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  • 1. Technology Librarians Languages, Applications, and Trends You Should Know Jason J. Battles Director, Office of Library Technology
  • 2. Background
    • About Me
      • Education
        • Liberal Arts Undergraduate
        • Master of Arts in History
        • Master of Library Service
      • Experience
        • SirsiDynix
        • NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope
        • Vanderbilt University
  • 3. Web Services at the UA Libraries
    • What do we do?
      • Public web site and intranet
      • Discovery application
      • Digital content management system
      • Build web-based databases and supporting systems
      • Mobile development (http://www.lib.ua.edu/m)
      • Unix/Linux expertise
      • Digital Humanities projects
      • Constantly learning new skills and revaluating technologies
  • 4. Technologies That Matter
    • Languages
      • Basic
        • HTML
        • XML (mobile
        • CSS (design)
      • Essential
        • JavaScript (jQuery)
        • PHP
      • Advanced
        • Python (trending language)
        • XSLT (design)
        • Java
  • 5. Technologies That Matter
    • Applications
      • Databases
        • MySQL (most common)
        • Oracle
      • Content Management Systems
        • Drupal
        • WordPress
        • Joomla
      • Social Media
        • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
      • Photoshop (design)
  • 6. How to Get Started
    • Development tools
      • Programmer editors
        • Notepad++ (Windows) – http://notepad-plus-plus.org
        • TextMate (Mac)
    • Learning new technologies
      • W3C Schools (http://www.w3schools.com)
      • Safari Books Online (http://www.lib.ua.edu/databases)
      • Set up you own development environment
  • 7. Development Environments
    • What are they?
      • Consist of Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Python/Perl
      • Can run on most PC, Mac, or Linux desktop
      • Allow you to install additional applications or do original programming in a self-contained environment
    • Examples
      • WAMP ( http://www.wampserver.com/en/ )
      • MAMP ( http://www.mamp.info )
      • LAMP ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAMP_(software_bundle) )
  • 8. How to Stay Current
    • Good Library Tech Lists
      • Web4lib
      • Code4lib
      • LITA-L
    • General Tech Sites
      • Engadget
      • TechCrunch
      • Gizmodo
      • All Things Digital
      • Pulse mobile app
  • 9. Library Tech Trends
    • Content Management Systems
      • Drupal, WordPress, LibGuides, etc.
    • Discovery Applications
      • EBSCO Discovery Service
      • Primo Central
      • Serials Solutions Summon
    • Mobile Services
      • Smartphones and tablets
      • Location based
  • 10. Library Tech Trends - Continued
    • Assessment
      • Web statistics (Google Analytics)
      • Usability studies
    • User Experience
      • Leverages assessment
      • Strives for a cohesive experience
  • 11. Library Technology Jobs
    • Technology librarians are in demand
      • Reference Librarian positions receive 80-100+ applications
      • Web Services Librarian only 10-15 applications
    • Good variety of positions to fit different interests
      • Web Services
      • User Experience
      • Systems
      • Metadata
  • 12. Tips for Job Seekers
    • Job options
      • Academic
      • Public
      • Special
      • Vendor
    • Look closely at the job description
      • Tenure track?
      • Temporary?
      • What is the norm for the organization or institution?
      • Understand duties and reporting lines
  • 13. Tips for Job Seekers
    • Build good relationships with colleagues
    • Show an eagerness to learn
    • Point to an example of your work (project, site, etc.)
    • Recognize the challenges with non-techie colleagues
  • 14. Questions and Contact Info
    • Jason J. Battles
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Twitter: jjbattles
      • http://www.slideshare.net/jjbattles/asist2011

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