Code4Lib 2012 in Seattle

Since only one proposal was submitted to host Code4Lib 2012, and no other proposals were known to be in the works, and the one proposal was a strong one, by popular acclaim the Seattle proposal to host Code4Lib 2012 was accepted. Congratulations to the Seattle team, and we'll see you next year!

Code4Lib 2012 Call for Host Proposals

The Code4Lib Conference Planning Group is putting out a call for
proposals to host the 2012 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 23, 2011. 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,
2011 and will continue through the first three days of Code4Lib 2011 until
11:59PM Eastern on Wednesday, February 9th. The results of the vote will be
announced on Thursday, February 10th, the final day of Code4Lib 2011.
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 past hosting proposals from 2011 for


Scholarships to Attend the 2011 Code4Lib Conference (Deadline Dec. 6, 2010)

Oregon State University and the Western North Carolina Library Network are sponsoring four scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity. Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to attend the 2011 Code4lib conference, which will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, from Monday, February 7 through Thursday, February 10. The Code4Lib scholarship committee will award these scholarships based on merit and need.

Issue 10 of the Code4Lib Journal

The tenth issue of the Code4Lib Journal has been published at


Code4Lib 2011: Get Ready for the Best Code4lib Conference Yet!

Code4lib 2011 is a loosely-structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

Registration for Code4Lib 2011 is now closed! We will have a wait list available. If you are interested in being on the wait list please contact Julie Wernert at jwernert at indiana dot edu.

Dates February 7-10, 2011. Bloomington, IN


Location & Travel Info:
Venue: Biddle Hotel and Conference Center and Indiana University Bloomington Phone: +1-812-856-6381. discount code: CODE4. See more accomodations info.

Airport: Indianapolis International Airport

Airport Shuttle: Bloomington Shuttle and Charterstar America offer airport shuttles. Check schedules; the trip itself is 1.5 hours. A further alternative is limousine service with door-to-door service.

Detailed Registration Info:
Registration opened on December 13, 2010 at noon Eastern time (17:00 UTC). For more on reserving a room at our conference please see our conference web site at -

Note, if you are a conference speaker we have reserved you a space for registration but you still need to register using the link above and you will be allowed to register up until Dec 23, 2010, please make sure you choose prepared talk speaker or pre-conference speaker in your selection. To see a list of all accepted talk speakers please see -;. If you are a speaker and need help with registration please contact the Code4Lib 2011 Program Planning Committee.

All other registrations are first come, first served, we will have a wait list once we hit the 250 person mark for the conference.

At the conference, there will be opportunities to sign up to give lightning talks and organize breakouts.

Event tag: c4l11

Want to help plan the conference?
To participate in planning, see the community's conference planning listserv and wiki.
Read the Bloomington Code4Lib Proposal.

We have generous commitments from the following sponsors:
Gold: Digital Library Federation | Elsevier | IndexData | OCLC
Silver: Ebsco Publishing | Ex Libris, North America | Lyrasis | Serials Solutions
Bronze: Blacklight | The Code4Lib Community| Committee on Institutional Cooperation | CrossRef | DuraSpace | HathiTrust | Indiana University (Libraries/UITS) | Kuali OLE | Mendeley, Ltd. | Oregon State University Libraries| Princeton University Libraries | Purdue University Libraries | University of California, San Diego Libraries

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who have made this year's code4lib possible and affordable for all attendees!

Three scholarship competitions are underway this year.

Oregon State University and the Western North Carolina Library Network are sponsoring four scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity, with an application deadline of Dec. 6, 2010. See how to apply.

The AngelFund4Code4Lib is proud to announce the second annual AngelFund4Code4Lib -- a $1,500 stipend to attend Code4Lib 2011. AngelFund4Code4Lib is now accepting applications through December 17, 2010. To apply: in 500 words or less, write what you hope to learn at the conference and email it to

Code4Lib JAPAN Scholarship will provide a scholarship for up to two applicants for Code4Lib 2011; application deadline is December 13, 2010. See application details in English or in Japanese.

Local Organizing Committee:
Robert H. McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, Indiana University
Chanitra Bishop, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Indiana University
Gary Charbonneau, Systems Librarian, Indiana University
Diane Dallis, Associate Dean for Library Academic Services, Indiana University
Jon Dunn, Associate Director, Digital Library Program, Indiana University
Mike Durbin, Infrastructure Programmer, DLP, Indiana University
Julie Hardesty, Usability Librarian, DLP, Indiana University
Mary Popp, Access Services and Discovery Librarian, Indiana University
Vern Wilkins, Head of Library Information Technology, Indiana University

Location of code4lib 2011

Congratulations to Bloomington, Indiana, and our new hosts at Indiana University, for being voted as the host city for Code4Lib 2011.

