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 code4lib.org (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: http://wiki.code4lib.org/index.php/C4L2010registration

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 http://wiki.code4lib.org/index.php/C4L2010rideshare

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)

Code4Lib Journal: new issue 7 now available

Editorial Introduction - Code4Lib: Long May You Run by Tom Keays

The Code4Lib Journal mirrors the diversity and depth of interests and expertise of its readership. Our successes, indeed, are yours.

How Hard Can it Be? : Developing in Open Source by Joann Ransom with Chris Cormack and Rosalie Blake


Code4Lib Journal: new issue 6 now available

Editorial Introduction - Issue 6
Christine Schwartz

The intelligent use of technology in libraries continues to be one of our most crucial challenges. For those of us who became librarians because we loved to explore the book stacks, we are now finding new ways to explore both old and new content in digital form. With issue 6 of the Code4Lib Journal we hope you will find new ways to explore, experiment, and bring to your library users what they want and need.


See you next year in Asheville

Congratulations to Asheville, North Carolina for being voted as the host city for Code4Lib 2010. Thanks go to all who voted and to all the sites that submitted a proposal as all would have been excellent locations.

Code4Lib 2009 Lightning Talks

Lightning talks on 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. If you'd like to do a lightning talk please add your name and topic to the flipchart that will be available at the conference. You can do more than one if you want, but if the slots fill up (there are 39 of them) you might have to choose which one you want to do.

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.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

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

See 2008 Lightning Talks.
2007 Lightning Talks.
2006 Lightning Talks.

Email Roy Tennant with presentation files and/or corrections to this page.

Tuesday, February 24, [QuickTime Video] [Internet Archive Video]

  1. The eXtensible Catalog Project [Slides in PPT], David Lindahl
  2. Scriblio: Social Library System, Casey Durfee
  3. Enjoysthin.gs, Mark Matienzo
  4. E-Matrix: An [open source] ERM, [Slides in PPT],
    Emily Lynema
  5. Alex 4: Yet Aneother Incarnation, Eric Morgan
  6. CrossRef, Geoffrey Bilder
  7. Summon, John Law
  8. LucidFind, Erik Hatcher
  9. Making Distributed Configuration Simple with the TORUS [Slides in PPT], Mike Taylor
  10. TORUS Implemented, Jakub Skoczen [Slides in PDF]
  11. Zoia's FOAF Support, Michael Klein and Jonathan Brinley
  12. Biblio, Andrew Ashton
  13. SearchWorks (VUFind), Naomi Dushay
  14. Zoom Zoom Zoom, Mike Beccaria
  15. The BagIt File Package Format, Dan Chudnov

Wednesday, February 25, [QuickTime Video] [Internet Archive Video]

  1. Build A Connector Online Now : the Connector Framework Firefox extension / Mike Taylor (IndexData)
  2. Code4Lib Annual Award for Some Sort of Good Software (that should probably be open source) / Eric Lease Morgan
  3. WordPress Extensions for Research Guides/Blogs / Katherine Lynch (Drexel University Libraries) [Slides in PDF]
  4. Flash (SSDs are gonna save everyone of us) / Toke Eskildsen [Slides in PDF]
  5. AutoIt for fun and profit / Becky Yoose (Miami University...of Ohio) [Slides in PDF]
  6. (Reprise) Flash (SSDs are gonna save everyone of us) / Toke Eskildsen
  7. Deliver you EAD – maybe without XSLT, or XML, or ...? : A work in progress / Terry Catapano & Joanna DiPasquale [Slides in PDF]
  8. Data farmimg / Ray Schwartz (William Harrison University)
  9. Heckle me / Chick Markley (Emory University) [Slides in PDF]
  10. Hathi Trust and Terrabyte Scale Solr / Tom Burton-West [Web site - Large-Scale Search Report]
  11. Hacking Hathi / Roy Tennant [Web site]
  12. ALIAS / Mark Sullivan (SUNY Geneseo) [Slides in PDF]
  13. Visualizing Usage Data / Jason Casden (NCSU) [Slides in PDF]
  14. DLF ILS-BDI API (etc) / Emily Lynema (NCSU) [Slides in PDF]
  15. More Summon / John Law (Serials Solutions)
  16. SALT Project / Chris Fitzpatrick (Stanford University)

Thursday, February 26, [QuickTime Video] [Internet Archive Video]

  1. bookgenius.org / Chris Morgan
  2. Extracting data from III with Expect / Ross Shanley-Roberts [Slides in PDF]
  3. Amazon Web Services: EC2 / Rosalyn Metz [Blog post with screencast]
  4. Xpattern matcher / Heikki Levanto
  5. Summa / Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen
  6. Umlaut / Jonathan Rochkind
  7. Open Catalogue Crawling Protocol (OCCP) / Richard Wallis
  8. Cool URIs / Xiaoming Liu [Slides in PDF]
  9. Zero to MC in Four Years / Jay Luker [Slides in PDF]

code4lib2010 venue voting

code4lib2010 venue voting has begun and will close 4:30 PM EST on Wednesday, February 25th.


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