Librarians and Open Source: We Need Code, Too!

Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B202/203


Getting people started is easy. Sustaining people through is not. Let's talk about the ways the Open Source community can help people beyond the beginning steps, in the context of public library programming and staff development.


Getting someone started on the path to code is easy – tutorials and small projects abound to spark interest.

Afterward, however, there’s not quite as much available to sustain that interest and provide guidance from library as the public and staff branch out into the questions of “How do I use code to solve the problems that are unique to my life?” and “How do I bring a project to fruition from the idea?” For that, we’re going to need more than self-contained tutorials. We need code, we need people, and we need a community. Let’s have a discussion about how the Open Source community, through partnership with their public libraries, can reach a lot of potentially interested people and help them go from tutorials to problem-solving.


community building, community partnerships, public libraries, teaching code, beyond the basics.

Speaking experience

Feb 2016: Storytime Extravaganza: Early Literacy Asides - You Already Have What It Takes - (Slides -
OSB 2015: The Library As An (Almost) Open-Source Institution - ( Presentation - Slides -


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