So why am I doing this and how did I get here (well, in a non biological or deeply philosophical sense)?
I am a former librarian with a couple grad degrees who originally wanted to only work soley in the domain of paper. I didn’t want to sit behind a big fancy google boxes, not that google existed back when I was in undergrad. After taking some time off between undergrad and grad school to let my GPA simmer down, as well as feeling the repercussions of a mis-sent email (always check to see if you hit reply-all), I finally enrolled in graduate school. While in graduate school at the University of North Carolina, I noticed that I kept getting pulled further and further into the tech world. It started out, oddly enough, when I was working with my first love, paper. When I was describing a collection I was processing for archival use during my internship, I was instructed to build an online finding aid. This concept blew my mind because I had no idea how to do that. With the careful help of the professionals in the special collections library I worked at, I was given a quick and dirty introduction into XML through the EAD (an archival description tool). And from then on, it was tech all the way. I later found myself helping builld online courses for the business school, the graduating and moving on into a purely technical archivist position, then out into the private sector to work at a small startup that wanted to create a paper-less world (yeah, it failed badly), and then into a technical librarian position, and finally into teaching computer skills courses.
After taking a year off to become a stay at home dad to my son O, as well as working as part time instructor, I took on the project of creating a website for my local neighborhood association. One would think that the experience gained through all of these positions would have made this a quick and easy task…but this is the furthest from the truth. The skills I used on a daily basis, basic html, css, and other basic programming coding were gone and I soon found myself googling basic coding just to put a bloody picture up on the site. In the end, I finally gave up and downloaded a free copy of a web editor and having it do all the work while I grumbled and sulked.
So I went from someone who could have taught the basics of web programming to a person who had to rely on google to put a picture and a link on a webpage. Oddly enough, either through serendipity or just dumb luck, a former professor of mine posted a comment about Udacity. Udacity is a small online education system started by various IT and education professionals to help educate the masses on basic computer science skills. In addition to this, through the miracle that is google, I then found the Stanford system Coursera, which allows non Stanford students like myself to participate in Stanford online courses, without getting credit of course.
So now I am starting over, not quite at the beginning, but pretty darned close.