Git Intro for Librarians

Git in libraries

Overview

Teaching: 10 min
Exercises: 50 min
Questions
  • What could Git be useful for?

Objectives
  • assess the role of git in a library context

How could Git and GitHub be used in libraries?

Drafts of library guides could be created and version controlled using Git. Text could be minimally marked up using Markdown to give librarians an idea of how the final version could look.

Reports such as annual reports could be drafted collaboratively and only marked up once the text has been finalised. There is no risk of valuable information being overwritten and people would always be working with the latest version.

Posters for conferences could be collaboratively produced and version controlled.

Advice on data management could be collaboratively drafted and only marked up once text has been finalised. Given the constantly changing nature of this advice, this material is a perfect candidate for version control. The collaborative nature of Git means that contributions could be many and various - even among libraries.

For storing and maintaining Learning Management System content e.g. Information Literacy modules. See GitHub for Academics: the open-source way to host, create and curate knowledge.

Blog software like JekyllNow could be deployed for event announcements.

Key Points