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

Upcoming events:

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Discussion Welcome!

by Andromeda Yelton on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

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

Upcoming events:

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

Upcoming events:

  • Decoding Code Discussion - ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago (Details to come)
  • Learn Git and Bootstrap - ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco (Details to come)

Past projects:

  • Learn git/github basics via our tutorial -- or contribute your own improvements!
  • Join our github repo and start projects there.
    •  (Carli Spina & Andromeda Yelton (LITA), Shana McDanold & Jen Young (ALCTS))

last updated 19 September 2014

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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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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 (non-member) 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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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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