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CODING FOR LIBRARIANS
PART 1:WHY CARE ABOUT CODING?
Bohyun Kim
Associate Director, Health Sciences & Human Services Librar...
WEWILL COVERTODAY:
A. Why care about coding?
B. Why is coding relevant to libraries?
C. What does ‘coding’, ‘scripting’, ‘...
SOME QUESTIONS FORYOU
• Q1. At what type of library & in what area of the library service do you
work?
• Q2.Why are you in...
A.WHY CARE ABOUT CODING?
• An increasing emphasis on coding in the K12 education
• People in many different professions - ...
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/45853/20160526/why-coding-taught-
second-language-primary-school-children-according-a...
https://code.org/
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-03-26-choosing-a-
summer-coding-camp
http://www.codecademy.com/
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-16440126
http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/08/barack-obama-becomes-the-first-president-to-write-code/
http://codeactually.com/
https://www.quora.com/Sho
uld-I-learn-how-to-code-if-I-
plan-on-being-a-full-time-
real-estate-investor?share=1
https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/95731
http://mith.umd.edu/
http://software-carpentry.org/
http://medhacks.org/
https://library.nd.edu/hackathon/
B.WHY IS CODING RELEVANTTO LIBRARIES?
• A better understanding of information systems & applications
• Improve communicati...
Knowing how
the access to e-
resources Is
controlled
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1568...
http://www.hshsl.umaryland.edu/resources/databases/index.cfm
http://survey.hshsl.umaryland.edu/?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?
direct=true&bquery=(introduction+AND+to+AND...
http://libguides.luc.edu/
https://www.docdel.umaryland.edu http://ares.hshsl.umaryland.edu/
http://search.library.utoronto.ca
http://search.library.utoronto.ca
http://search.library.ut
oronto.ca
https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/3d/
http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/myhuntlibrary/about
INFO DESK
SERVICES
STATISTICS
THROUGHOUT
THEWEEK
WHICH
SCHOOL
BORROWS
MOST
ARTICLES
THROUGH
OUR ILL
SERVICE?
E-BOOKS
USERS
WANT
BUTWE
DON’T
HAVE
DATABASES
THAT NEED
MORE USER
SEATS
C.WHAT DOES ‘CODING’, ‘SCRIPTING’,
‘PROGRAMMING’ EXACTLY MEAN?
• XML
• BOOTSTRAP
• PHP
• API
• R
• HTML5
• JAVASCRIPT
• PY...
MARKUP LANGUA
http://www.w3schools.com/css/tryit.asp?filename=trycss_list-style-type_ex
WHAT IS PROGRAMMING?
• Markup language vs. Programming language
• Is it knowing how to use a CMS (Wordpress, Drupal) or a ...
• JavaScript
• PHP
• PHP
• Python
• var a = ["do", "re", "mi", "fa"];
var len = a.length;
for (var i = 0; i < len; i++) {
...
PROGRAMMING ENABLES THE DYNAMIC
MANIPULATION/TRANSFORMATION OF THE INPUT.
CODE, SCRIPT, PROGRAM
• Usually the term, ‘coding,’ refers to the knowledge of a programming language, not a
markup langua...
D.WHATWOULD I USETHE CODING SKILL FOR?
Need to add an empty
column in the front for
the ID to import the
file into a db table.
Excel messes
things up.
A Python script
takes care of
this!
http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/47/6/1421.full
http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/47/6/1421.full
Help those
users...
https://login.proxy-
hs.researchport.umd.edu/
login?qurl=
The
library
proxy
automatic
ally
added!
http://stroke.ahajournals.org.proxy-
hs.researchport.umd.edu/content/47/6/1421.full
MORE INFO
• Playing with JavaScript and JQuery – the Ebook link HTML string generator
and the EZproxy bookmarklet generato...
WHATWOULD I USETHE CODING SKILL FOR?
“Building a Faculty Publications Database” presented at LITA Forum 2014
http://www.slideshare.net/bohyunkim/building-a-fac...
E.TIPS & RESOURCES
Photo from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/51035800575@N01/94995636/
TIPS
• Don’t be discouraged or frustrated.You are teaching yourself a language.
• Be persistent and realistic.
• Set small...
COMMON OBSTACLES
• Coding can be more tedious than exciting.
