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Discussion Welcome!

by Andromeda Yelton on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

New to the IG?  Welcome!

 

Wondering how you can get involved?  Right now you can:

New to the IG?  Welcome!

 

Wondering how you can get involved?  Right now you can:

  • Join this Connect group (make sure to get updates via email or RSS to stay connected!)
  • Post to the group. Looking for help on learning code, collaborators on your mad software plans, et cetera?
  • Learn git/github basics via our tutorial -- or contribute your own improvements!
  • Join our github repo and start projects there.
  • Email the chairs for more info.  (Carli Spina & Andromeda Yelton (LITA), Shana McDanold & Jen Young (ALCTS))

Our upcoming plans are:

  • Running an Intro to Python preconference at ALA Annual 2013
  • Identifying a metadata project and a web services project suitable for librarians to stretch their code muscles with.  If you have one you'd like to lead, go for it!

last updated 13 May 2013

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Online Doc Library Code Year IG: Tech Speed Dating at Annual 2014

by Chris Strauber on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 05:25 pm

The IG hosted a well-attended round-robin event. About forty attendees got a series of seven-minute introductions to the following topics:

The IG hosted a well-attended round-robin event. About forty attendees got a series of seven-minute introductions to the following topics:

  • MakerBot (Emily Thompson, Learning Technologies Librarian, SUNY-Oswego)
  • MongoDB (Emily Morton-Owens, Library Applications and System Manager, Seattle Public Library)
  • Wordpress and library websites (Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Drupal and Islandora (Cary Gordon, President, Cherry Hill Company)
  • Python scripting (Harrison Dekker, Head of Library Data Lab, UC Berkeley)
  • Hardware and libraries (Jeff Branson, Sparkfun Educational Outreach)

Jeff Branson then led a discussion of the opportunities for libraries in machines which can learn, machines which are taught by humans. He compared the technological moment to the development of the printing press. The group discussed digital literacy, specifically code literacy, and the obstacles to that provided by code being seen/treated as a possession of a few. The group also discussed approaches to broadening that access, with mention of tech meetups in major cities like Columbus (Girl Code It), Boston (Boston Python Group), and elsewhere...with an important suggestion that libraries can fill the void in places which aren't large or wealthy enough to attract tech meetups.

Google panorama view of Speed Dating event

 

--Chris Strauber, co-chair

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Event LibHack 2014

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 07:37 pm

LibHack 2014, sponsored by the LITA Library Code Year Interest Group, OCLC, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), features opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and advanced programmers to create something and improve their coding chops.

The hackathon features two separate tracks, one track for beginners that will hack on the OCLC WorldCat Search API and an intermediate/advanced track that will hack on the DPLA API. API specialists will be on hand to introduce both APIs and to assist participants throughout the day.

LibHack 2014, sponsored by the LITA Library Code Year Interest Group, OCLC, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), features opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and advanced programmers to create something and improve their coding chops.

The hackathon features two separate tracks, one track for beginners that will hack on the OCLC WorldCat Search API and an intermediate/advanced track that will hack on the DPLA API. API specialists will be on hand to introduce both APIs and to assist participants throughout the day.

The registration fee ($25) includes lunch, snacks, an unlimited stream of coffee, and a tshirt. More information, including registration, is available at http://www.libhack.org.

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Discussion Are you attending PLA 2014? Want to teach Python?

by Carli Spina on Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 06:15 pm

An introductory python class is being offered as a preconference in advance of the PLA 2014 conference on Tuesday, March 11th in Indianapolis. In connection with this event, I am looking for several people with intermediate or advanced Python knowledge who would be available to serve as teaching assistants. For anyone who attended the Python preconference in June at ALA, this event will be similar and would be a perfect next step for a participant in that workshop who is looking to get more involved.

An introductory python class is being offered as a preconference in advance of the PLA 2014 conference on Tuesday, March 11th in Indianapolis. In connection with this event, I am looking for several people with intermediate or advanced Python knowledge who would be available to serve as teaching assistants. For anyone who attended the Python preconference in June at ALA, this event will be similar and would be a perfect next step for a participant in that workshop who is looking to get more involved. You can read the full description of the preconference on the PLA conference website.

If you are interested, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at carli.spina@gmail.com for more information. 

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Discussion LITA 101

by Andromeda Yelton on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 01:16 pm

LITA will be having an open house on Friday so current and prospective members can meet, learn about LITA, et cetera: http://ala13.ala.org/node/10691

LITA will be having an open house on Friday so current and prospective members can meet, learn about LITA, et cetera: http://ala13.ala.org/node/10691

All IGs are encouraged to send a representative.  The cochairs will all be at the preconference; is there anyone else (maybe someone interested in being one of our next cochairs...?) who could represent us there?

LITA 101 will be Friday, 3-4pm, at McCormick Place Convention Center, rooms S401B-C.

