OLA Super Conference - Collex and Blacklight

I'm honored to be speaking at the upcoming OLA Super Conference 2008. I'm presenting "Collex: Collecting and exhibiting scholarly materials" (session #406, Thursday January 31, 10:40am) and " Blacklight: the University of Virginia's Catalog on Solr" (session #1203, Friday, February 1, 2:10pm). I'm looking forward to demonstrating these projects and sharing their latest news.

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Code4lib 2008 Registration now open!

Registration to the Code4lib 2008 conference is now open!

See https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=274 (or the link from the conference page) to register.

Code4lib 2008 Gender Diversity and Minority Scholarships

Oregon State University and Code4lib are offering scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity.

OSU / Code4lib Gender Diversity Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Gender Diversity Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2008 Code4lib conference (February 25-28 in Portland, OR). This scholarship is eligible to any woman interested in actively contributing to the mission and goals of the Code4lib Conference.

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need. The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to write-up a trip report of the conference.

To apply, please send an email to jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu with the following:

1) A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please indicate your eligibility in the letter)

2) A resume

3) Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2008.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2008.

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OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2008 Code4lib conference (February 25-28 in Portland, OR). To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be a member of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic / Latino).

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need. The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to write-up a trip report of the conference.

To apply, please send an email to jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu with the following:

1) A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please indicate your eligibility in the letter)

2) A resume

3) Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2008.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2008.

India Online Public Access Catalogues

Hi here is the OPAC's of India
good number of Universities & Institutions having International standard MARC formats
at http://www.librarianslibrary.com

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Code4lib 2008 Keynote Survey

Though we ran into some problems getting the code4lib.org Advanced Poll module working in time, the code4lib 2008 keynote survey has been posted.

Voting is open until midnight 11/22 EST. Shortly thereafter Mike Giarlo will post response data to this list. Let your voices be heard!

solr-rusty

I gave a solr-ruby presentation at rubyconf this past weekend. My timing was off, didn't cover as much as I would have liked, and one of my demos flubbed and I punted on it (turns out all I did was forget to pass a command-line argument to the script *sigh*).

Here are the slides.

Code4lib 2008 Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2008. Code4lib 2008 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-like format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software.

The conference will be held February 25-28, 2008 in Portland Oregon. More information can be found at .

Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must focus on one or more of the following areas:
- "tools" (some cool new software, software library or integration platform)
- "specs" (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones)
- "challenges" (one or more big problems we should collectively address).

The community will vote on proposals using the criteria of:
- usefulness
- newness
- geekiness
- diversity of topics.

We cannot accept every prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning talk sessions will provide everyone who wishes to present with an opportunity to do so.

Please send your name, email address, and proposal of no more than 75 words to code4libcon at googlegroups.com. The proposal deadline is November 30, 2007, and proposers will be notified by December 14, 2007.

Solr/Lucene training in Hong Kong

ObLibTopic: I'll be demonstrating and discussing Collex and Blacklight!

self-promotion: Open Source Retreat Lucene/Solr course

This self-marketing thing is hard. Thus far I've been blessed with word-of-mouth success for the reputation from the various open source communities in which I've participated. But it does take a little advertising so folks know what you're up to. With little fanfare, some friends of mine have put together an impressive lineup of courses and speakers, and a great venue, on several open source topics. I thought it was a good idea to have a longer course on Solr and Lucene, so I agreed to give it a shot.

"Solr Powered Libraries"

I had the great pleasure of presenting at the Library of Congress recently. I'm honored to follow in some great footsteps, in the same series as recent and very related talks by Andrew Pace and Tim Spalding.

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