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Wednesday, March 18 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Basic Web Coding for Librarians: HTML, CSS, and Javascript for LibGuides and so Much More

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So much about our users’ experience of our libraries is mediated by the web. Having a little bit of experience with simple web coding can give you far more control over that user experience, and it can simplify your own workflows dramatically. Want to make a callout box in a block of text on a Libguide? Wish you could nudge that picture on a web page over to the left by a millimeter or two? Want to have a toggle button in a webform like LibAnalytics that makes other fields appear or disappear? All this and more can be accomplished with a little bit of basic web coding knowledge. In this session you’ll see some simple customizations that one librarian made with no formal training in web coding, and you’ll get to practice with actual code to make the web magic happen. We’ll also spend some time in live SpringShare products as an example of using the “custom CSS/JS” options that are available in many web applications. And of course, we’ll discuss strategies for taking this basic knowledge and building on it as needed using free online tools. You’ll leave with some basic tools (including a reminder template), skills, and strategies for your next web coding adventure. No prior experience necessary! Bring a laptop if possible -- there will be a limited number of shareable devices available for hands on coding -- but you’ll be able to follow along without a laptop if necessary.

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Iris Jastram

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Carleton College

Wednesday March 18, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
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