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Event Introductory Python Workshop

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Attendees at this pre-conference workshop will learn the basics of the Python programming language with ample opportunities for hands-on, project-based practice. Attendees will learn the syntax and key features of Python while working through practice exercises and completing a short project in Python. Experienced teaching staff will be on hand to provide support and feedback throughout the workshop.

Attendees at this pre-conference workshop will learn the basics of the Python programming language with ample opportunities for hands-on, project-based practice. Attendees will learn the syntax and key features of Python while working through practice exercises and completing a short project in Python. Experienced teaching staff will be on hand to provide support and feedback throughout the workshop.

This workshop will be geared towards individuals with limited or no programming experience and will aim to create a supportive and enjoyable environment for those who want to learn a new programming language. Please note: Attendees will be asked to set up a Python development environment on the computer they plan to bring to the pre-conference in advance. The teaching staff will offer support throughout this process, including virtual office hours.

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Discussion Join Us At Annual in Chicago

by Carli Spina on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 08:08 pm

We hope that all of you will be able to join us this June at ALA Annual in Chicago. The Library Code Year group will be meeting from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 29th in the Hilton Chicago Marquette Room (http://ala13.ala.org/node/10902).

We hope that all of you will be able to join us this June at ALA Annual in Chicago. The Library Code Year group will be meeting from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 29th in the Hilton Chicago Marquette Room (http://ala13.ala.org/node/10902). At the meeting, we’ll be discussing several key topics, including:

 

  • Volunteers for a wide range of leadership roles, including co-chair and vice chair,

  • Suggestions for a new name for the interest group, and

  • Planning future group activities and events.

 

 

Can’t make it to Annual this year? Never fear! If you are interested in suggesting a new name for the interest group or taking on a leadership role, just let us know in the comments below, email a member of the current leadership group (you can email me at cspina AT law.harvard.edu), or contact us on Twitter (@carlispina, @thatandromeda, @slmcdanold, @jen_young). We will also be broadcasting the meeting via Google+ Hangout for those that want to participate remotely.

 

Have other thoughts/comments/suggestions? Leave a comment below!

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Discussion Next planning call

by Andromeda Yelton on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 07:22 pm

FYI, the next planning call will be 8:30 Eastern on April 2 via Google Hangout.  The cochairs will all be there, and everyone is welcome; we'll post the link here shortly before 8:30.  We'll mostly be discussing plans for the Python preconference.

Discussion TAs for Intro to Python workshop

by Andromeda Yelton on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 08:49 am

In addition to projects ( http://connect.ala.org/node/202855 ), we're also seeking TAs for the intro to Python workshop.

 

We'll be using the curriculum-in-a-box at https://openhatch.org/wiki/Boston_Python_Workshop_7 , edited lightly for our audience and time slot.  As a TA you would need to:

In addition to projects ( http://connect.ala.org/node/202855 ), we're also seeking TAs for the intro to Python workshop.

 

We'll be using the curriculum-in-a-box at https://openhatch.org/wiki/Boston_Python_Workshop_7 , edited lightly for our audience and time slot.  As a TA you would need to:

  • be familiar enough with Python to answer questions in a helpful, supportive fashion, to students who may vary widely in their programming background.  (You do NOT need to be a hardcore Python expert, but you do need to be comfortable with the concepts and syntax in that link.)
  • be willing to do some online office hours before Annual and/or drop-in help on Thursday in Chicago -- we need to push the installfest portion of that curriculum to before ALA for time reasons, so we need to provide help
  • potentially lead one of the projects (one hour long, already written for you, very straightforward to teach; not all TAs will need to lead a project)
  • possibly help in editing/reformatting the curriculum -- we're thinking of presenting it more like http://installfest.railsbridge.org/curriculum/, using our Github repo to collaborate.  I'd provide the template and the skeleton of what goes where; you'd be responsible for getting a chunk of the curriculum into the correct format, and using your judgment to replace examples with more libraryish ones if it seems helpful.

We're aiming for about 10 instructional staff altogether, which should give us a nice small student:teacher ratio even if we end up wildly oversubscribed (which we hope we will; tell your friends!)

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Discussion Survey: Library Staff and Code Year

by Carrie Preston on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Apologies for cross-posting.

I am conducting a survey on librarian experiences with Codecademy’s Code Year program. The survey is intended for library staff who completed at least one Code Year exercise in 2012. You do not need to have completed the entire Code Year program to participate. You must be 18 years old or older to participate.

Apologies for cross-posting.

I am conducting a survey on librarian experiences with Codecademy’s Code Year program. The survey is intended for library staff who completed at least one Code Year exercise in 2012. You do not need to have completed the entire Code Year program to participate. You must be 18 years old or older to participate.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. No identifying information will be collected and your participation in this survey is voluntary.

 To complete the survey, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1njVvhkHCtTRuYk7nvVFJIDv3pbwRlp4MmQPWD9k3r8Y/viewform

 If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact:

Carrie Preston

prestonc@ohio.edu

(740) 597-1973

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