Hi! This is me:
(photo by the super-awesome Molly Tomlinson)
I’ve been a math major and a middle school Latin teacher. Now I’m a librarian and technologist, and the thing that keeps me up at night and makes me smile is empowering librarians through code. In particular:
- I teach librarians to code. I’ve taught Python through the American Library Association in the United States and the Mozilla Foundation in Canada. Looking for a workshop on introductory programming or related topics for your library? Let’s chat.
- I’m an independent web developer, primarily working in Django. Most of my coding time is taken up these days contracting for CustomFit (if you’re a knitter who wants an amazing sweater that fits you perfectly, check it out). But if you’ve got another coding project that you think will intrigue me, drop me a line.
- I’m a Director-at-Large for LITA, the Library Information Technology Association, for 2013-2016. Feel free to contact me about LITA.
- I speak and write about coding and learning to code, gender in library technology, conference codes of conduct, ebooks, copyright, technology, and personal branding. You can see details, often including slides or video, on my resume. Want me to speak at your event or write for your publication? Contact me.
Sometimes I do projects with code. The common theme is connecting people and information in new ways. I try to document them and share the code so you can build on them, too.
I’m interested in people, technology, information, and how they intersect in strange new alchemies.
About the blog
My blog title, Across Divided Networks, is from Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability:
Narrowly circumscribed groups develop coded languages that optimize communication between insiders at the expense of transparency for outsiders. And when these groups interact, they often talk past one another without doing the hard work necessary to translate, understand, and cooperate. This insularity can be disheartening, and yet it presents a great opportunity for boundary spanners who are willing to serve as a bridge by linking ideas and people across divided networks.(link).
I aim to be a boundary spanner.