2018 ALA Annual Conference

LITA ALA Annual Precon: Python for Beginners

Python is a great “gateway” programming language especially suited to library work and perfect for this beginners coding preconference.

Python for Beginners: A Gentle and Fun Introduction
Friday, June 22, 2018, Noon – 4:00 pm
Presenters: Mark Eaton, Reader Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), and Robin Camille Davis, Emerging Technologies & Online Learning Librarian and Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

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This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the Python programming language through a fun project you can show off. No coding experience required. With a provided starter kit of library data and sample code, you’ll learn to use regular expressions and some basic Python. By the end of the workshop, you’ll build your own customized Twitter bot that will send tweets out into the world!

Mark Eaton is responsible for social media at the Kingsborough Library, and works broadly on technology projects that support his colleagues and students. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Toronto and Queen’s University, and writes and blogs about library data projects.

Robin Camille Davis leads web projects in the Lloyd Sealy Library and supports information literacy instruction in online classes. Her research interests include textual analysis through machine learning. She earned her MA in Computational Linguistics from CUNY Graduate Center and her MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she was a Data Curation for the Humanities fellow.

Mark Eaton head shot     Robin Camille Davis head shot

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For questions or comments related to preconferences, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org.