Code4Lib Journal - Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals (and apologies for cross-posting):

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 18th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 18th issue, which is scheduled for publication in October 2012, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to by Friday, June 29, 2012. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies


ruby-marc 0.5.0 released


- Extensive rewrite of MARC::Reader (ISO 2709 binary reader) to
provide a fairly complete and consistent handing of char encoding
issues in ruby 1.9.

- This code is well covered by automated tests, but ends up complex,
there may be bugs, please report them.

- May not work properly under jruby with non-unicode source

- Still can't handle Marc8 encoding.

Code4Lib Journal: Editors Wanted

The Code4Lib Journal is looking for volunteers to join its editorial committee. Editorial committee members work collaboratively to produce the quarterly Code4Lib Journal. Editors are expected to:

  • Read, discuss, and vote on incoming proposals.
  • Volunteer to be the assigned editor or second reader for specific proposals.
    • Assigned editors work with the author(s) to make sure the article is as strong as possible, that the copy is clean, and deadlines are met. They also enter the article into WordPress, making sure the formatting is okay, all images and tables look good, etc.
    • Second readers act as a second set of eyes for the assigned editor.
  • Read and comment on any other article that interests you.
  • Volunteer for administrative tasks and projects as they crop up.
  • Take a turn as Coordinating Editor for an Issue. The Coordinating Editor shepherds the issue through its life cycle.

We seek an individual who is self-motivated, organized and able to meet deadlines; is familiar with ideas and trends in the field; and has an interest in the mechanics of writing. There is a sometimes significant time commitment involved; expect to set aside ten or more hours a month.

It sounds like a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun (if editing is your idea of fun).

Intrigued? Please send a letter of interest by Monday, April 30 to [log in to unmask] Your letter should address these two basic questions:

  1. What is your vision for the Code4Lib Journal? Why are you interested in it?
  2. How can you contribute to the Code4Lib Journal, i.e. what do you have to offer?

We encourage people who have previously applied and who are still interested to re-apply. We have had to turn down a lot of highly-qualified people in the past due to the large number of applications.

If you have any questions, contact us by email at or ask any member of the editorial committee. We plan to make decisions about additional editors by mid-May.


Code4Lib Journal Issue 16 is published!

Ask Anything! – Facilitated by Carmen Mitchell- Code4Lib 2012

Ask Anything!

  • Carmen Mitchell, carmenmitchell at gmail (@carmendarlene)

code4lib 2012, Wednesday, February 8 2012, 11:15-12:00

a.k.a. "Human Search Engine". A chance for you to ask a roomful of code4libbers anything that's on your mind: questions seeking answers (short or long), requests for things (hardware, software, skills, or help), or offers of things. We'll keep the pace fast, and the answers faster. Come with questions and line up at the start of the session and we'll go through as many as we can; sometimes we'll stop at finding the right person or people to answer a query and it'll be up to you to find each other after the session. Third time at code4libcon! (Thanks to Ka-Ping Yee and Dan Chudnov for the inspiration/explanation, reused here in part.)

Discussion for Elsevier App Challenge during Code4Lib 2012

Hello Everyone,

My name is Nishit Bhuva and I am the Partner Development Manager in the Developer Network team at Elsevier. I am sure many of the Code4Lib members must be aware of SciVerse Applications that are developed on the Elsevier platform. For the members who are new to this platform, the apps on SciVerse basically assist researchers in accelerating their scientific study by saving time and effort and presenting targeted information, rather than having them go through the vast amount of scientific data available.

Code4Lib 2013 Call for Host Proposals

The Code4Lib Conference Planning Group is calling for
proposals to host the 2013 Code4Lib Conference.  Information on the
kind of venue we seek and the delineation of responsibilities between
the host organization and the Planning Group can be found at the
conference hosting web page [1] and on the Code4Lib Wiki [2].

The deadline for proposals is Sunday January 22, 2012. The
decision will be made over the course of the following weeks by a
popular vote.  Voting will begin on or around Wednesday January 25,
2012 and will continue through the first three days of Code4Lib 2012 until
11:59PM Pacific on Wednesday, February 8th. The results of the vote will be
announced on Thursday, February 9th, the final day of Code4Lib 2012.
You can apply by making your pitch to the Code4Lib Conference Planning
list [3]; attention to the criteria listed on the conference hosting
page is appreciated.  May the best site win!

Feel free to take a look at the winning proposal from 2012

and past hosting proposals from 2011 for ideas:




code4lib 2012 Sponsor Listing

2012 Sponsors

Scholarship Donors:

Equinox (2ea. $750)
Oregon State University ($3,000)

Book/Software Donations:

Ada's Technical books
Chandos Publishing
No Starch
Andrew Nagy (Serials Solutions) -- 5 Licenses for oXygen XML Editor

Code4Lib 2012

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The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance and the University of Washington Libraries welcome you to the 2012 Code4Lib Conference in Seattle.

Code4lib 2012 is a loosely-structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

When: February 6-9, 2012 (Feb. 6 Preconference)
Where: Renaissance Seattle (reservations)
Who: You!
Why: Because you know you want to!

Conference Schedule

Registration fee: $150 (Registration form now open!)

Location and Travel
Venue: Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison Street, Seattle WA, 98104. (reservations)

Conference Hotel Room Rates:
Conference rates are $159 for single or double occupancy.
Online reservations on the Renaissance Seattle Reservations website.

Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Ground transportation to/from airport:


For things to do in Seattle Visit here. Or consult and contribute to Social Activities

Event tag: c4l12

Want to help plan the conference?
To participate in the planning, see c4l wiki.
Read the Seattle proposal.

Code4Lib thanks the following sponsors for their generous commitments:

Platinum Ex Libris; Indiana University/Kuali Foundation; OCLC; Oregon State University

Gold Digital Library Federation; Elsevier B.V.; Penn State University

Silver Index Data; Innovative Interfaces; Lyrasis; Microsoft Research; Serials Solutions

Bronze Discovery Garden; DuraSpace; Equinox; Mendeley; Princeton University

For more information on conference sponsorship and sponsorship levels to to the Code4Lib 2012 Sponsorship page.

Oregon State University and the Digital Library Federation are sponsoring five scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity. See how to apply.

Book Donations: Ada's Technical books; Chandos Publishing; No Starch; O'Reilly; oXygen XML Editor

Local Organizing Committee:
Kyle Banerjee, Digital Services Program Manager, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Elizabeth Duell, Administrative Assistant, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Karen Estlund, Digital Collections Coordinator, University of Oregon Libraries.
Anjanette Young, Systems Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.
Ann Lally, Head of Digital Initiatives, University of Washington Libraries.
Jennifer Ward, Head of Web Services, University of Washington Libraries.
Corey Murata, Business Computer-Based Services Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.
Ann Gleason, Systems Head, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington Libraries.

Employment Opportunity The University of Texas at Arlington - Web Developer (Web Software Specialist)

The University of Texas at Arlington Job
Web Developer (Web Software Specialist)
Go to my application
FLSA status: Exempt
Posting number: 11-01-28-01-9847
Job status: Open
Basic Information
Date available: Immediately
Position duration: Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Monthly salary $3125 negotiable depending on qualifications.
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Location Arlington, TX
Hiring department Library
Number of vacancies 1
General notes Finalist(s) will be asked to provide a list of 3 professional references (with phone numbers).
Required Application Materials

A Resume is required in order to apply.

Additional Information

Purpose of position: The position provides the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative environment on creative and innovative web projects with the UT Arlington Library. The Web Software Specialist will work as part of a team to build and implement web applications, databases and web pages for the Library’s web presence.


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