I'm not in Chicago, and I didn't see this talk, so maybe I'm way off base, but isn't a coder a programmer, or even a software engineer? Last time I checked, programmer/software engineer is a clear, well-established and well-respected occupation (and generally far better paid than most Librarians, at least outside of the library world). Why can't library "coders" claim the title of programmer/software engineer?
Truly curious, Shirley On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM, Maccabee Levine <levi...@uwosh.edu> wrote: > Andromeda's talk this afternoon really struck a chord, as I shared with her > afterwards, because I have the same issue from the other side of the fence. > I'm among the 1/3 of the crowd today with a CS degree and and IT > background (and no MLS). I've worked in libraries for years, but when I > have a point to make about how technology can benefit instruction or > reference or collection development, I generally preface it with "I'm not a > librarian, but...". I shouldn't have to be defensive about that. > > Problem is, 'coder' doesn't imply a particular degree -- just the > experience from doing the task, and as Andromeda said, she and most C4Lers > definitely are coders. But 'librarian' *does* imply MLS/MSLS/etc., and I > respect that. > > What's a library word I can use in the same way as coder? > > Maccabee > > -- > Maccabee Levine > Head of Library Technology Services > University of Wisconsin Oshkosh > levi...@uwosh.edu > 920-424-7332 >