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Andromeda Yelton's picture

Say hi!

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I thought it would be nice if we introduced ourselves.

 

I'm Andromeda.  Simmons MLS 2010, thought I'd work for an academic library doing electronic resources or something, found myself working at a startup doing ebooks and social media and web development and copy writing and pretty much whatever needs doing.

 

Before Gluejar I had a smattering of code here and there -- the semester of C++ I forgot from undergrad, some SQL and PHP from library school, some self-taught Python (via Google's Python intro, awesome).  At Gluejar I've done more Python and spent an awful lot of time pretending I know jQuery, which means I sometimes have to pretend I know JavaScript too.  So I thought it would be nice to actually know some JavaScript.  Also I am super-interested in librarians' tech skills and how we learn them, and in online communities, so Code Year seemed like a great way for me to learn more about those things.

 

I'm hoping this group will attract a mix of people with some code experience who are eager to help out, and people with minimal or no code experience who are eager to learn, and we can all hold hands together.

 

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Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi Nicole! I hope we can give you good hints too.  There's a lot of discussion on the do/while loop going on in another thread, in case you haven't seen that yet. :)

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Coral Sheldon-Hess (non-member)'s picture

Hi, everyone! 

I'm the Web Services Librarian at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I have my MLIS from Pitt, but I was an electrical engineer and CS minor, back in the day. Somewhere, deep down in my brain, I theoretically still know C++, MATLAB, and some Java, but it's been far too long.

Nowadays, aside from HTML and CSS, my job includes some coding in PHP and JavaScript and maintenance of some SQL databases. (Every once in a blue moon, there's some PHP/MySQL interaction, there, but it's pretty uncommon.) But I don't get to code all that often, and, like a couple of people said before, I don't code from the ground up; I just go find snippets that do more or less what I want and then mess with them. My intro to JavaScript and PHP was a little too brief for me to have remembered all of the nuts and bolts of it. I never internalized the Document Object Model enough to become a JavaScript ninja. 

I'm hoping Code Year fills in some of those gaps and maybe introduces me to a couple of languages I don't get to use in my normal work life. 

Anyway, it's nice to meet you all! I look forward to coding with you. :)

 

 

 

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Oh man, the DOM.  I have been needing to get uncomfortably familiar with the DOM in my current job.  If you have DOM questions I might be able to answer them...and then I'm going to go feel dirty if I know the answers.  (DOM bugs are weeeeeird.)

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Alesia McManus's picture

I'm one of those new to coding.  I'm a library director at a community college. MLS 1992(!) from UCLA.   I don't need to code for my job but I thought it can't hurt to understand it better.  Who knows, maybe I'll be able to help our e-resources librarian troubleshoot something!  Thanks for organizing a Connect group.  I finished the lessons for the first week last night.

Alesia McManus, RUSA Past President & Associate Librarian at UC Davis

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi and welcome!

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April Hathcock's picture

Hello all!

I'm an MLIS student just started this semester and decided to get into coding because of my brother really.  He's a computer programming major and really good at this stuff, but getting insanely frustrated with my attempts to understand what the hell he was talking about.  The plus is that now I'll also be able to use my new coding skills in my career, too, so that'll be cool.  

I'm an attorney by trade and am looking forward after my MLIS to working in an academic law library somewheres.

That's about it! Great to meet you all!  If you're on Twitter, let's connect there, too (@Aprilbrarian).

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi April!  My husband is a software engineer so I'm familiar with that sort of discussion :).  It's been totally fun, as I've improved my code skills, to be able to have more collaborative discussions with him, and to have the mutually confusing discussions around higher-level concepts. ;)

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Erica Findley's picture

Hi everyone,

My title is Digital Resources and Metadata Librarian at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. I manage our catalog and digital image collections. I want to have a grasp on basic programing/scripting so that I may be able to explore some of the open source products available for displaying our digital collections on the web. Usaully these require some customization out of the box and I have so far been a little timid to explore them without any prior programming experience. I am looking or opportunities to increase my skills with CSS as well.

 

Erica

Erica Findley, MLS

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi, Erica!  What an awesome goal & use of these skills :)

 

Are you familiar with CSS Zen Garden?  It's a fun way to see how different the same HTML page can look with different stylesheets, and they try to make their stylesheets easy to read to help people learn

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Thanks Andromeda for setting this group up. I have not heard of CSS Zen Garden, but I will check it out. Nice to know I will have help from friends here on the Code Year.

