Upgrade

Lately I’ve been involved in explaining social media to people in county administration. Its been a very rewarding experience and I’ve learned a lot about my county, the people who run it and myself.

One realization about my self that I’ve come to is the need to upgrade my computer skills. I am no slouch when it comes to navigating a pc, far from it. I’m one of the first people called in my branch when someone is having difficulty with a computer. Most of the time I’m able to solve the problems I am presented. Luckily we have a very good library IT department who can fix anything I can’t

Where I need to upgrade is in the area of creation. I am not a programmer. Not sure I’ll ever be one, but right now I know very little about how programming is done. This is an area I need to strengthen. By not knowing more about how software is created I feel I’m at a disadvantage. As I progress through my career having a basic understanding of programming will become more important. I’d like to be able to create something useful for me and my colleagues one day. I don’t know what it would be but right now everything I use is created by someone else.

So, to go about this new initiative, I’ve looked into the local community college. It looks like a good place to start. I’ll also try to teach myself by using the library’s collection. Let’s see where this takes me.

2 thoughts on “Upgrade

  1. I don’t understand your need to understand how to create programs! 😉

    That shouldn’t stop us, as librarians, from using social media to the library’s advantage. Beyond creating the content for the posts and dialogs, what else should we be looking into?

    1. You’re right. We should be using social media to the library’s advantage. It’s a shame not to be using all available tools to connect, interact, and assist our communities.

      Part of my interest in learning these skills is purely out of personal curiosity. I’m curious about how things work and would like to learn more. Social media’s ease of use has been a real boon for people like me who are interested in creating online content but lack the technical skills to create from scratch.

      Another reason I’m interested is that I’ve seen what some librarians with mad programming skills have done and it’s inspiring. Check out the DC Public Library Labs and John Blyberg et. al’s SOPAC. The people who developed those neat things are librarians. If I could pull off something half (or even a quarter) as cool as that I’d be very happy.

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