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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?
  • Email the chairs for more info. (Emily King, Junior Tidal, Heather Klish, and Dana Miller)

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Discussion Library-Related Python Projects for the Pre-Conference at Annual

by Carli Spina on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 09:41 pm

Hi all,

While prepping for the Python workshop that we will be offering as a pre-conference at ALA Annual this year, we have realized that it would be nice if we could offer participants a chance to select a library-related project to work on during the day and we thought we would throw this out to all of you.

Does anyone have a Python project that they could turn into a workshop project or is anyone interested in trying to create one?

Hi all,

While prepping for the Python workshop that we will be offering as a pre-conference at ALA Annual this year, we have realized that it would be nice if we could offer participants a chance to select a library-related project to work on during the day and we thought we would throw this out to all of you.

Does anyone have a Python project that they could turn into a workshop project or is anyone interested in trying to create one?

Projects should be something that can be completed in about an hour by someone who has only just started learning Python that day. Any project should also have complete and easy-to-understand instructions to go along with it. You can see examples of what the Boston Python Workshop uses for their projects here: https://openhatch.org/wiki/Boston_Python_Workshop_7/Saturday_projects

If you are interested in developing such a project, please comment below!

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Discussion Planning Call - March 5th at 8:30PM EST

by Carli Spina on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 08:56 pm

Hi all,

Andromeda, Jen, Shana and I will be having out next planning call on Tuesday, March 5th at 8:30 PM EST. We plan to use Google+ Hangouts for the call and someone will post a link for the call here once we have it.

Carli

Discussion Teaching with Codecademy

by Eric Phetteplace on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 03:16 pm

Hey Libcodeyear peeps,

Hey Libcodeyear peeps,

I thought it would be worth mentioning that I'm using Codecademy in a course I'm teaching this semester. The course is called "The Nature of Knowledge" (I know, awesome right?) and my co-instructor and I are specifically investigating what happens to knowledge when it becomes digital and networked. As such, the final project is editing Wikipedia articles. To introduce the concept of a markup language and its particular separation of form and content, our students are completing the very first "HTML Basics" lesson and optionally the "Build Your Own Website" project for extra credit.

One thing I've noticed is that, while many of us struggled with concepts or with keeping up with the Code Year weekly lessons, our problems were at a pretty high level relative to your average undergrad thrown into HTML/CSS. I don't know if it's the self-selection of people who are already interested in learning coding, but learning even the basics of OOP would blow my students minds. Almost all of them struggle with the idea that an anchor tag can include plain text or another tag. I'm grateful we didn't decide to use the JavaScript lessons because our students would almost certainly revolt.

Secondly, Codecademy, despite some poor directions on certain lessons, is a pretty great tool. Several students showed enthusiasm. Many thought learning the "secret language" of the web was cool. A few expressed interest in doing more lessons. I think, as a one-off lesson inside of a larger course, Codecademy is an excellent delivery platform.

So that's all. Has anyone else considered doing this? What about teaching a whole "Intro to HTML" course with it? I love the idea of stealing this great, interactive platform and supplementing it with the personal touch of instruction.

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Discussion We're on Github! Join in.

by Andromeda Yelton on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 05:31 pm

The interest group now has a Github organization: https://github.com/LibraryCodeYearIG/

 

If you have a Github username, share it here so you can be added.

 

We can use this for the projects we talked about at Midwinter once we select those, but in the meantime don't be shy -- if there's something you'd like to share & hack with your fellow librarians, this is your space.

Discussion conference call tonight, 8:30

by Andromeda Yelton on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 06:14 pm

Hi all.  Carli, Shana, Jen and I will be doing a conference call via Google hangout tonight at 8:30 Eastern.  Sorry for the extremely short notice -- it was hard for us to pin down a time we could all meet -- but we promised at Midwinter we'd tell you when we met in case you wanted to meet too.  We'll post the hangout link here around 8:30.

Discussion Meeting report, ALAMW13

by Andromeda Yelton on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi, IGers!  For those who couldn't attend our meeting at Midwinter, there's a meeting report here: http://connect.ala.org/node/199407

 

Hi, IGers!  For those who couldn't attend our meeting at Midwinter, there's a meeting report here: http://connect.ala.org/node/199407

 

tl;dr lots of ways for you to get involved, so have a look at the meeting report; the cochairs will be having regular calls to plan the preconference & we'll invite everyone and report out through this space; there's an IRC channel at #libcodeig on Freenode where you can come hang out and stay connected (super-easy IRC instructions: https://plus.google.com/105377961473848035143/posts/fgGpVovA4qT , substitude libcodeig for libtechwomen, or join both!)

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Event Library Code Year Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Meeting of the Library Code Year Interest Group

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Online Doc ALA Midwinter Meeting Plan

by Margaret Heller on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

Midwinter Scheduler Page

When: 

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Calendar Download to my calendarLocation: Renaissance Seattle HotelMunicipal Room

Agenda Items (please add or delete items as necessary)

  • Discuss your year in coding
  • Eric Phetteplace with Github activity

 

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Discussion Who wants to learn Git(hub)?

by Eric Phetteplace on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I want to write a blog post for the ACRL Tech Connect blog on Github but I'd like to have a working project to base it upon. I know there's been interest in the past on doing something with Github so I thought I'd start a discussion here.

I want to write a blog post for the ACRL Tech Connect blog on Github but I'd like to have a working project to base it upon. I know there's been interest in the past on doing something with Github so I thought I'd start a discussion here.

I have a vague outline in my head: set up a practice repository, produce some tutorials on getting started, add anyone who wants to play around to the repository, profit. I do not have a particular project in mind (something web-based involving HTML, CSS, & JavaScript?) or a firm understanding of how to manage a shared repository.

Thoughts? Objections? I was thinking of posting to the Code4lib listserv as well since there will certainly be interested parties lurking there, too.

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Poll Who will be at ALA Midwinter and interested in meeting?

by Margaret Heller on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 04:40 pm
Yes, I will be there and want to meet
40% (2 votes)
No, I won't be there but want to participate virtually
60% (3 votes)
Total votes: 5

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