• Not enough attention to the syntax
• More time will be spen...
http://www.vikingcodeschool.com/posts/why-learning-to-code-is-so-damn-hard
http://www.vikingcodeschool.com/posts/why-learning-to-code-is-so-damn-hard
RESOURCES
• Many resources online – discussions, tutorials, books…
• W3SchoolsTutorials
• Tuts+
• MOOC
• Codecademy / Code...
For the AfternoonWorkshop,
follow the instructions
in the Set-up Section below:
https://github.com/bohyunkim/exam
ples/tre...
QUESTIONS?
IT’S JUST SOME CODE!
¯_(ツ)_/¯
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  1. 1. CODING FOR LIBRARIANS PART 1:WHY CARE ABOUT CODING? Bohyun Kim Associate Director, Health Sciences & Human Services Library University Of Maryland, Baltimore ReachingAcross Illinois Library System -Webinar Tue, May 31, 2016 10:00Am - 11:00 Am Cdt
  2. 2. WEWILL COVERTODAY: A. Why care about coding? B. Why is coding relevant to libraries? C. What does ‘coding’, ‘scripting’, ‘programming’ exactly mean? D. What would I use the coding skill for? E. Tips & Resources
  3. 3. SOME QUESTIONS FORYOU • Q1. At what type of library & in what area of the library service do you work? • Q2.Why are you interested in coding? • Q3. Do you have any experience with coding, and if so what is it? • Q4. Have you tried teaching yourself how to code before, and if so what where some of the difficulties?
  4. 4. A.WHY CARE ABOUT CODING? • An increasing emphasis on coding in the K12 education • People in many different professions - both academics and professionals - are using the coding skill for their work. • Code literacy? – Knowing how everyday software does what it does. • Education – One of the library’s important mission • More and more people are interested in learning how to code. • Wider adoption of programming in academia across many different disciplines
  5. 5. http://www.parentherald.com/articles/45853/20160526/why-coding-taught- second-language-primary-school-children-according-apple-ceo-tim-cook.htm
  6. 6. https://code.org/
  7. 7. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-03-26-choosing-a- summer-coding-camp
  8. 8. http://www.codecademy.com/
  9. 9. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-16440126
  10. 10. http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/08/barack-obama-becomes-the-first-president-to-write-code/
  11. 11. http://codeactually.com/
  12. 12. https://www.quora.com/Sho uld-I-learn-how-to-code-if-I- plan-on-being-a-full-time- real-estate-investor?share=1
  13. 13. https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/95731
  14. 14. http://mith.umd.edu/
  15. 15. http://software-carpentry.org/
  16. 16. http://medhacks.org/
  17. 17. https://library.nd.edu/hackathon/
  18. 18. B.WHY IS CODING RELEVANTTO LIBRARIES? • A better understanding of information systems & applications • Improve communication and collaboration with IT. • Participate in development projects as a partner rather than a client simply asking for a product • Being Able to do custom design / development for your library
  19. 19. Knowing how the access to e- resources Is controlled http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15685284-12341297
  20. 20. http://www.hshsl.umaryland.edu/resources/databases/index.cfm
  21. 21. http://survey.hshsl.umaryland.edu/?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx? direct=true&bquery=(introduction+AND+to+AND+biostatistics+AND+sokal)&cli 0=LB&clv0=LB+Hea*&type=0&site=eds-live
  22. 22. http://libguides.luc.edu/
  23. 23. https://www.docdel.umaryland.edu http://ares.hshsl.umaryland.edu/
  24. 24. http://search.library.utoronto.ca http://search.library.utoronto.ca
  25. 25. http://search.library.ut oronto.ca
  26. 26. https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/3d/
  27. 27. http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/myhuntlibrary/about
  28. 28. INFO DESK SERVICES STATISTICS THROUGHOUT THEWEEK
  29. 29. WHICH SCHOOL BORROWS MOST ARTICLES THROUGH OUR ILL SERVICE?
