Knowledge Management

Rest @ Your Library

bq.The contributions I’ve received have more than doubled the number of supported systems. Often the contributors are not particularly geeky. They’re just librarians who are thrilled to be able to produce the key that unlocks a useful bit integration on behalf of the patrons of their libraries. It never would have occurred to them that cross-site integration can be a simple thing, requiring neither the explicit cooperation of the endpoint systems nor a propellerhead in the middle to wrangle things into place. But once they see that the integration tool can be a plain old URL — something they know how to capture, alter, and reuse — they’re off and running. Although librarians are pleasantly surprised by all this, I’d rather it were the other way around. I think librarians, like all users of web-based information systems, should be unpleasantly surprised when they find that their systems haven’t been engineered in the common sense ways that make them friendly to ad hoc integration. I do see hopeful signs. – “Jon Udell(The Beauty of REST)”:

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.