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

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