Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Programming Skills Required - Apply @ Your Library

Just read this thoughtful blog post about how Programming skills could transform librarians' roles.  The gist is that, with the increasing amount of data being made available on the web, the library of the future will be greatly enhanced by being able to blend that data with our data to increase the relevance of our offerings.

I couldn't agree more, but read it yourself and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.


Ellen said...

Thanks for highlighting this idea.

It may not be so much about librarians having programming skills (although that is an option), but that libraries employ more programmers. Some of the work coming out the National Library, such as Trove highlights the importance of in-house programmers in libraries.

The other side of this idea is more libraries making their data available in ways which programmers can access and mashup in various creative ways.

Anonymous said...

Keep on posting such stories. I love to read stories like that. Just add more pics :)

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. I'm a Snr Library Assistant who works in systems. I'm coming to the end of my Dip in LIS and am considering doing a Software Engineering Masters (I have an IT qualification too) instead of an MLIS . I think programmers will become important for Libraries in the digital age, esp with Institutional Repositories and digitisation projects.