I come from a background in LIS and English (none of my degrees are in CS), but Iíve also been writing code since I was a kid, writing in BASIC for commodores and Apple IIes. I started writing modern web code in library school, but only dabbled in it until I moved into the Emerging Technologies Librarian job at the University of New Mexicoís HSLIC. Since then Iíve been building increasingly sophisticated apps in a number of languages. And to think that I, at one time, planned on becoming a successful novelist. Suffice it to say, none of my books ever really panned out for me.
Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA
Head of Library Computing and Information Systems
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University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
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On Jul 7, 2014, at 10:11 AM, Jacobs, Jane W <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> 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.
> Miles Fidelman
> 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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