 

Erica

Erica Findley, MLS

Abigail Goben's picture

Hi! I'm a medical librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago.  I've been doing a lot of self education (with help from boyfriend who does IT Management to pay the bills) and thought CodeYear looked like a good opportunity to get a little more self education in.  Of course, he and I keep getting side tracked when I ask him a question mid-lesson on "Why isn't this x way" or "now when am I ever going to use this" It keeps him on his toes and hopefully means I learn a little more than what they are pushing at us. 

 

 

Annie Pho's picture

My name is Annie. I'm in my last semester of my MLS program at Indiana University - Indianapolis. I work part-time as a reference and instructional librarian at a community college. As someone that's coming into this exciting profession, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and try out the code year thing to teach myself some new skills. I have some html/css skills but that's about it. I'm always eager to learn more. You all seem pretty adept with this stuff so I may turn to you all for guidance. 

Thanks Andromeda for putting this group together! 

 

 

Andromeda Yelton's picture

You're welcome!  Thanks for joining.  It's nice to see you here :)

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Jared Harmon (non-member)'s picture

I've been needing something like this.

I'm Jared Harmon, also a last semester student at Indiana University Indianapolis.  Annie will think I'm stalking her, but I was reminded of this group by my newfeds Google group.  I work for the Indiana State Library full-time helping run an ILL consortium for Indiana libraries.  I also work on a substitute basis for the Indianapolis Public Library at the reference desk.  I hope to work for a government (I know I already do, but I mean a real librarian job) or academic library once I finish school.  

Anyway, I majored in Computer Information Systems in college, which essentially just means programming with a little bit of systems theory thrown in.  I've gotten very rusty though, so this will be perfect to refresh my memory.  I've been working on learning XML in my spare time since I'm interested in digital libraries.  I'll do my best to help out if anyone has difficulties and I actually remember enough to help out.  I'm most familiar with C++.  I know, old school.  I bought a book on C# to update myself, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.  I also learned HTML, CSS, a little bit of Java, Perl, SQL, and PHP.

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Welcome!  Glad you're here.  (And who doesn't want to party with Annie, right?)  I hope the group will be able to help you, and vice versa :).

 

(My college programming class was in C++ too.  Can't say I remember it though.)

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Bryan Campbell's picture

I'm Bryan Campbell. UW-Milwaukee MLIS 2011 (it still has that new degree smell). Since I am what the HR folks call a "trailing spouse," over the years I have lived here and there and have worked or volunteered for a number of small, medium, and large academic or special libraries. So far, I am up to 6 within the last 10 years.  

Having marveled at the complexity and size of Connexion client macros, about two months ago, I started out with the goals of trying to understand the code of existing Connexion macros and write some of my own. I know, reaching for the stars! But I wanted to start on something simple. Somebody recommended a good, accessible book on Python. My hope is to then port my understanding of basic concepts and vocabulary to tackle OML.

It's great that Code Year and Code Year Catalogers emerged when they did, because I will probably learn more if I succeed and struggle along with other friends, co-workers, and peers. Excellent timing! So now I am learning about Python and JavaScript concurrently. Already I have found the conversation and exchange on the CatCode wiki to be just what I was looking for.

As I become more proficient, I hope to expand my horizons beyond Connexion macros.  

Carli Spina's picture

My name is Carli.  I just finished my final class at Simmons GSLIS last semester and as I was finishing my degree I also took an intro to computer programming class where we learned C, JavaScript, PHP, SQL and some other related topics. I currently work at an academic law library. You can follow me on Twitter @CarliSpina

I had actually already worked through all of the Codecademy classes over the Christmas break, just to test it out. Most of it is information that I have learned before, but it is a good way to keep practicing and I am hoping that it will get more advanced as the year progresses.

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Oh, I was a Simmons student too!  Do they actually do a programming class in the department now, or work on raising awareness of options outside the department?  I sort of vaguely knew that was an option when I was there, but it wasn't really advertised.

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Carli Spina's picture

I think they offer the same classes that they always have. There is a Web Design and Information Architecture class and an XML class, both of which I took. And, there is a Database Management class that I wasn't able to take. I think those are the only three. The programming class I took was actually offered through the university where I work. It was a very intense class, but I feel like I learned quite a bit for a single semester.

Gregory Landgraf (staff)'s picture

I'm Greg Landgraf. I'm associate editor at American Libraries, which isn't inherently codey, except when I'm mucking about in the bowels of Drupal. (Or php.)

I've taken some programming classes over the years, but interested in more. Ultimately I want to be learning Objective-C for app creation; I've tried a couple self-guided classes for that but they have thus far been over my head. I realize this probably won't lead directly to that, but Javascript still can't be a bad thing to learn.

 

Bohyun Kim's picture

Hi all, my name is Bohyun Kim. I am Digital Access Librarian at an academic medical library. I know enough of coding (JS, PHP, SQL, MySQL, XML, XPATH etc.) to troubleshoot whenever a problem arises but I have been wanting to build a solid ground in basics, so that I don't need to run to reference books every time I gotta fix something. : )

Hopefully this will be a good opportunity for me and glad to be here with so many other colleagues! 

Cheers.
~Bohyun

 

 

Lauren Arnsman's picture

I'm an archivist at a community college. I'm glad I decided to do CodeYear because I've wanted to learn Javascript but we didn't have classes in it at my library school. 

I also wondered if someone could help me with exercise 8 from last week. I know I was talking to Kate about it but maybe there are others who had ideas?

Thanks!

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Glad you're here!   Kate and Nicole asked some questions about exercise 8 in other threads -- have a look at those and see if they answer your question.  If not, definitely ask more!  It'll be easiest for people to give you feedback if you post your code along with your question.

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Hannah Evans's picture

Hi everyone,

My name is Hannah and I recently got my MLIS from the University of Denver (March 2011). I currently work at the DU Law Library, which is going through a transition/reorganization of sorts. I'm doing some cataloging, access services stuff, and other things here and there, and I am pretty eager to gain a broad skillset so I can help out in a number of ways. I just have some HTML and web design experience, but nothing too exciting. I signed up for Code Academy last week and I'm happy to have found this group so I have some accountability out there to make me stick with it!

Glad to meet you all-

Hannah Evans
hannahelizabeth13@gmail.com 

Alvin Dantes's picture

I'm Alvin Dantes, the new technology librarian at SUNY Oneonta in lovely Oneonta, NY. I know SQL, HTML, CSS, and very basic level C#/C++. I joined Code Year because of Lifehacker.com and when Andromeda sent out the blast to LITA-L I decided to join this group. I'm always looking to expand my tech skills. While I do know some javascript, it'd be nice to get a better handle on it. I'm a little late to the party, but hopefully I can still make my way through the lessons. I graduated from the GSLIS at Dominican University in River Forest, IL this time last year, so I'm new to a whole lot of things. Hope to learn more from all of you as the code year rolls along.

Catherine Odson (non-member)'s picture

Hello! My name is Catherine Odson, and I'm the courseware support librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. I will most definitely fall irrevocably behind despite the weekly emails and lessons, and that's OK. I'm approaching JavaScript with the same attitude I held toward learning HTML -- my goal is to know enough where I can work on the *content* of our website without harming the structure. That said, I am really excited to take a shot at this, no matter how much my head spins.

Lillian Galloway (non-member)'s picture

I'm Lillian Szymanski; I got my MLS at the University of Maryland-College Park in May 2011.  Since then I have moved back to my home state of New Mexico.  The small towns where I have lived in the past months don't have a lot of library jobs, so I started a web design business (I'm my only employee).  I make the websites using the HTML, CSS, and SQL I learned in library school, and the WordPress I learned on my own.  I've also fiddled with JavaScript, but most of the time I just copy script from others and modify it.  I want to improve my javascript, and get better at PHP (which I kind of learned with the help of classmates in library school).  Basically, anything I can learn would make me better at what I'm doing and help me be more qualified for an information management type of job.  I'm really glad I heard about this program!  Staying on the UMD iSchool discussion listserv was worth it.  ;)

Lillian Galloway

 

Programming and Outreach Librarian

Silver City Public Library, Silver City, NM

University of Maryland MLS 2011

Andromeda Yelton's picture

You aren't, by any chance, related to a Gina Szymanski who lives near Boston, are you?

 

Anyway, I think it's totally awesome that you started your own gig :).  (Do you know Drupal, btw?  Drupal is a *great* excuse to improve your PHP skills since it's all written in PHP...)

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Lillian Galloway (non-member)'s picture

Haha, no, I don't think I am related. :) Szymanski is actually a pretty common Polish name, so there are a lot of us especially in the midwest and east.  

