Nicolas Morin — résumé
I co-founded a company, BibLibre, which provided IT services to libraries using Open Source software.
In 2013 I also worked on several projects for enhanced books for tablets.
The backbone of my work life has been that I can go back and forth between “tech people” and other stakeholders, understand their requirements and translate the ideas of those groups to each other.
In the past 15 years, I’ve also managed to keep at least one, usually two side-projects running at any one time: they are a great way to learn new tools, acquire new skills, meet people with different backgrounds or abilities, and generally go outside of my comfort zone.
Some things come naturally to me:
- adapting to new situations and learning new skills
- quickly grasping the big picture
- listening and understanding someone else’s ideas or issues
Some things require me to make a conscious effort:
- tying up all the loose ends
- staying strongly motivated when project XY reaches week #52
In Isaiah Berlin’s classification, I’m obviously a fox, not a hedgehog.
These and previous similar positions mean that I know what it’s like to manage a legacy system. I know about standards and formats. I know about integrating disparate systems. I also know about online scholarly publishing.
We developed the software and sold services around it, from the installation to new developments to training, data transfer from older systems, maintenance, etc. BibLibre had 12 employees when I left in mid-2010.
Running this bootstrapped, fast-growing company was a great experience, as was the involvement in the Koha Open Source community.
You can get an idea of what we did by looking at a few screenshots.
I learned a lot doing this: marketing, design, content creation (sound, video, copy) and Android development in particular.
Currently, I’m learning the Go programming language and drawing svg icons for books.
I published a collection of short stories in 2012, but also wrote 7 short fictions that live within Google Maps.
I keep a public list of ideas for side-projects.
- Design and wireframing: I use Sketchapp and Invision
- Project management tools: Trello & GitHub are what I use these days