Dan Messer is the Integrated Library System Administrator for the Maricopa County Library District, located in Phoenix, AZ, USA. He maintains a broad background in technology including operating systems, mobile operating systems, CMS and blogging platforms, integrated library systems, web development and design, and digital media production. Under extreme duress and the influence of intoxicating substances, he’ll develop web things in PHP. Beyond the web, he’s a staff and public instructor who teaches classes on library technology, eReaders and digital devices, and online services.
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Hello, my name is Dan and I’m from the Internet.
While some people log in, do their online stuff, and then log off, I pretty much stay online twenty-four hours a day. Sure, I sleep just like everyone else, the biggest difference is that I’m sleeping next to a tablet computer, smart phone, and occasionally a laptop computer — all of which are jacked into the Internet.
I earn my living online. For over 20 years I’ve worked in libraries, and I still work for a library. Now, instead of wandering the stacks as a circulation guy, I’m a public library ILS Administrator. I work with, manage, and support the computer systems that give the library its ability to put items in the hands of our patrons. My expertise revolves around Polaris ILS, which I’ve used for 18 years.
My specialties lie in open source software. I’m a slider, an operator who slides between operating systems, desktops, and frameworks and uses the best in each of them to create, solve problems, and build sites. I have a preference for Mac OS X, but I’m very proficient with Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android.
Outside of the cyberworld, I’m a historian specializing in the history of science. I’ve written a book called Hyperlinked History which is available on Amazon. It’s based off a podcast and a series of online videos I’ve made under the same title. I’m also the author of All My Rattling On, which is a collection of essays on libraries, tech, and science. Most recently, I wrote Digital Outback, which explores the philosophy and culture of cyberpunk.
I’m also a musician in both the acoustic and digital realms. I’m a pianist and keyboardist as well as a drummer and conguero. I compose the occasional tune and record the occasional album. I’m an artist, similarly working in traditional and digital mediums. I love graphite and acrylic and I love the digital aspects of making art. In the digital realm, I use Pixelmator and Photoshop with occasional work in Manga Studio. For music, I use both Audacity and Logic Pro X.
Basically, I’m your open source, uses-everything, cyberpunk librarian. A guy who does his best to make libraries awesome using open source and tech. After all, open source is accountable to, and partially owned by, a community, which makes it very similar to a library.
You can contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find me in various social networks: