A colleague and I started a Coding Interest Group at our library for librarians and staff to work together to learn how to do coding/tech-related things. We realized that many of us (probably like most librarians) didn't have a CS or coding background but that we certainly could use more knowledge and ability in the area. The group includes people with lots of different interests and coding experience levels, so we haven't been going for really hard-core coding activities (yet), but I've personally learned a lot doing little projects and activities together.
If you're interested in learning more about what we did, just let me know off list and I can send you the short article we wrote for Public Services Quarterly about our activities.
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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Craig Boman
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 8:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Librarians and computer science
I similarly feel between two worlds as a librarian/coder, sans computer science degree, but optimistic nonetheless. I started as an entry level ILS support staff and found myself drawn to lots of coding projects. For me it was incredibly helpful that I was previously working with/mentored by a coder with a CS degree and tons of library experience. Currently Discovery Services librarian at Miami University Libraries of Ohio, working in python, php, postgres, related APIs, and a long term interest in machine learning.
BA in Music, MLIS, and nearing course completion for a Ph.D. in higher education leadership, while learning lots of CS skills along the way.
Have you looked in Meetup or the like, to see if there are any libtech events in your area, if not starting one?
On Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM, Benjamin Armintor <[log in to unmask]>
> I have to admit this email makes me a little sad! NYPL has had so many
> insights and innovations in library software, and I'd hate to think
> that one of its employees would feel alienated from the organization
> by their interest in pursuing it (tho there are a recent spate of departures).
> Have you reached out to Ashley Blewer, Ben Vershbow, Shawn Averkamp,
> Josh Hadro, Shana Kimball, David Riordan or Matt Miller? They're all
> recent or current employees of NYPL with excellent reputations among
> our peers in library technology and substantial professional networks
> among the NYC-based library and cultural heritage technology sector. I
> know NYPL is a sprawling organization and that might itself obscure
> its own efforts from its own employees, but there are definitely things going on.
> There's also local professional communities around and within METRO (
> metro.org), Rhizome (rhizome.org), the School for Poetic Computation (
> sfpc.io) NYCDH (nycdh.org) and of course Code4LibNYC (
> www.meetup.com/code4libnyc). Somewhat more sporadically, there's an
> event at NYU or Columbia, both of whose libraries employ a significant
> number of software developers in different capacities.
> Obviously this list is a great place to reach out to the national
> community, but there's really a ton going on in the five boroughs.
> - Ben
> On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 6:57 PM, Michael Rios <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hello I hope you are all well!!
> > My name is Michael I am a public librarian with the New York public
> > library.
> > I have been taking cs classes on and off for the last five years. I
> > enjoy them but feel slightly split between two worlds.
> > Are there many of us (librarians) who code?? If so please let me
> > know if you mind having your brain picked.
> > Many thanks!!
> > Sincerely,
> > Mike