Introducing digital library types and setup
|Introducing digital library types and setup|
|Location: At Varia (Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam) and online|
|Date: 27th October, 2021|
|Time: 16:00-19:00 CEST|
There are a few tried-and-tested tools for digital librarianship, many of which depend in some way on the open-source ebook management software Calibre. In this workshop, we were joined by guest Luke Murphy, one of the people working on the Bibliotecha project, which is a framework for using Calibre to serve files over a local area network.
Some participants had brought some minimal equipment to try to install Bibliotecha. It is designed to be self-hosted and run on a computer within a local area network on a wifi hotspot that is created during the installation.
With Luke we discussed a few different options for hosting Calibre-based digital library systems, from homebrewed (self-hosted) servers to VPS (Virtual Private Server). There was the opportunity to see the type of hardware required for setting up a homebrewed server - a cheap singleboard microcomputer such as Raspberry Pi can easily run a local instance of Bibliotecha.
A basic set of equipment is:
- a cheap computer with a wifi interface (e.g. Raspberry Pi 3 or 4)
- a screen with cables to connect to the computer
- a keyboard
- a router
- an SD card (minimum 32GB)
- an ethernet cable
The software installation process is well documented here: https://manual.bibliotecha.info
We went through an installation of the software on different computers in our various locations, screensharing a terminal window to show what commands to write and when.