Today was Day 2 of the Webchick Drupal 7 Tour. We started off looking at creating modules in Drupal 7, went over how to port custom modules from Drupal 6 to 7, and then spent a lot of the afternoon looking at the new-and-improved APIs. Admittedly, a lot of this was beyond my current ability, but I left resolved to drastically increase my PHP skills, and I still learned a ton.
Pleased to report that Day one of Library Day in the Life has a lot of significance to me. For almost two years, I have been lobbying for us to hire a full-time programmer. For the last year, I was extremely lucky to have an excellent student programmer, whose skill and accomplishments demonstrated just what could be done with a programmer on staff. Last fall, external review reports corroborated my desire to increase the number of library staff who have expertise in web development.
I was asked this morning by a colleague how much it costs-in all senses of the word-to make a web site that is NOT Section 508 or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliant...well, compliant. This is a really difficult question to answer because there are so many variables, including the type of library, the level of complexity of web site, the varying accessibility support of products used for web development, and the varying levels of staffing and skills of people in the library.
So my husband's cousin, who is considering getting a degree in library science, approached me on Facebook. He's working on an assignment that requires him to interview people about their impressions of copyright law. Here are my responses.
NOTE: I am by no means a copyright expert. If I got something wrong, please tell me in the comments. :)
Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you do?
Christine Bruce and Hilary Hughes, both of Queensland University of Technology, presented a workshop about informed learning for an assortment of faculty and librarians from the Auraria and Anschutz campuses.
What is Informed Learning?
what do you do if you are attacked? (link to...)
I wrote an article for the ACRL Newsletter March 2010 issue, and in it I show a pretty simple example of an HTML page that allows you to give away your code to teaching faculty so that they can embed library widgets--search widgets, chat widgets, etc.--into their own web environments.
Are we trying to make NextGen Catalogs into something that they don't really need to be? We constantly hear at conferences and in other professional venues that Amazon.com and Google are "the competition." Are they, really? With the exception of sales of donated materials, we're not trying to sell books. And libraries are not just books, but space, computer and internet access, services, etc. Right? Ironic that internet access--the very thing that was supposed to be our undoing--has become one of the top reasons for library use.
Ah, the academic interview: a grueling day-long marathon of showcasing yourself and your accomplishments to people you've likely never met before. I've had three academic interviews in the past five years, two of them successful, so I like to think I know what I'm talking about here. These Top Ten Tips are things that I've done or see others do that have made a positive impact. If you're prepared, the interview process can be an enjoyable, rather than nerve-racking, experience. Even if you're not offered the job, this is your chance to make a lasting impression on a group of your peers.