The trick with trying to do one's own business is marketing.  I'm still trying to learn how to market myself persistently without annoying people.  Repetition is necessary.  :-/

Drupal is another think I'd like to learn!  There's just so much; hopefully Code Year will help me pace myself and keep me from feeling overwhelmed.

Lillian Galloway

 

Programming and Outreach Librarian

Silver City Public Library, Silver City, NM

University of Maryland MLS 2011

Emilyn Linden's picture

Just started this yesterday, and I've finished lesson 1. I'm an adult services librarian at the Manhattan Public Library (not the Manhattan Branch, I'm in Kansas). I learned some web design in grad school, just some HTML and CSS, so I've decided to learn a bit more and thought this was a good way to get myself started.

Sam Searle (non-member)'s picture

Hi everyone - sorry to be a bit late to the party...

I'm the Data Management Coordinator at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I work a lot with programmers in our eResearch Centre and anything that helps bridge the gap between the library and the technical folk can only  be a good thing.

I think I last wrote a computer program in high school sometime in the mid to late 80s! Though I have some experience with HTML, and am becoming more familiar with XML/XSLT (at least in theory, if not in practice). I thought I would give Codeyear a go and see how far I get... My partner is a programmer so at least help is on hand!

Sam

 

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Australia!! Does this mean that the sun never sets on the Connect CodeYear group?  I am super-excited about this :).

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Rebecca Leue's picture

Hi I'm Rebecca.  I thought I'd be an archivist in a historical society or museum somewhere, but that didn't work out.  I'm on my second job since getting my MSIS and working at a subscriptions vendor.  I'm working a whole lot of random projects, most of which include business processes analysis, eresource data aggregation and publisher relations.

I sigend up for CodeYear but haven't started yet, I anticipate that I'll get going this weekend!  I'm pretty tech savvy so I'm hoping I won't be completely lost.  Great to know there are other librarians doing this too!

Jennifer Moore IL's picture

I'm Jen, UW-Madison MLIS 2010, and two months into my new position as Adult Services Librarian at the Warrenville Public Library District. My job doesn't really require code of me (officially - I am doing a lot of unofficial HTML/CSS support for our new website), but every couple of years I try to teach myself something useful. I've never really made it into the useful stage of coding (except for tweaking some javascript on my Geocities webpage back in the day) but hopefully with so much community to support me I'll be able to make it in there.

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi Jen!  Isn't usefulness great?  I hope we can help you with that :)  How're you finding Code Year so far?

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Wilhelmina Randtke (non-member)'s picture

I recently graduated library school from Florida State University's College of Information.  Previously, I worked as a lawyer for state government.  I've also done part-time digital projects on and off for an academic law library.

My background in coding is pragmatic.  I've done some Visual Basic Applications for manipulating strings, to try and index documents without a person needing to look at the document.  I'm comfortable (but slow) with php, and comfortable with relational databases.

From this group, I'm hoping to see applications of coding to library issues, and connect with other people who have the same coding needs as me so I can see how they apply coding to similar problems.

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi again!

 

You know, I was thinking at some point we'd need an Applications thread to discuss ways people have applied their coding skills in libraries, maybe share some code examples.  I was holding off on that for a bit so that the people for whom JavaScript is their first language can catch up, but I definitely think it's important to trace that connection from what we do in the lessons to what we can do at work.  Would you like to post some examples of what you've done and invite others to chime in with their library code work?

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I am the Systems & Web Services librarian at Southwestern University, in Georgetown Texas.  On the code front, my job mostly involves html, css, and xslt (Voyager ILS and our current site); but we're in the getting ready to launch a new website, so getting my brain around javascript & php are high on my to-do list this year.

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hiya Jesse!

 

Are you doing any jQuery? I have been doing a bunch of that lately with our web site, and I like it -- it's based on JavaScript, but stripped down to stuff that's really useful in web design, and it has a simpler syntax.

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Hey all,

I'm Emily Mitchell, the ed tech librarian at Ferris State University. I picked up computer science on a whim in undergrad, because I was jealous of the awed looks people gave computer scientists when they found out their major.   (Why does no one ever look at English majors that way?)  Amazingly, it turns out that I enjoy writing code. I ended up minoring in CS, thus earning myself completely perplexed looks from anyone who asked my major and minors.  Not quite the awe I was going for... but it probably led to more interesting conversations. 

