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Tuesday, July 21 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Artisanal Applications: In-house Software Development for Libraries

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Everyone, including librarians, dreams of the killer app that will work perfectly, intuitively, and do just what you want it to do, no more nor less.  Sadly, many third-party applications fail to meet the ideal, some more so than others.  How many times have you thought, "what if I build it myself?"  This presentation, aimed primarily at library IT directors and project managers, will attempt to cover the some of the answers to that question.

Among the points that will be addressed:

  • Making the build-versus-buy decision
  • Lifecycle of application development and maintenance
  • How do we involve stakeholders outside the IT departments?  How do they involve developers?
  • What has worked well, what could use improvement?

During the course of the presentation, we will draw on lessons learned and experience developing and maintaining Forward, the UW Madison General Library System public OPAC, developed in-house by the GLS's software development department.

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Bruce Barton

Director of Library Systems and Applications Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

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