I think I'm coming from the opposite end from most of the group. I have an MLS and got into cataloging. I was always looking for better ways to tidy up the catalog. I somehow got on Code4Lib or and joined up with another Code4Libber for a project. I was hooked; I even managed to get a one day live course on Perl and a couple of E-learning courses. This unusual sequence has all lead to a profound understanding of cataloging and indexing coupled with seat-of-the-pants programming/technical skills.
Suspect as my programming is, it beats trying to write perfect specs for real programmers and then trying to explain to them half-way through that I've figured out a dozen ways to tweak the original plan now that I've seen it in action. And besides coding is so much fun!
I couldn't have managed without the help of other code4libbers who have been gracious over the years in answering questions even when a few of them should have been really obvious. So I'll take this opportunity to thank those you who have been so generous with your knowledge and help.
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Miles Fidelman
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 10:36 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [CODE4LIB] coders who library? [was: Let me shadow you, librarians who code!]
This recent spate of message leads me to wonder: How many folks here who
"code for libraries" have a library science degree/background, vs. folks
who come from other backgrounds? What about folks who end up in
technology management/direction positions for libraries?
Personally: Computer scientist and systems engineer, did some early
Internet-in-public library deployments, got to write a book about it.
Not actively doing library related work at the moment.
Dot Porter wrote:
> I'm a medieval manuscripts curator who codes, in Philadelphia, and I'd be
> happy to talk to you as well.
> On Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM, David Mayo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> If you'd like to talk to someone who did a library degree, and currently
>> works as a web developer supporting an academic library, I'd be happy to
>> talk with you.
>> - Dave Mayo
>> Software Engineer @ Harvard > HUIT > LTS
>> On Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM, Steven Anderson <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> As with others, I'm not a librarian as I lack a library degree, but I do
>>> Digital Repository Development for the Boston Public Library
>>> https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/). Feel free to let me know you want
>>> to chat for your masters paper.
>>> Sincerely,Steven AndersonWeb Services - Digital Library Repository
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:51:07 +0000
>>>> From: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Let me shadow you, librarians who code!
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Hey Jennie,
>>>> I'm waaay south of MA but I'm pretty addicted to talking about coding
>>> a library job O_o. If you are still in want of guinea-pigs, I'd love to
>>> skype / hangout.
>>>> Michael Schofield
>>>> // [log in to unmask]
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
>>> Jennie Rose Halperin
>>>> Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 3:58 PM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Let me shadow you, librarians who code!
>>>> hey Code4Lib,
>>>> Do you work in a library and also like coding? Do you do coding as
>>> of your job?
>>>> I'm writing my masters paper for the University of North Carolina at
>>> Chapel Hill and I'd like to shadow and interview up to 10 librarians and
>>> archivists who also work with code in some way in the Boston area for the
>>> next two weeks.
>>>> I'd come by and chat for about 2 hours, and the whole thing will not
>>> take up too much of your time.
>>>> Not in Massachusetts? Want to skype? Let me know and that would be
>>>> I know that this list has a pretty big North American presence, but I
>>> will be in Berlin beginning July 14, and could potentially shadow anyone
>>> Germany as well.
>>>> Jennie Rose Halperin
>>>> [log in to unmask]
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In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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