Thanks to all who voted and all the sites that submitted proposals!

Issue 9 of the Code4Lib Journal

The ninth issue of the Code4Lib Journal has been published! Check it out at


Vote on Code4Lib 2011 hosting proposals

We received three excellent proposals for hosting the 2011 conference,
and now it is time to vote on them. The proposals are from Bloomington, IN; New Haven, CT; and Vancouver, BC.

Voting will be open until Midnight EDT, Tuesday, March 23rd.

How to vote:

Code4Lib 2010 Breakout Sessions

Those interested in the same project/problem can hang out in a space together for 70 minute blocks. Generally the person who suggests the topic will take on the role as moderator to begin and moderate the discussion. Anyone can propose a breakout session - please think about whether you would want a session to be held on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the order of talks and who you hope will attend. There are a lot of rooms available each day, including the large meeting room, and we will route different proposed sessions to the different rooms depending on a quick show-of-hands survey just before each one begins.

Breakout Signups moved to the wiki:

Code4Lib 2010 Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are scheduled on all three days of the conference. A lightning talk is a fast-paced 5 minute talk on a topic of your choosing.

Needed: volunteer to ensure presentation files get added to this page.

Mark Jason Dominus has a nice page about lightning talks, which includes this summary of why you might want to do one:

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

You might also like Mark Fowler's's Advice for Giving a Lightning Talk

Tuesday talks:

  1. UW Forward - Steve Meyer [Video]
  2. MODS4Ruby & Opinionated XML - Matt Zumwalt [Video]
  3. The Digital Archaeological Record - Matt Cordial [Video]
  4. Hydra: Blacklight + ActiveFedora + Rails - Willy Mene [Video]
  5. Why CouchDB? - Benjamin Young [Video] [Slides, PDF]
  6. Data integrity (cheap, fast, and easy) - Gwen Exner [Video] [PDF]
  7. HathiTrust Large Scale Search update - Tom Burton-West [Video]
  8. EAD and MARC Sitting in a Tree: Archival Description in Drupal - Mark Matienzo [Video]
  9. EZproxy Wondertool - Paul Joseph [Video]
  10. HathiTrust APIs - Albert Bertram [Video]
  11. Repository of MARC Abominations - Simon Spero and J-Rock [Video]
  12. Mystery Meat - Joe Atzberger [Video]
  13. Fuwatto Search - Masao Takaku [Video]

Wednesday talks:

  1. LibX Update - Godmar Back [Video]
  2. How to build a Virtual Bookshelf Without Solr (or MySQL) - Maccabee Levine
  3. VIVO, an interdisciplinary national network - Paul Albert [Video]
  4. WolfWalk, two ways - Jason Casden [Video] [PDF]
  5. Custom metasearch widgets - Alex Smith
  6. Node.js development - Gabriel Farrell [Video]
  7. Catalog Auto-suggest using SOLR - Jill Sexton [Video]
  8. EmeraldView, a PHP frontend for Greenstone - Yitzchak Schaffer [Video]
  9. Kill the Search Button - Michael Nielsen, Jørn Thøgersen [facilitated by Roy Tennant] [Video]
  10. You Heard It Here First... - Roy Tennant [Video]
  11. File Information Tool Set (FITS) - Spencer McEwen [Video]
  12. JavaScript E-book Reader - Eric Palmitesta [Video]
  13. Faceted browse on the cheap - Tom Keays [Slides (Gdoc)] [Video]

Thursday talks:

  1. Batch OCR using Open Source Tools - Jonathan Brinley [Video] [Slides | More Info]
  2. VuFind at Western Michigan University - Birong Ho [Video]
  3. Serving Fedora content using Drupal and Fedora content models and disseminators - Alexander O'Neill, University of Prince Edward Island [Video]
  4. Please clean my data! - Vinita Tuteja, National Library of Australia [Video] [Slides | Code Repository-Newspapers | Code Repository-NLA Harvester]
  5. Library a la Carte update - Kim Griggs and Michael Klein [Video]
  6. Digital Video Made Easier - Datastore and conversion using video APIs (YouTube, Jason Clark, Montana State University [Video]
  7. GroupFinder: Who/What/Where/When for patrons at your library - Joe Ryan, NCSU [Video]
  8. EAD, APIs, and Cooliris: providing access to digitized archival materials. - Tim Shearer [Video]
  9. "If you see Fedora and Shibboleth coming and can't get out of the way..." -Birkin James Diana, Brown University [Video]

See also previous years' talks:

2009 Lightning Talks.
2008 Lightning Talks.
2007 Lightning Talks.
2006 Lightning Talks
We signed up for 2010 talks on the wiki


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