Hi Rosalyn,
I agree that we should encourage women to step up and mentor other women 
at Code4Lib.  I also see the pairing of women mentors with women mentees 
as fitting into an overall mentorship program, and I would be interested 
in collaborating with you and others to help frame it out.

I don't think it needs to be very formal, but it would be important to 
give some structure to it so folks know what they are getting into, how 
to make sure everyone meets their goals, and measure the effectiveness 
of the program in terms of meeting code4lib goals (such as increasing 
diversity, getting more volunteer help, etc.).  We can start a wikipage 
to start to flesh this out, unless folks would like to use a different 

In addition to the RailsBridge workshop, I was thinking that Code4Lib 
community projects would be a great way to both learn and recruit future 
volunteers.  I was also trying to find the list of maintenance projects 
wiki page that someone (Jonathan?) was referring to as being top 
priorities for Code4Lib.  Is this it?



On 12/5/12 3:57 PM, Rosalyn Metz wrote:
> So rather than focusing on statistics and math, I'd like to steer the
> conversation in a different direction.  Let's say Ross is right and more
> women chose to take the survey based on the topic -- maybe that's a way to
> get women involved in Code4Lib.
> Karen had the idea of creating a women Code4Lib IRC channel, maybe that can
> be a place to start.  Or maybe we have a few women that are willing to step
> up and be a Code4Lib mentor to other women -- similar to what we do for the
> new member event at the conference.  I'd even be willing to step up and
> organize that if people like the idea.
> Thoughts?
> On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM, stuart yeates <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> On 06/12/12 09:05, Sara Amato wrote:
>>> I'd been staying out of this discussion, but the thought occurs to me
>>> that someone with access to the list of subscribers might run that against
>>> a list of traditional boy/girl names, and be able to make some guesses….
>> That idea runs into problems both with non-western names (there is more
>> than one kind of diversity) and those people whose experience of gender in
>> the workplace have led them to use non-gender-specific identifiers.
>> cheers
>> stuart
>> --
>> Stuart Yeates
>> Library Technology Services**library/<>

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