Library Day in the Life, Day 5: Friday January 29th (sort of...)

Okay, it's not January 29th. It's two weeks later, which means that it's my server support guy's last day. On the 29th, he tweeted that he'd given his notice. I can blame my lack of a #libday6 post either on my depressive state from hearing this news or the fact that we headed up to the mountains for a weekend of skiing that evening, and in the evening was the only time I had to do posts that week. Or both.

Library Day in the Life, Day 4: Thursday January 28th

Busy and frustrating day, one of those where you look back and can't remember what happened, you just know that you had no more than five minutes of uninterrupted time. Seems like more and more days are turning into that kind of day. Closed more of those trouble tickets-down to 23, which is still too many-and since Christina (new programmer) now exists in Active Directory-yay!-I got her into the web server. It's such a relief to have someone else on board for web stuff.

Library Day in the Life, Day 3: Wednesday January 27th

Back in the office this morning a little late thanks to iPhone alarm fail. I suspect that the fail was caused by my youngest playing Tanks & Turrets on said iPhone last night while we were making dinner; we made him turn the volume all the way down. Ah, well, rolled in at 10, and given that my work day starts at 9:30, that's not too bad anyway. Had a REALLY hard time getting back into it, likely caused by crash after awesome training sessions Monday and Tuesday.

Library Day in the Life, Day 2: Tuesday January 25th

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.

Library Day in the Life, Day 1: Monday January 24th

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.

How Much Does it Cost to Make a Library's Web Site Accessible?

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.