  30. 30. E-BOOKS USERS WANT BUTWE DON’T HAVE
  31. 31. DATABASES THAT NEED MORE USER SEATS
  32. 32. C.WHAT DOES ‘CODING’, ‘SCRIPTING’, ‘PROGRAMMING’ EXACTLY MEAN? • XML • BOOTSTRAP • PHP • API • R • HTML5 • JAVASCRIPT • PYTHON • Node • MashUp • RoR • CSS • .NET • Regex • XPATH • C++ • Drupal • VB • Django • XSLT • RDF • Ruby • SPARQL • CakePHP • MySQL • Apache
  33. 33. MARKUP LANGUA http://www.w3schools.com/css/tryit.asp?filename=trycss_list-style-type_ex
  34. 34. WHAT IS PROGRAMMING? • Markup language vs. Programming language • Is it knowing how to use a CMS (Wordpress, Drupal) or a certain computer software like Dreamweaver? • Is it knowing how to edit HTML, CSS, XML? (http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/prog.html ) • Programming is knowing and writing the logic for a computer to execute in a programming language that a computer understands.
  35. 35. • JavaScript • PHP • PHP • Python • var a = ["do", "re", "mi", "fa"]; var len = a.length; for (var i = 0; i < len; i++) { console.log(a[i]);} • $a = array("do", "re", "mi", "fa"); for ($i=0; $i<count($a); $i++){ echo $a[$i]."<br/>";} • $a = array("do", "re", "mi", "fa"); foreach ($a as $i=>$note){ echo $note."<br/>";} • a = ['do', 're', 'mi', 'fa'] for i in a: print i
  36. 36. PROGRAMMING ENABLES THE DYNAMIC MANIPULATION/TRANSFORMATION OF THE INPUT.
  37. 37. CODE, SCRIPT, PROGRAM • Usually the term, ‘coding,’ refers to the knowledge of a programming language, not a markup language. (Web designer vs programmer) • http://blogs.jbllanda.com/markup-language-versus-programming-language/ • Code and scripts are also generally much smaller than a full-blow program. • Here, I will use both terms – coding & programming – interchangeably. • See the difference between scripting vs. programming: • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scripting_language • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17253545/scripting-language-vs-programming- language
  38. 38. D.WHATWOULD I USETHE CODING SKILL FOR?
  39. 39. Need to add an empty column in the front for the ID to import the file into a db table.
  40. 40. Excel messes things up.
  41. 41. A Python script takes care of this!
  42. 42. http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/47/6/1421.full http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/47/6/1421.full Help those users who forget to log in through the library proxy and can’t get to the full-text!
  43. 43. https://login.proxy- hs.researchport.umd.edu/ login?qurl=
  44. 44. The library proxy automatic ally added! http://stroke.ahajournals.org.proxy- hs.researchport.umd.edu/content/47/6/1421.full
  45. 45. MORE INFO • Playing with JavaScript and JQuery – the Ebook link HTML string generator and the EZproxy bookmarklet generator http://www.bohyunkim.net/blog/archives/255
  46. 46. WHATWOULD I USETHE CODING SKILL FOR?
  47. 47. “Building a Faculty Publications Database” presented at LITA Forum 2014 http://www.slideshare.net/bohyunkim/building-a-faculty-publications-database
  48. 48. E.TIPS & RESOURCES Photo from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/51035800575@N01/94995636/
  49. 49. TIPS • Don’t be discouraged or frustrated.You are teaching yourself a language. • Be persistent and realistic. • Set small goals that solve real-life problems. • Form or join a study group & find like-minded folks! • Comment your code and document since you will forget what you have learned and made.
  50. 50. COMMON OBSTACLES • Coding can be more tedious than exciting. • Not enough attention to the syntax • More time will be spent on debugging than code writing! • A slow learning curve • Not enough time for intensive learning • Not always a clear connection with your library work • Life events
  51. 51. http://www.vikingcodeschool.com/posts/why-learning-to-code-is-so-damn-hard
  52. 52. http://www.vikingcodeschool.com/posts/why-learning-to-code-is-so-damn-hard
  53. 53. RESOURCES • Many resources online – discussions, tutorials, books… • W3SchoolsTutorials • Tuts+ • MOOC • Codecademy / CodeYear • Lynda.com;Treehouse; Code School • Pick One and ACTUALLY DOING IT • Code4Lib listserv/IRC/journal/conference (http://code4lib.org/) • LibTechWomen (http://libtechwomen.org/)
  54. 54. For the AfternoonWorkshop, follow the instructions in the Set-up Section below: https://github.com/bohyunkim/exam ples/tree/master/rails
  55. 55. QUESTIONS? IT’S JUST SOME CODE! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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