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Thursday, March 12 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Life-Changing Magic of RegEx

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RegEx are a powerful tool for matching patterns. Like a Wish spell, though, they will do exactly what you ask, so you need to be careful. But don't be afraid! Anyone can learn the life-changing magic of RegEx!

Kathryn Lybarger (University of Kentucky) will introduce participants to the basics of RegEx with a game of RegEx Bingo. Learn how RegEx work while vying for fabulous prizes! Well, prizes anyway.

Mike Monaco (The University of Akron) will then lead the participants through some exercises where we will compose some practical RegEx in a few rounds of RegEx Golf -- work alone or in small groups to compose regular expressions that match this and not that. Yes, there will be prizes.

RegEx are especially useful for metadata and cataloging work when you need to make systematic changes to data, but you don’t need to be a MARC wizard to find ways to use RegEx to level up your database clean-up or data and text processing skills. Participants are encouraged to bring searching or pattern matching problems for the group to brainstorm RegEx solutions, but the conveners will also bring devious problems for participants to work out so everyone can leave enchanted by RegEx.

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Kathryn Lybarger

Head, Cataloging and Metadata, University of Kentucky Libraries
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Mike Monaco

Coordinator, Cataloging Services, The University of Akron
I've been a cataloger at public and academic libraries for 18 years. Outside of library stuff my interests include philosophy, Dungeons & Dragons, lots of other nerdy stuff.

Designated Notetaker
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Vicki Blocker

Electronic Resources Librarian, Elon University

Thursday March 12, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Cumberland Holiday Inn Downtown, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902