I'm not in Chicago, and I didn't see this talk, so maybe I'm way off base,
but isn't a coder a programmer, or even a software engineer? Last time I
checked, programmer/software engineer is a clear, well-established and
well-respected occupation (and generally far better paid than most
Librarians, at least outside of the library world). Why can't library
"coders" claim the title of programmer/software engineer?

Truly curious,


On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM, Maccabee Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Andromeda's talk this afternoon really struck a chord, as I shared with her
> afterwards, because I have the same issue from the other side of the fence.
>  I'm among the 1/3 of the crowd today with a CS degree and and IT
> background (and no MLS).  I've worked in libraries for years, but when I
> have a point to make about how technology can benefit instruction or
> reference or collection development, I generally preface it with "I'm not a
> librarian, but...".  I shouldn't have to be defensive about that.
> Problem is, 'coder' doesn't imply a particular degree -- just the
> experience from doing the task, and as Andromeda said, she and most C4Lers
> definitely are coders.  But 'librarian' *does* imply MLS/MSLS/etc., and I
> respect that.
> What's a library word I can use in the same way as coder?
> Maccabee
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