NS4LIB #4: Should Librarians Learn to Code?
Happy weekend, folks. It feels like it’s been forever. In this episode we’re a little bit of everywhere. When is the right time to drop support of a browser? How do you sell a simpler, usable website instead of a glittering Flash page to your library’s web team? What does a mobile-first stylesheet look like? And lastly I do my under-the-weather best to hit on a recurring question asked of the Hack Library School crowd and of those at In the Library with the Lead Pipe - should librarians learn to code?
Yes! [Not a spoiler …]
NS4LIB #3: Mobility Trumps Mobile
In today’s episode, we mull over new data from the HTTP Archive and rehash what we already knew—courtesy of Pew—about tablet ownership. I review UX Design for Libraries, take on In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and then briefly turn the discussion from mobile/desktop design to design for mobility. Good stuff, amirite?!
Stream it here or subscribe to “Not Safe for Libraries” in iTunes.
Only 1+ years after aquiring www.NS4LIB.com I finally began designing it. This is a mobile-first wordpress theme I’m designing on top of the Bones boilerplate which is turning out to be really pleasant to use. That is how you document your code! So far, I can’t recommend it more. Oh, and totally ignore the pages in the footer menu, it’s just leftover on my localhost :).
#ns4lib 2: Kill the Carousel
Are front-end librarians so eager to drop support for legacy browsers? Maybe this isn’t the argument to have. Boston University Libraries gets a new jacket but its missing the lapels. QR Codes still kind of suck, PEW disagrees - but we’re not really talking about that.
Show Notes: Kill the Carousel
My CodePen CSS3 :target Navbar
UX for Search Development
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#ns4lib Episode 1: the Pilot
Thanks for checking out the first, kind-of-a-test-run episode for my new podcast about front-end librarianship called Not Safe for Libraries (#ns4lib). As I feel my way through the show, solicit feedback, and figure out what the hell I’m doing, we’ll keep these initial episodes short-ish.
Consider playing a drinking game while I stutter my way nervously through “um’s”. : )
All I ever want to do at work is talk about web design for libraries. This shit is cool. We serve a really unique user-base by writing and maintaining web apps that seamlessly talk to our clunky ILS on the back-end . “Web services librarians”—or whatever, I like to call us “Front-End Librarians”—are beginning to supplant circulation and reference as our libraries’ first-impression - one that we want shared, liked, and tweeted. That gets accomplished by designing killer websites.
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