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Code4Lib 2010 Sponsorship

If your organization would like to help sponsor the Code4Lib 2010 Conference, please select a sponsorship level and amount, and email

Bronze (under $2500) -- Name in program as a bronze sponsor, name on
t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium

Silver ($2500-$4999) -- Name in program as a silver sponsor, small
logo on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium

Gold ($5000-$7499) -- Name in program as a gold sponsor, medium logo
on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium at the opening and closing

2010 Code4Lib Conference Prepared Talks Voting Now Open!

The opportunity to submit a proposal for a 20 minute prepared talk at the 2010 Code4Lib Conference in Asheville, NC has now closed. We received 47 great proposals in what must surely be our best year ever for talk submissions.

Voting is now open to anyone who has registered at (accounts are available to anyone). Enter your code4lib login to enable voting. To vote, assign any number from 1 to three for any talk for which you wish to vote. You may change your vote at any time up until voting closes at Midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 1.

Code4Lib 2010 Call for Prepared Talk Proposals

Code4Lib 2010 will be held Monday February 22nd (preconference day) - Thursday February 25th, 2010 in Asheville, NC.

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks, which are allowed 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)

Proposals can be submitted through November 13.

For more information see the complete call for proposals.

Vote for code4lib 2010 keynotes!

(Copied from the email sent out by Michael Giarlo earlier today.)

Yo code4lib, it's time to vote for keynote speakers for the code4lib 2010 conference:

The ballot will stay open through 11:59PM Eastern on Monday, October 5th.

Code4Lib 2010

Monday, February 22nd - Thursday, February 25th, 2010, Asheville, North Carolina


Registration Information:

Event tag: c4l10

Room rate: $119 per night (free wifi in room and throughout hotel)

Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801 USA
Phone: 800-359-7951 or 828-252-8211.

Transportation Options

Car (driving distances)

  • Interstate 40 - A major east/west interstate highway which connects to I-85 and
  • Interstate 26 - A regional east/west-north/south highway serving TN, SC, and NC

Bus & Airport Ground Transportation

Interested in carpooling or sharing rides? See

Want to help plan it?
To participate in planning, see the community's conference planning listserv and wiki.

We are looking for additional sponsors to help keep registration affordable.

Check back for more information: We expect to have several scholarships. Or, contact the organizing committee if you'd like to sponsor a scholarship!

Local Organizing Committee:
Kevin Clarke (Appalachian State University)
Lynne Lysiak (Appalachian State University)
Jodi Schneider (DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway)
Barbara Svenson (University of North Carolina - Asheville)
Gillian Ellern (Western Carolina University)

Visualizing Media Archives: A Case Study

Chris Beer, WGBH Interactive; Courtney Michael, WGBH Media Library and Archives

A scholar walks into your archive and asks “what do you have for me?” You point to your finding aids and set them a-slogging. What if they could orient themselves to, and interact with, the collection dynamically online? What if they could see the connections between collections, series, even items? We will present our latest approach to showcasing the breadth and depth of media collections using rich cataloging and data visualization techniques.
QuickTime Video:


Video on Internet Archive


Slides in PDF

The Open Platform Strategy: what it means for library developers

Edward M. Corrado, Binghamton University

Ex Libris has announced an Open Platform Strategy. As part of this approach they will supply well-documented “Open-APIs” and Web services. They have also created EL Commons, a collaborative Web-based platform that includes a Developer Zone and a code-sharing platform for customers. OCLC also has an Open-API approach with the WorldCat Grid. This presentation will investigate what this Open-API strategy means for customers and why (or why not) libraries should support this “open”-proprietary strategy.
QuickTime Video:


Video on Internet Archive


Slides in PDF

If You Love Something...Set it Free

Ian Davis, Talis
Keynote Address

QuickTime Video:


Video on Internet Archive


Slides on Slideshare

Freebasing for Fun and Enhancement

Sean Hannan, Johns Hopkins University
Freebase is a vast, query-able resource for hierarchical factual information. Through APIs, we can use this data and data relationships to enhance library services. Want to feature items in your catalog by local authors? Don't waste time hand-selecting, just pull dynamically from Freebase and your local collections. This presentation will cover how to get information out of Freebase via APIs, an introduction to MQL, and examples of integration with existing library services.
QuickTime Video:


Video on Internet Archive


Slides in PDF

Great facets, like your relevance, but can I have links to Amazon and Google Book Search?

Richard Wallis, Talis

Solr enabled great innovation and prompted even more. But they are still just OPACs. Users want much more than a library catalogue alone can provide. This presentation shares some of the experience, code, and techniques used to embed a multiplicity of extension points in to an OPAC interface in a consistent way that can be built upon by others. From author videos to LibraryThing Common Knowledge by way of an audio page reader and beyond.
QuickTime Video:


Video on Internet Archive


Slides on Slideshare


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