I use PHP, MySQL, and HTML at work these days.  Theoretically I also know C++, Java, and Perl; I live in hope that they'll come back to me if I ever need them.  I'm psyched for Code Year because, well, this stuff is fun.  Plus I figure you can never know too many languages.

Anyway, it's good to meet everyone! 

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Best. Reason. Ever.

 

(I majored in math and classics, both of which majors also tend to make people look at you that way.  It's kinda fun, huh?)

 

Anyway, welcome!  I'm so happy this people is attracting people with a range of CS backgrounds.

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Laura Labedz's picture

Hi all!

I earned my MLIS from Pitt in 2010. I have a BA in Psychology from Grinnell College (a liberal arts college in Iowa) and am currently a Technical Information Analyst for the American Psychological Association (APA) in DC. I do indexing and abstracting for their PsycTests database. I do not do any coding whatsoever in my job.

I taught myself HTML in the late-90s (Tripod! Although I can't find my old webpage), I started a course on C++ at a community college one summer, but dropped it, learned some basic HTML and CSS in library school and took a web design class a year ago, where I relearned HTML and CSS. I'm not very good at coding and I'm even worse at designing websites!

Anyway, I'd like to really learn some programming language, but don't have the patience to teach myself, so I signed up for Code Year after hearing about it online (probably through Lifehacker).

A few days later, I got an email about this community through a listerv and joined up! I haven't done much with it yet, hopefully I will make some time for it in the next week.

Glad to meet everyone!

Andromeda Yelton's picture

Hi, Laura! Long time no see :)  I hope we can help you on the patience front. (Me, I'm just about to go out to some local libraries to pick up some books on web design...not a strength of mine either, but it turns out I kinda do it at my job.  Well, we hired a real designer, but I have to adapt his work to our site, so I should probably not screw that up...)

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Hi, Laura!

Keeley Murray (not verified)'s picture

I'm coming a bit late to this group but I saw an article about it on one of the ALA Direct emails and had to check it out! I have been wanting to learn more about coding and programming in order to be more competetive in the job market (and out of personal interest, too) but had no idea where to start.

I got my MLS from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Right now I'm a (part-time) reference librarian at a community college in North Carolina. I do work on our website but only through a content management system supervised by a department outside the library, so I don't get the chance to learn much. I took a web design class as part of my MLS so I know a little bit of HTML. I have really enjoyed everything I've learned so far so I'm looking forward to learning much more.

I finished the first week's lesson which was interesting if a little confusing. On to week 2!

Keeley

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Glad you could join us!

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I realized I had created a non-member account instead of just using my ALA account info to log in. Reposting what I had above just in case it gets deleted.

I'm coming a bit late to this group but I saw an article about it on one of the ALA Direct emails and had to check it out! I have been wanting to learn more about coding and programming in order to be more competitive in the job market (and out of personal interest, too) but had no idea where to start.

I got my MLS from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Right now I'm a (part-time) reference librarian at a community college in North Carolina. I do work on our website but only through a content management system supervised by a department outside the library, so I don't get the chance to learn much. I took a web design class as part of my MLS so I know a little bit of HTML. I have really enjoyed everything I've learned so far so I'm looking forward to learning much more.

I finished the first week's lesson which was interesting if a little confusing. On to week 2!

Keeley

Dan Bostrom (staff)'s picture

Hi Everyone,

I'm another ALA staffer. I work for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and I recently heard about the Code Year group at an ALA staff meeting (no kidding). I really don't do much coding at my position, but have always admired those who do it on a regular basis. I've learned little bits here and there, mainly from courses in my MLIS. I love the social approach of Code Year and this group; it's that kind of learning that really puts me at ease. 

Dan

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Glad to have you here!  I'm psyched that we're getting discussed at ALA meetings, and that there's ALSC representation in the group now.

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Zara Wilkinson's picture

Hello, all!

I'm Zara, and I graduated from Pitt's MLIS program in 2010. I have a BA and MA in English Literature. I have yet to find that elusive full-time position, but I'm currently a part-time reference librarian at Temple University and Rutgers University-Camden, as well as the weekend Access & Lending Supervisor at Swarthmore College.

I have zero coding experience. Which is to say that I put in my time on geocities in the '90s but mainly learned HTML and tiny snippets of CSS. I think I copy-and-pasted some javascript for such classy things as a starter page with an image fade-in and rollover navigation buttons. This website also had frames, so you can imagine how glad I am that it doesn't exist anymore!

I joined CodeYear because I have been itching to learn something new, and also because I like puzzles. 

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