Tech Employers Searching GitHub


This article from CNET is pretty cool (well cool to this open source advocate at least):

Forget LinkedIn: Companies turn to GitHub to find tech talent

Because engineers and designers can post their work for all to see, more and more companies are realizing they can see what people can actually do, not just say they can do.

If you don’t know, GitHub is one of many sites out there where open source code is shared and worked on. The article goes on:

[Zach] Holman also said that internally, GitHub is seeing more and more signs that outside companies are using the service as an initial indicator of whether a potential hire is good or not. “Whether or not somebody has contributed to open source is a good indicator of whether they’re a good engineer,” he said.

So, if you’re looking for a job in computer programming, maybe it’s time to stop developing behind closed doors and get out there in the open!

Read the entire article.

Treat joy and passion as your guide


I was reading an article by Tim O’Reilly and just had to share it with you all. One of the things I talk about when teaching open source is how the people involved in open source products love what they’re doing. It’s fun to them, not just work. O’Reilly’s article talks about that with a bit of history thrown in:

There is a prevailing mythology that new industries start when creative entrepreneurs with ideas for new businesses meet venture capitalists. The reality turns out to be different. New industries start with people having fun.

Most of the people who launched the personal computer industry three decades ago weren’t entrepreneurs; they were kids to whom the idea of owning their own computer was absurdly exciting. Programming was like a drug – no, better than a drug, or joining a rock band, and certainly better than any job they could imagine.

He ends the article by reminding us all that in order to succeed as an entrepenuer (and I’d say in order to succeed in your career in general) you need to “…treat joy and passion as your guide.” I couldn’t agree more!

Read the full article in Think Quarterly.

News from LISJobs

I love LISJobs – it’s a great site to keep an eye on to see what’s going on in the library market and today Rachel Singer Gordon has a big announcement – a New LISJobs site!!

For immediate release: October 24, 2008
Contact: Rachel Singer Gordon ( launches new website

Villa Park, IL — Visitors to will notice a new look and feel today as the newly-redesigned site launches. The redesign brings in line with current web standards and adds new content and features. Note that old links will be broken; please update your links and bookmarks.

Highlights of the redesign include:

  • Better integration of the forum and other interactive site features.
  • Job ads that, as always, are free to both job seekers and employers.
  • New content on education and career development, including information on MLIS scholarships as well as on funding conference attendance and other CE opportunities.
  • A more standards-compliant and accessible design.
  • A new logo designed by Wendy Koff, Librarian and Web Designer.
  • Updated links to outside resources; all links were checked manually in October 2008.
  • Improved organization — information for both job seekers and employers is now easier to find.
  • Opportunities for sponsorship — relevant organizations can easily reach an audience of librarians and info pros.

“I’m excited to launch the new and improved to better serve librarians, library workers, and info pros at all stages of their careers,” says webmaster Rachel Singer Gordon. “Stay tuned for more additions and improvements soon!”

Love the new logo? Grab yourself a t-shirt at the new Cafepress store. Find a job on Join the Flickr group, upload your photo, and you could see yourself featured on the site. (Don’t have a Flickr account? Email your photo and story to offers:

Come, explore, join in, and become part of the community.

Technorati Tags: , ,

Work for LibraryThing

This is a great way to find qualified candidates.

Find us a Maine—or anyway within an hour of Portland, ME—employee and we’ll give you $1,000 in books.

We did this once before. It’s how we found John, our Systems Adminitrator. (John found himself, so he got his own $1,000.)

Jobs. We have three potential jobs to fill.

  • Hacker. We’re looking for PHP hacker. JavaScript genius and library-data experience. We hope we get two of those.
  • Graphic designer/user-experience guru. Experience designing for data-rich sites like LibraryThing a must.
  • Brainy, overworked assistant. Smart, flexible, organized, relentless—willing to do both high-level (strategic analysis) and low-level (send-out-these-CueCats) work. The job is non-technical, but you need to be super-comfortable around computers.

