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Re: Self Introduction

1. I'd love to, 2. thank you, 3. agreed, 4. will follow through right now --

Karen G. Schneider

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM, David Nalley <david nalley fedoraproject org> wrote:
Hi Karen,

Welcome to the group.
We are constantly in need of good wordsmiths, as well as people who
understand DocBook.
1. Please feel free to join us during our weekly meetings on Wednesday at
2pm Eastern on irc.freenode.net in #fedora-meeting.
2. In general you'll find us hanging out in #fedora-docs so feel free to
stop by anytime.

I find it very interesting that Equinox/Evergreen is adopting the
style guide, but 3. it's very illustrative of how open source is supposed
to work.

4. On a completely unrelated note - can you put us in contact with
someone at Equinox about packaging Evergreen for Fedora?

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 9:24 AM, Karen Schneider <kgs esilibrary com> wrote:
> A belated introduction from a lurker. (Andrew Ross, I was in Brisbane last
> fall on business. Lovely city!)
> Name: Karen Schneider
> Location: Florida/Georgia
> Profession: Community Librarian
> Company: Equinox Software Inc. ("The Evergreen Experts" -- we support
> Evergreen OSS library automation software)
> I have a variety of roles in the company and one emerging role is to help
> shape the direction of Evergreen documentation, including selecting and
> providing oversight for documentation writers on a grant project, helping to
> provide direction on schemas, style guides, etc., and whatever else comes
> up.  We are (very likely) adopting the Fedora styleguide, discussing a move
> from Dokuwiki to Docbook, integrating documentation into the development
> timeline, etc.
> What other projects or writing have you worked on in the past?
>  * I do not have a documentation background, though I have written two
> technical trade books and have an MFA in writing. I have published over 100
> articles, mostly industry-specific trade articles for library and technology
> magazines, though also a handful of literary essays. (Yes, I think that
> counts -- writing is writing, and after reviewing a series of documentation
> contributions this only confirms for me that some folks have it and others
> do not.)
> What level and type of computer skills do you have?
> * I am a generalist with typical business skills (perhaps better than
> average). I have been online since 1990. I am not scared of a command prompt
> but also don't seek one out if I don't have to. ;) Like most librarians I
> have a good feel for structured data and for metadata.
> What other skills do you have that might be applicable? User interface
> design, other so-called soft skills (people skills), programming, etc.
> * I am teaching myself Docbook (next up, XSLT).
> *I run a local writers' critique group (where I am informally known as their
> beloved "hard**s" ;) ) and have very good editorial/review/critique skills.
> If I can understand it, I can usually salvage it and can provide feedback at
> every level -- detailed/directive; suggestions; general advice; etc.
> * In my decades in the full-time workforce I have initiated, hired for, and
> provided oversight for a variety of projects (including usability, software
> development, etc.) and have been an administrator of various flavors at
> various times.
> What makes you an excellent match for the project?
> * I don't know that I am an "excellent match" at this point. I'm sitting
> back and listening/learning. If a role opens up, I'll speak up. I'm always
> happy to look at anything you want me to.
> | Karen G. Schneider
> | Community Librarian
> | Equinox Software Inc. "The Evergreen Experts"
> | Toll-free: 1.877.Open.ILS (1.877.673.6457) x712
> | kgs esilibrary com
> | Web: http://www.esilibrary.com
> --

| Karen G. Schneider
| Community Librarian
| Equinox Software Inc. "The Evergreen Experts"
| Toll-free: 1.877.Open.ILS (1.877.673.6457) x712
| E-Mail/AIM: kgs esilibrary com
| Web: http://www.esilibrary.com

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