I anticipate coding--particularly for the web--to be part and parcel of
librarianship as a whole - and if that's not already the case, then in a few
short years. I already expect many of my coworkers to be HTML/CSS literate
just as everyone has been expected to be familiar with an Office Suite. So,
I'm not sure distinguishing who is and isn't a coder in the field is (or
will) be all that straightforward. 

Michael |

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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] What is a "coder"?

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> A coder is someone who writes code, naturally. :)  "code" is something 
> intended to be interpreted or executed by a computer or a computer
> I think everyone agrees that anyone is welcome at code4lib.

I agree with this *now that I am here*, but I did not know that it would be
the case in advance.

When people ask me to self-identify as a coder I get totally
deer-in-headlights and tend to not raise my hand unless told to do so
point-blank.  "What is a coder" is a great question but for the purposes of
diversity outreach "who self-identifies as a coder" (or technologist) is
more relevant, and I think that's a question where you're going to find
systematic demographic differences in the skillset required before people
are willing to say "me".