Ada Lovelace, meet Kathryn Greenhill

amy posted this March 24th, 2009 | filed under: general, innovation, inspire me!, Second Life | Tags: , | 2 comments »

it’s Ada Lovelace Day (go read about her, i’ll wait) and i (along with 1694 other folk) pledged to blog about a tech heroine. so i started doing some research. then more research. and though i did uncover a lot of awesome women who have done amazing things, none of themĀ  were just right.

and then it occurred to me that i was thinking too hard, that there was someone – a friend even! – who i think would’ve gotten along famously with Ada – Kathryn Greenhill*.

now to be honest i’ve never actually met Kathryn in the flesh (though i will next week at CiL – w00t!) but she is still, without a doubt, my tech heroine.

she tinkers with emerging technologies to see if they might fit in her library.
she wrestles with WPMU installations.
she invited students to build the Murdoch University space in second life with her.
she won a travel scholarship to tour the u.s. for 6 weeks looking at alternative discover layers and open source software.
she encourages me when i am frustrated with libraries and technology and reminds me that sometimes, it’s best to ask for forgiveness, instead of permission.

so, for Ada Lovelace Day, i would like to say a ginormous MERCI to Kathryn.

*yes i’ve aleady blogged about how awesome Kathryn is. she just really is that great.