Andromeda Yelton is a self-employed librarian and software developer. Winner of the 2010 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, she was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader, class of 2011, and was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.She is a member of the Ada Initiative advisory board and the LITA board of directors. Learn more at her website.
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Library Technology Reports, April 2015 (51:3)
Learning even the rudiments of how to code can increase productivity and effectiveness for librarians and their organizations, and getting started is easier than you might think. The result of interviews with more than 50 librarians, this issue of Library Technology Reports describes and links to dozens of short programs, most with less than 100 lines of code, that are in place and solving problems in libraries today. For example, Becky Yoose eliminated several steps in automating a purchase process triggered by patron-driven acquisition, measurably saving catalogers' time. Yelton also addresses organizational issues such as gaining buy-in from administrators, collaborating with nontechnical staff, and overcoming institutional barriers. Coverage includes:
- Scripts that present data to help decision-makers
- Streamlining data import, export, and clean-up
- Three "deep dive" examples with line-by-line analysis, addressing patron alerts, ILS reporting, and a LibGuides organizer
- Survey respondents' recommendations on how to learn coding