Charles Townes: Laser Legend Portraits of Great American Scientists
Incorporating original research, personal interviews, and youthful optimism, we worked to inspire other young scientists to pursue their dreams. My chapter profiles Charles Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the laser.
Institutional Guidelines Creation Consenus-building and Strategic Planning
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Room Reservations Portal jQuery and OpenCMS Development
I spent two years doing routine updates and department-level custom development for the Illinois University Library's administrative units. Working in OpenCMS, I worked with page-owners to collect functionoal requirments and meet design needs.
Among custom work, the single page Room Reservations portal used scratch jQuery and CSS to solve an information design problem that had existed at the library for nearly a decade. My solution was retained for five years by the library until migration to a new CMS.
Book Cover Metadata Enhancement Python and Web APIs
I've been fascinated with the potential for using linked-data sources to dynamically enhance local collections. While there are many solutions out there for this, I decided to write a small object-oriented proof-of-concept in Python.
My solution is simple but effective. It takes an ISBN, validates it, and asks OCLC for basic metadata and grabs some linked data from LC. Then, it asks Librarything and Open Library for cover images, displaying the best match and doing a fair amount of error-checking.
Object-oriented-programming, Python, XML, Web APIs, Librarything, Open Library, xISBN, LOC Linked Data Services, Information Design