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Why You Should Learn to Code

We’re all so lucky  that computers are so easy-to-use that even babies can use them. That’s the main reason that they are so ubiquitous, which is wonderful because they enhance our daily lives — librarian or not. However, as Slate puts it in their article about Code Year (I just signed up!):

…the fact that any moron can use a computer has lulled us into complacency about the digital revolution. You can see this in the debates over SOPA, the disastrous Internet piracy bill that has been embraced by politicians because many of them simply don’t understand its technical implications. Or, as Thomas Friedman points out, consider the absence of any substantive topic relating to technology from the Republican presidential debates.

Not only will learning to program broaden your technical skills and demystify what makes programs tick, you will learn how to solve problems in a new way. Like Farhad Manjoo, my limited coding knowledge has led me to break problems down into small, pragmatic and repeatable steps. You’ll find that learning a programming language is as beneficial as learning a spoken language.

You Need to Learn How to Program (via Smarterware)

New Skills for 2012

Here at WAL we usually speak of using “traditional” library and information science skills in new arenas. In today’s post, we’ll focus on skills that you might not have learned at library school — either because you had no room for tech-heavy electives or they simply weren’t offered.

While this may seem like the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions post, think of it as a post about generating new opportunities for yourself in the years to come. So in addition to signing up for that gym membership this January, give your brain a workout and familiarize yourself with these skills. Then stay tuned for more in-depth posts about many of these topics.

Please let us know in the comments about skills we may have missed.

(via w3.org, mashable.com, ixda.org, perceptualedge.com, upassoc.org)