An Introduction to SQL for Librarians

An Introduction to SQL for Librarians
By Ruth Kitchen Tillman

Why are Librarians Suited to SQL?

Because querying information is what we do. You’ve thought “ok this is what I want, now where do I go to get it and what should I put into the fields?” In many cases we’re already doing mediated queries which are functionally indistinguishable from SQL. When you’re saying that you want to search for Article from a database where a Title is “Name of the title,” what you’re doing is essentially the same as writing a SQL query. Reports used to get data from or update data in your ILS use the same type of querying.

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