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Code4lib and programmers

Lorcan

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.

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