Introducing Code Words with Jason Clark

By Patrick Hogan |

ALA TechSource is happy to introduce a new series for the blog, Code Words, by Jason Clark.

The web is bursting with new software and new tech tools, but sorting through it all is time-consuming. Each month, Jason will share practical tips and snippets of code to give you a running start on projects. Occasionally, he’ll take a look at the bigger picture and point to an emerging tech or programming concept that people might want to know about.

Here are a few topics Jason is considering for Code Words.

  • Set up a geolocation feature on your website using HTML5.
  • Play with web services and APIs.
  • Get started with jQuery mobile and build a mobile site for your library.
  • Learn how to use Javascript to create a library services bookmarklet.
  • Single page apps and the rise of Javascript programming; what they mean for library app development.
  • Understanding database queries using MySQL.

Jason will explain how to get started with a project as well as why a particular tool or software is important.

Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Libraries, Jason builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies. He writes and presents on a broad range of topics including mobile design & development, web services and mashups, metadata and digitization, Javascript, interface design, and application development.

Look for Jason’s first post “Using the Google spreadsheets API to drive a new book list” coming soon! In the meantime, follow him on Twitter, @jaclark.