Technology and Standards I Use
- AACR2 & MARC - the cataloger's bread & butter. I did advanced cataloging/concepts
in knowledge management in grad school. I have used MARC extensively as a reference librarian to help people
plumb the depths of library collections.
- DACS - the new archives metadata standards.
- FRBR - It is coming, hand in hand with RDA. FRBR is a model more than a standard,
but a powerful set of cognitive guidelines for organizing knowledge.
- DC - Dublin Core, base set - this is a flexible and powerful core set for metadata
use, easily adaptable to many knowledge bases.
Coding and Markup
While I wish I were an expert coder, I am not. Doing HTML and CSS markup
is not coding - it is markup. Coding involves language-like rules and
other logic overlays that are just not present in HTML/CSS. So, I don't claim to "code". I do, however, have a reasonable grasp of
the following markup languages:
- HTML4 I have a thorough working knowledge & enough moxy to hand code all my own websites.
- CSS2 concepts - really writing and implementing great CSS is a skill that
requires many hours of dedication.
I have dedicated my hours to other things - but I can sort out most existing CSS markup, and develop
enough of my own to make sites that have basic functionality.
Other Tech Skills
- Operating Systems OSX, Windows, Linux
- Secret Weapon:Keynote (from Apple) to wireframe and do simple UML modeling.
- Microsoft Office Suite Word, Excel, Access - I don't care much for Outlook/Entourage but do use it for some jobs, and Powerpoint is my runner-up to Keynote (if I'm working in an Apple environment, which is surprisingly often.)
- Adobe Photoshop I use Photoshop to manipulate images for websites and desktop publications. Gimp is just as good for what I do with it, and heck, it's open source.
- Databases! - I can build a basic database. Again, it is an art form. FileMaker holds no fear for me,
PostgreSQL is something I coped with in grad school, and with the right support/team of people would gladly do again!
Some of my favorite coursework was in Conceptual Database Design classes with Dave Hendry and
a team of fantastic classmates.
- Open Source Software I use opensource software for everything from
operating systems and monitoring utilities to MSOffice & Photoshop alternatives. The Open Source
community is more than a ust a huge group of coders, they are working in a collaborative model that makes me hopeful for the future. Now if we could just get past brogrammer culture, or whatever you want to call it.
- Command Line - I don't do "commandline-fu", but I am comfortable in the CL environment.
Such a great way to conquer time-intensive tasks
- Score Software- I come from a background that honors paper as a high resolution medium, especially when
it is used well, for example, well engraved music scores and parts. As a performer, I do not enjoy working from parts generated using
Sibelius, or Finale - they don't represent the powerful concepts that music notation conveys when written to suit the human eye. At least 99% of the time. There are transcription artists using them, but I have never had the pleasure of working off a well executed score from either Sibelius or Finale. I do use
Lilypond though, because it is an engraving replicator, not a "score generator". My Caveat about programs such as Sibelius/Finale
is that they allow players who don't have music writing and literacy skills to produce scores for readers. This, coupled with the natural patience and ingeniousness of many performers, has empowered a lot of people
to accomplish ambitious projects that they would have been unable to undertake except for this kind of software.