Code4lib and programmers


A schedule has been posted for Code4lib 2006. I am pleased that several of my colleagues (Devon Smith, Jeff Young and Thom Hickey) are presenting.
This promises to be a different sort of library conference, one where participants talk about their experiences actually building systems and services.
There has been some discussion of late in various places about whether libraries would benefit from programming skills on staff (programmers, or maybe scripters). I find it strange that this is even a point of discussion: yes clearly they would, and we see examples of why all around us. Of course, a more difficult question arises when one has to allocate scarce resources across multiple demands and to make those choices with requirements changing around us.

More from
So-called soft skills are hard

So-called soft skills are hard

So-called soft skills are important across a range of library activities. Existing trends will further amplify this importance. Describing these skills as soft may be misleading, or even damaging. They should be recognized as learnable and teachable, and should be explicitly supported and rewarded.
Lorcan 12 min read
The technology career ladder

The technology career ladder

Library leaders should be drawn from across the organization. Any idea that technology leaders are overly specialised or too distant from general library work is outmoded and counter-productive.
Lorcan 7 min read

Lorcan Dempsey dot Net

The social, cultural and technological contexts of libraries, services and networks

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.