Brief Bio Edit

I'm a librarian. I'll soon start a new job as a Metadata Management Librarian for a university.

Skills Edit

  • Online: I've started using the Internet only since 1997 - progressing from university-based online tools for my graduate study to almost doing all my work now online. I have been playing around with blogs, wikis, content/learning management systems as tools for improving library services.
  • Open Source: I've been trying to find ways to use Drupal, WordPress, Moodle and other open source tools for use within the library community.
  • Programming: I took some basic courses in programming (Visual Basic) and web "programming" tools (ASP, JavaScript, HTML, SQL) as part of my associate's degree in computer information systems. But I can't say I can actually code, I tweak mostly. I taught myself a bit of PHP and MySQL to be able to configure open source applications but I can't go any further than that. I've learned XML in my MLIS program.
  • Teaching: I've created a few online tutorials. I could probably teach a course in how to put together Drupal modules for specific uses.

What I Hope To Learn at FOSSCoach Edit

There is a library community that wants to put together a clearinghouse of cataloging/metadata resources to help educators in this field put together cataloging courses that are relevant in a networked environment. I want to learn not only how to sharpen my technical skills but also how to participate in or lead online communities better for projects like this.

What I Hope To Share at FOSSCoach Edit

I hope to be able to coach novices in the library community once I get my footing more firmly in my new job.