"Jason and Ruby are enjoying some Java while a Python wreaks havoc on the library!" If you’ve heard some of the “geek talk” from library developers, you might be wondering exactly what’s going on…and the answer would be “A LOT!” (Fortunately, though, there are no snakes involved!)
As demonstrated by the strong interest of librarians in the CodeYear project (http://codeyear.com/), more and more librarians are adding coding skills to their professional repertoires. Thanks to simpler approaches to coding, including Java, Ruby on Rails, and Python, barriers to entry for new programmers have been significantly reduced. It’s easier than ever before for library staff members with clever ideas or innovative solutions to put them into action, mashing up data and services from a variety of spaces to add new value for users.
Wondering how you might get started on the path to innovation…and what challenges you might face as you build a coding skill set? In this session, Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library, and Kathryn Harnish, Senior Product Manager for OCLC’s WorldShare Platform, will offer suggestions on how to jump into the programming world and where to find resources useful for learning and troubleshooting. Kim and Harnish will discuss how to apply these new skills in a library context and how to seize opportunities to better connect people with your organization’s resources and services. In particular, Kim will discuss her participation in and insights gained from the Library CodeYear project, while Harnish will posit some ways in which the library community can come together to provide more support for fledgling coders and greater innovation in libraries.