So as we blogged at Unglue.it a month back, I have quit my job at Unglue.it so that I can teach libraries to code.
I’m still figuring out what that means, and if you have opinions, I want to hear them! (Seriously. I have a big list of people to set up Google hangouts with, and after Labor Day when everyone’s schedules have stabilized I’m going to start in on that.) I mean, on the high level, it means optimism and empowerment and building things and collaborating, a world of librarian partners-in-crime improving services and workflows through hacker epistemology and crafting ideas into things. But that’s gotta translate into action 🙂 For starters, I’ll be teaching an online Python course through Library Juice Academy (please sign up!) and doubtless I’ll be doing a lot more teaching things, too.
But it starts with conversations. Conversations and listening and connections. You know where to find me.
In related news, I’m enjoying & feeling honored about & rapidly learning from my new role as a LITA Board member. (Are you a constituent, current or prospective? I have a info page and contact form just for you!) I’m liaising to the Education committee, so if you’re interested in doing a web course or similar for LITA, please talk to me and I’ll make sure you get a great committee member to help you through the process. Or if you already have an idea for a course you’d like to teach, you can skip right ahead to proposing it.
I’m also doing some independent software contracting. Right now my software bandwidth is pretty well taken up by my friend’s awesome startup (about which more later), but I expect to be taking on other projects later. My skills are chiefly Django front-end development (Python, CSS, jQuery, etc.), but my real specialty is doing things I don’t know how to do, so if you happen to need some software contracting like that (but not immediately), let’s talk. If you have ideas for how I can deploy Django and CSS and lightweight scripting and the like to make your library’s life easier or better, I’d love to hear those too!