electronic Services Librarian
Marin County Free Library 

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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Gabriel Farrell
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:02 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] AquaBrowser Libraries Group

While the "Interesting difference..." bit may be read as snarky, I
appreciated Jeffrey's post for pointing out that most discussions about
AquaBrowser can't take place on this list due to its lack of membership

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 10:45:24AM -0400, Edward M. Corrado wrote:
> I don't see this as an interesting difference at all. Almost all
> [larger] vendor-supplied products in the library world have their
> own discussion lists that are limited to people that use/license
> their products. We even see this with Open Source products such as
> Koha. Although I do not use AquaBrowser, unlike almost all other
> library specific-software of this magnitude I understand that
> AquaBrowser does not have a user group (formal or informal). There
> currently is very few ways (no way?) for users of this product to
> converse with each other and share ideas.
> There are numerous reasons for wanting to share information on a
> closed list that can range from not wanting to spam a larger
> community with a "how do activate a widget in product A" to asking
> questions/sharing information that for whatever reason you don't
> want to or can't share with the whole world (e.g. non-disclosure
> agreements, public relations concerns, privacy concerns, not wanting
> your name in open archives attached to something, etc.).  In fact,
> in some cases you may not even want the vendor on the list the way
> some Voyager systems administrators created a list that excluded
> Endeavor (and now Ex Libris) and non-systems people at Voyager
> sites. This made people feel much more comfortable asking questions
> that maybe they would otherwise be embarrassed or reluctant to ask.
> I applaud Kathryn for taking the initiative to organize the
> AquaBrowser community by creating the AquaBrowser Libraries Group.
> From what I understand from people that use the product this is
> something that is overdue for the community.
> What the library technology world needs is more people like Kathryn
> that try to build community to help each other with whatever
> software product they are using. Sure, in a perfect world maybe
> everything would be completely Open but that is not reality. People
> that take initiative should be praised. They should not be met with
> snarky comments.
> Edward
> -----Original Message-----
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> Barnett, Jeffrey
> Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:05 AM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] AquaBrowser Libraries Group
> Good point Ed, but I think by the phrase "Licensed sites only" the
> intent of the AquaBrowser discussion _is_ to exclude open source.
> Interesting difference...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>] On Behalf Of
> Ed Summers
> Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:19 PM
> To: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] AquaBrowser Libraries Group
> You should also feel free to discuss AquaBrowser on here too ... the
> code4lib discussion isn't limited to opensource software.
> //Ed
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> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 4:32 PM, Kathryn Frederick
> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> > Please excuse cross-posting.
> >
> > I've set up an AquaBrowser Google Group to share tips and post
> > questions. If your library uses AquaBrowser, please consider
> > This group is restricted, email me at [log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]> and I'll
> > send you an invite.
> >
> > Licensed sites only, please.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Kathryn
> >

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