Rules! You get a $1,000 gift certificate to Abebooks, Amazon, Booksense or the independent bookseller of your choice. (Longfellow Books? Books Etc.?) You can split it between them. You don’t need to buy books with it (but why do that?).

Learn more about this job hunt at LibraryThing.

Technorati Tags:

What’s your work week?

I’m big on flexible work schedules and have always made that clear to my employers. That said, my request for flexibility is nothing compared to what Tammy Erickson suggests in her article entitled Do We Need Weekends?

The idea of a defined work week makes great sense if you’re performing synchronous tasks – activities in which everyone has to be there all together to get the work done. Clearly in an industrial economy, the idea that everyone needs to be there pretty much at the same time is key. You can’t run an assembly line if the guy responsible for tightening the bolts has decided to skip Friday and come in all alone on Saturday.

But how much of our work today, really, is synchronous?

Less and less. Yes, there certainly are a number of customer-facing roles for which you clearly have to be available when the customers are there. But an increasing proportion of the economy is comprised of work that is individually paced. We may confer with colleagues to get input, but for more and more of us, a colleague’s decision to take the day off will have little direct affect on our immediate productivity.

There is of course one big synchronous activity in which most of us invest a fair amount of time – meetings. Secretly, I suspect many meetings are held largely because we are all in there – what else did we all drive in for? It feels silly just to peer at each other over our cubicles – probably we better get together. It seems like the right thing to do. But is a synchronous meeting really essential to the work at hand?

This last paragraph made my laugh! I work in a virtual office now and our meetings are impromptu and productive – nothing like those I’m used to when in an office setting where we sit around debating sometimes silly points!

Meetings aside, this is an interesting article about the changing nature of the traditional work week.

LinkedIn Group Search

Keeping my LinkedIn Profile up to date is very important to me. This is why it’s so annoying that I can’t seem to search for groups on LinkedIn that I belong to – what is taking them so long?? Today I found a Google Custom Search that lets you search LinkedIn Groups!

There are thousands of groups to join on LinkedIn. However, LinkedIn does not yet have a “group search” feature. I have noticed many of us LinkedIn members asking how to find and join groups. My goal was to provide us with a simple solution.

The search isn’t perfect – it shows the same title for every result, but it does find groups and that’s all I care about!! Check it out and find some of the groups you may belong to.

Technorati Tags:

What’s it like to work from home

Originally uploaded by nengard

Everyone asks me how I’m handling working at home. Well – when you have this face next to you on the couch and a laptop on your lap – how could you not love working from home? [update] For those who are wondering – Coda is at my feet – she’s not a cuddler like Beau, but she keeps nearby as well. [/update]

In reality, I’m finding it great! Everyone was right – I’m very much cut out for this. I work from 7am to noon with no problems. I stop for lunch and then come right back to working. The only interruptions are when the pups whine to be taken out – and how is that any different then colleagues coming up to your desk to chat?

I do miss the personal interactions, but if you take a look at my calendar you’ll see that I’ll have no shortage of those over the coming months as I travel and talk with people about open source.

So, as a summary of my first few weeks at LibLime – I’m loving it!!

Great First Job for Library Techies

Jenkins Law Library is looking for a Assistant Network Administrator / PC and Database Support Specialist.

This position is responsible for assisting the Network Administrator, troubleshooting computers (PC desktops and servers) when needed and assisting with Website support. The primary focus is to support all users so they can work optimally in a networked environment.

Learn more at

Welcome to LibLime

My new Macbook thanks me
Originally uploaded by nengard

This week I’m in Ohio to learn about my new job at LibLime. First on the agenda – learn how to use a Mac … yikes!

So far, I’m pretty impressed, I keep hitting the wrong buttons and can’t figure out where the home and end buttons are (do they even exist?), but I’m having fun learning.

I also got to meet some fellow colleagues and chat with them and learn more about my job. I can’t wait to jump in and start working. For now you can listen to my interview with Richard Wallis on Talking with Talis – but keep an eye out for me to start my actual work after this week of training.

You can also see my pictures from today and yesterday.

Technorati Tags: ,