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Library Technology Reports, April 2015 (51:3)

Learning even the rudiments of how to code can increase productivity and effectiveness for librarians and their organizations, and getting started is easier than you might think. The result of interviews with more than 50 librarians, this issue of Library Technology Reports describes and links to dozens of short programs, most with less than 100 lines of code, that are in place and solving problems in libraries today. For example, Becky Yoose eliminated several steps in automating a purchase process triggered by patron-driven acquisition, measurably saving catalogers' time. Yelton also addresses organizational issues such as gaining buy-in from administrators, collaborating with nontechnical staff, and overcoming institutional barriers. Coverage includes:

  • Scripts that present data to help decision-makers
  • Streamlining data import, export, and clean-up
  • Improving user experience with Javascript or jQery
  • Three "deep dive" examples with line-by-line analysis, addressing patron alerts, ILS reporting, and a LibGuides organizer
  • Survey respondents' recommendations on how to learn coding

Andromeda Yelton

Andromeda Yelton is a self-employed librarian and software developer. Winner of the 2010 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, she was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader, class of 2011, and was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.She is a member of the Ada Initiative advisory board and the LITA board of directors. Learn more at her website.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication here.