Grace Dunbar recently joined Equinox Software as the project manager for product development. We are thrilled to have a second PM and one dedicated to development. It’s another sign of Evergreen’s growth!
Grace spent five years as a librarian at Stanford University, where she managed the Google digitization effort. She then took a position with Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base, as Library Director of their three base libraries, followed by a brief stint with Savannah College of Art and Design. Grace loves knitting, sci-fi, and cooking, and in her copious free time is learning to play the banjo.
Naturally, we had a few questions for Grace!
What is important about open source software?
For me, the most important thing is community involvement. The “bosses” of the developers working on a product are the end users of that product which, to me, is unique and valuable. As a librarian, I see open source as a natural fit with libraries, as librarians have historically embraced radical evolutionary change.
Where do you see open source development in the next ten to fifteen years?
We’ve largely gotten past the fear of open source. Acceptance and ownership of open source product is now becoming mainstream. My hope is that in fifteen years the concept of “open source” will be something kids have to look up in the dictionary (at the library, natch!) because it will have become the modus operandi.
When you get stuck on a problem how do you solve it?
It depends on the nature of the problem. If it’s a logistical problem I resort to using small scale models to better conceptualize the issue. For everything else, when I’m well and truly stuck, I usually start seeking out people. I work through problems verbally and having another person there to play devil’s advocate or just to point out something I hadn’t considered is invaluable.
What do you keep on your desk?
A full coffee cup. Small plastic monkeys and dinosaurs to help me sort out those tricky logistical problems as mentioned above. Many, many notebooks and notepads – I’m compulsive about organizing my projects in notebooks and my desk is also usually littered with sticky notes. My “Mr. T in Your Pocket” sits on the desk for when someone needs to be told “Don’t give me no back talk, sucka!”.
What do you do to chill out?
My favorite way to decompress is by cooking. I love to come home, put on some music, rummage through the fridge and put together a good meal. A little wine while I’m cooking doesn’t hurt either! [Editor’s aside: you mean beer, right?] If cooking isn’t an option then I like to knit or play Guitar Hero.
Do you have any pets?
Sadly, last year I lost both my cat Eberts and my dog Daisy. This year, however, I was lucky enough to have a rambunctious dog named Kendo come into my life. I am currently searching for the right cat and dog companions for Kendo as his days are very lonely while I’m at work. (I infer this by the level of destruction wrought upon the house when I get home.)