Ada Lovelace Day, during which I call out some folk for awesomeness

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. And library technology, whose place in STEM is not to be denied. Here are a few (and I should emphasize that this is a very incomplete list) of the women I have had the privilege […]

Henriette Avram versus the world: Is COBOL capable of processing MARC?

Is the COBOL programming language capable of processing MARC records? A computer programmer in 2015 could be excused for thinking to herself, what kind of question is that!?! Surely it’s obvious that any programming language capable of receiving input can parse a simple, antique record format? In 1968, it apparently wasn’t so obvious. I turned […]