This short book is a work in progress. A main, first draft should be completed by the end of April 2023.
I am writing this book as I teach a course on Systems Librarianship. The book and course's goals are to provide a technical introduction to the basics of systems librarianship using Linux.
The course and book goals include:
- how to use the Linux command line in order to become more efficient computer users and more comfortable with using computers in general;
- how to use cloud computing resources and create virtual machines;
- how to manage projects using Git and GitHub;
- how to create a LAMP server, websites, and create a bare bones OPAC;
- how to install and configure content management systems, and;
- how to install and configure an integrated library system.
The Systems Librarianship course is a brand new course (2023). I created the course to help future and current librarians become proficient in the kind of technology used to manage and provide electronic resources.
Since I use this book for my Systems Librarianship course, which I hope to teach each spring semester, this book will be a live document. Each semester that I teach this course, I will update the content in order to address changes in the technology and to edit for clarity when I discover some aspect of the book causes confusion or does not provide enough information.
A small part of this book will draw from my course on Linux Systems Administration, which I teach in the fall semesters.
This book is not a comprehensive introduction to systems librarianship. For example, this book does not cover software coding nor managerial duties, like issuing requests for proposals for software products, or budgeting. It is designed as an entry level course in the technical aspects of systems librarianship, and it is meant to go hand-in-hand with other courses taught in our program. That includes my course on electronic resource management but also other courses that my colleagues teach.
The book will start off as a series of transcripts, and over time, my hope is to build it out to a full fledged textbook on systems librarianship. I am using mdBook to build this work.