Previous projects: creating an intranet for the law firm I worked for, and figuring out a way to link graphic shelf location maps to records in the proprietary LMS I set up. BTW, having some knowledge of programming, albeit light, helped immensely in being able to customize and set up the LMS.
Current project: setting up a db using php and mysql for class statistics and evaluations currently only on paper. Yes, I could create the db in Access, but Access is only available on a few computers, and I wanted something which could be used on any of the computers here.
What I'd do if there were time: create more interactive computer class materials and resources similar to what we did with our Mousing class (www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/). Making the rest of our classes interactive (browser-based?) is going to be a lot more involved, of course, which it why it's currently on the wish list :-)
From: John Durno [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Fri 12/12/2003 8:40 PM
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] useful projects?
Now that we've mostly agreed that it's probably useful for at least
some librarians to know something about programming, I'm kind of
curious to know what others feel are some of the #1 all-time best uses
to which they have applied their programming chops. In other words, if
programming skills are useful in libraries, what are they useful for?
Now, I think I know the general answers to that question, and I'm
familiar with, say, the impressive list of tools and projects over at
oss4lib, but I'm more interested here in projects that are specific to
your library (or other organization). What programming-type projects
have you undertaken that really had some benefit in that context?
(Alternatively, what projects would you like to undertake if the time
and/or skills were available?)
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