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Thank you University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Many thanks to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro LIS Alumni Association (and Lynda Kellam) for having me at their event today.  My slides for my speech are above and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

DEV DEV: init the hack

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Remember DEV DEV: summer of code where we took 50 teens and taught them HTML, CSS, Python, and Robotics in the summer of 2013?  The DEV DEV team is back and proud to announce the next program in the DEV DEV series, DEV DEV < init the hack />

What is DEV DEV < init the hack /> ???

WHEN: Friday November 8 @ 6pm till Sunday November 10 @ 6pm
WHERE: Chattanooga Work Space, 302 West 6th Street Chattanooga, TN 37402

DEV DEV (developing developers) collaborators Engage 3D, AIGA, and the Chattanooga Public Library are hosting a hackathon. Having benefitted through collaborations of our own, we want to provide a space in which Chattanoogan developers and designers can meet each other, learn about what others in the community are working on, and collaborate.

 We want a healthy mix of participants including designers, developers, innovators, writers and others of diverse experience levels so please don’t be intimidated. One important part of collaboration and developing a strong community is education, and hackathons are a great place to learn.

If you are interested in simply learning about what a hackathon is but don’t necessarily want to participate or just want to learn about the community, please come to the ceremonies.

 If you are interested in either of the session topics and want to enhance your skills, come as a session attendant. The morning session will be an introduction to JavaScript and the afternoon, a session on how designers and developers can work together better.

Have questions about DEV DEV: init the hack? Contact James McNutt

To register for DEV DEV: < init the hack/ > please visit: https://initthehack.eventbrite.com/

DEV DEV is a partnership between Engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Public Library.


Build a robot, set it free

We gave one of the robots we built during DEV DEV: summer of code at the Chattanooga Public Library and gave it a new job: drive around, say hello, and get our tweens and teens into technology.  So far, NUMBER SIX (as we’ve calling it) has been doing a great job.


In July 2013,  fifty teens gathered on the 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Downtown Library to learn all about HTML, CSS, Python, and robotics.  This is their story. 

For more information, please visit DEV DEV: <summer of code/>

DEV DEV: at the Chattanooga Public Library DAY ELEVEN



Click on the image above to see what happened during the ELEVENTH day of the DEV DEV: <summer of code/> camp at the Chattanooga Public Library


DEV DEV: at the Chattanooga Public Library DAY SEVEN


Click on the image above to see what happened during the SEVENTH day of the DEV DEV: <summer of code/> camp at the Chattanooga Public Library

#ALA2013: The bits I’m hearing again and again

Every ALA conference has its own set of words and phrases that you keep on hearing at every session or conversation that you have with colleagues.  While it would be easy to pass these off as the “buzzwords” of the moment, I find that these words and phrases often give me a glimpse into where libraries are heading over the next few years.  Without further ado, here’s what I’ve heard a lot over the past three days at ALA 2013:

The maker movement goes beyond 3D printing, learning how to code, and teaching our communities about the maker movement.  I’m seeing just how important it is for libraries to MAKE their own stuff.  This became apparent when I attended Transformations in Performing Arts Librarianship and learned about the New York Public Library Digital Collections website.

NYPL Digital Collections

The content in their digital collections is simply stunning, but what was even more impressive the tools that the library and NYPL Labs is building for the community to use to explore the collections.  Personally, I found the John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive

Put your stuff out there, share it with everyone else.  What I know and understand about APIs and data is very little, but I recognize how important these two things are as libraries began to digitize, build digital exhibitions, and share with a worldwide community.  The DPLA’s offering of a free bulk download of all its data and metadata is huge and a great place to start to realize just how important these things are to libraries.

Finally, check out OpenPics, a really great app that allows you to find images based on your current location.  This tool is a great example of something developed by someone outside the library world but still connects with the DPLA through use of their public API.

It’s all about the stuff that’s all around you.  That’s what makes your library collection really awesome.  DPLA wants your library to work with them.  They want to share what you have, what you’ve digitzed.  They want to work together with you.  They don’t want to take your stuff….they want to help point everyone else to it.