BLC Webinar: TIL: Creating Open Documentation Through Public Note-taking and Literate Programming

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Professional Development Alliance

What do you do when you're an early career librarian, in a new position, and learning a new software? You seek out the knowledge and expertise of other librarians who have done the work before. But what if the existing documentation is sparse, incorrect, or nonexistent?

In this presentation, I provide an autoethnography of learning Primo VE and its development environment, which includes the challenges I faced when consulting official documentation and my process for finding instructions and tutorials from other librarians. I also stress the importance of making personal and institutional knowledge public, and I provide methods of public note-taking to create open documentation, such as literate programming. By incorporating learning in public as a community practice, metadata librarians, systems librarians, and other library workers who work in technical services and related fields can create a shared corpus of invaluable knowledge for ourselves and future librarians.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will understand the importance of good documentation and making it public;
  • Attendees will learn several methods for public note-taking to generate open documentation.

About the Presenter:

Jay L. Colbert is the Metadata & Discovery Strategy Librarian at the University of New Hampshire and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Homosaurus, an international LGBTQ linked data vocabulary. He holds a MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jay's favorite opera is Billy Budd, and his favorite David Bowie album is Hunky Dory. He thinks his cat and bearded dragon like them, too.