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Leslie Johnston code4lib 2013 Keynote

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Who Do You Want to be Today?
  Thoughts on Community



                    Leslie Johnston
                     code4lib ...

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Before I begin: a cautionary tale about 
doing things when you first think of 
doing them.

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I have been thinking a lot lately 
about communities and community 
building.

Why?

Because I recently shifted my job, 
w...

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  1. 1. Who Do You Want to be Today? Thoughts on Community Leslie Johnston code4lib 2013
  2. 2. Before I begin: a cautionary tale about  doing things when you first think of  doing them.
  3. 3. I have been thinking a lot lately  about communities and community  building. Why? Because I recently shifted my job,  which required a partial contextual  shift as to my place in a number of  communities.
  4. 4. But then, it’s not unusual  for me to be thinking about  where I fit in.
  5. 5. Geek/Nerd/Wonk?
  6. 6. Curator/Archivist?
  7. 7. Woman?
  8. 8. Leader?
  9. 9. I have many identities and  participate in quite a few  communities. And that’s as it should be.
  10. 10. But where does community  fit into what we  (we? which we?) do?
  11. 11. Everywhere.
  12. 12. Let’s talk about software  development.
  13. 13. Building software requires a  community of people who  care, whether they are  stakeholders, developers,  or users.
  14. 14. Releasing software requires a similar community of people who care.
  15. 15. Sustaining software requires a community of people who _really_ care ... enough to contribute time to identifying requirements, writing code, testing, documenting, and evangelizing.
  16. 16. And USING the software. I cannot even begin to stress how important this is.
  17. 17. So…how do you build a community? And sustain it?
  18. 18. Communication.
  19. 19. Inclusiveness.
  20. 20. Consideration.
  21. 21. On that note, everyone  should read this blog post  on conference tweeting: http://ryan.cordells.us/blog/2013/01 /26/mea‐culpa‐on‐conference‐ tweeting‐politeness‐and‐community‐ building/
  22. 22. And even more communication.
  23. 23. And a sense of ownership. I’ve seen projects fail because they’re shared with the world but no one really takes ownership.
  24. 24. Well, not always fail. But certainly not THRIVE.
  25. 25. And that’s what we’re looking for in our communities and in our projects. That they thrive.
  26. 26. So what defines a successful community or product?
  27. 27. Participation.
  28. 28. Enthusiasm.
  29. 29. A sense of pride. I’m part of that. I made that happen. That succeeded in part because of me.
  30. 30. Adoption.
  31. 31. And now we will discuss. Leslie Johnston Library of Congress lesliej@loc.gov

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