AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / January/February 2018 / Volume 22, Number 3

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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42 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG S hould every librarian code? at debate has been going on for more than a decade, with no resolution in sight. It may be less controver- sial, though, to argue that librarians need to understand the foundational technologies that power the web. ese technologies are the basis for public-facing catalogs, digital col- lections, and online resources, and increasingly for integrated library How law librarians can use JavaScript, jQuery, and JSON to create surprisingly powerful customizations and applications, while solving real-world problems on their own. BY NICK SZYDLOWSKI TECHNOLOGY systems and other back-end systems as well. However, the web changes rapidly, and unless librarians update their skills and their understanding, they can quickly fall behind. Not even full-time developers can keep up with every new tool or approach that comes along, but by focusing on technologies that are powerful, estab- lished, and designed to integrate with existing systems, librarians can take advantage of their existing knowledge and expand their capabilities. CODING WITH THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE WEB

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