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Go Ahead: Call yourself a hacker

by | Sep 10, 2019 | 0 comments

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I am not a hacker. At least by its commonly understood definition. Hackers are my colleagues in technology-forward industries who identify challenges and use specialized computer skills to find solutions. We’ve all seen the movies!

That’s not me.

I’m a Collections librarian.

I juggle cost/ use spreadsheets, sit in budget meetings, and try to find new places to store our physical collection since the current space magically filled to capacity. It wasn’t until the 2017 Charleston Fast Pitch Competition where I was awarded the Audience prize of $2,500 that I decided to change the definition of hacker. That experience inspired my participation in the 2019 Pre-Conference session, Hacking for Good.

Hacking is about identifying a persistent challenge and finding a durable solution. Even better if it’s smart and sustainable in its function. Even better if it’s innovative. To overcome challenges in my work as a Collections librarian, I develop strategic partnerships, engage in collaborative initiatives with other departments on campus, and think as far outside the box as my budget will allow to offer something new to our users. I imagine. I push. I hack.

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