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Show Your Stuff, using Omeka

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Dave Lester - Web Developer, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Jeremy Boggs - Creative Lead, Web Designer/Developer, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Libraries need a simple solution for sharing and publishing collections on the web. Omeka can help. Open source, robust, and easy to install, Omeka gives cultural and academic institutions the means to publish archived content into beautiful, customizable web sites and exhibits. We'll show you how Omeka works, and how to extend it with plugins and custom themes. Finally, we'll explore the possibilities for migrating and publishing existing collections from other management systems using Omeka.


Using a CSS Framework

Chris Barr - Villanova University

Using a CSS framework can allow you to speed up your development time, normalize your code base, and avoid some common browser bugs. In this talk I will discuss when it is appropriate to use a framework, potential pitfalls of common frameworks, how the Yahoo User Interface (YUI) Grids system has been implemented in the default installation of the VuFind software, and demonstrate the creation of a 3 column CSS layout from scratch in under 5 minutes.

XForms for Metadata creation

Winona Salesky - Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Vermont
Michael Park - Brown University

As distributing metadata creation to authors, catalogers and other system users who may or may not have an understanding of XML becomes more and more important it has become imperative to develop reliable methods for creating and editing XML documents. This presentation will focus on the two MODS editors developed by UVM and Brown Universities and introduce the XForms technology as a means for digital libraries to create and manage complex metadata.


OSS Web-based cataloging tool

Chris Catalfo - Programmer, LibLime

This presentation introduces a new open source, web-based cataloging application, started for the 2007 Google Summer of Code and currently developed at LibLime. It provides a full featured, customizable, fast application for original and copy cataloging. It uses the ExtJS user interface toolkit, Google Gears for local storage of bibliographic records, PazPar2 for searching multiple Z39.50 servers, and it will feature an integrated Jabber client for exchanging records.


Building Mountains Out of Molehills

Patrick Kennedy - Bibliocommons
Ronald Braun - Bibliocommons

Faceted navigation, which is an increasingly common feature of library OPACS, was initially developed to browse hierarchical data. MARC data however, has relatively little hierarchy, and user-generated tags have even less. The flatness of this data, makes the navigation of search result-sets cumbersome and often ineffective. BiblioCommons has been tracking academic research and industry best-practices in this realm, and experimenting with different methods of adding structure to these datasets. This session will share learning to date.



The Making of The Code4Lib Journal

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Jonathan Brinley - Ball State University
Edward M. Corrado - The College of New Jersey
Jodi Schneider Amherst College

Over the last 8 months, several members of the code4lib community have been hard at work creating a new journal from the ground up. The first issue will be released in mid-December, and work on upcoming issues is well underway. This presentation will cover the customizations we made to WordPress to use it as a CMS for The Code4Lib Journal, as well as the various tools used for coordinating and organizing the editorial process. See also:

Finding Relationships in MARC Data

Rob Styles - Programme Manager, Talis

I've been doing a lot of work around extracting as much meaning as possible from Marc records, using RDF as the data structure. Marc is a record-centric format, the result is anything but, with the RDF allowing rich relationships to form in the data that can then be used to drive different navigation techniques. This is about making the most of what is in Marc data to do something new.

Delivering Library Services in the Web 2.0 environment: OSU Libraries Publishing System for and by Librarians

Kim Griggs - Oregon State University
Margaret Mellinger - Oregon State University
Jane Nichols - Oregon State University

Using Ruby on Rails, we built a web page publishing system. The system allows librarians with minimal technical expertise to create dynamic pages that integrate Web 2.0 features with traditional library content. Students use the pages to connect quickly to selected library resources. We'll discuss why we chose a custom solution, give an overview of our agile development processes, and then look under the hood.

A Metadata Registry

Jon Phipps - NSDL Metadata Registry, Cornell University Libraries

An introduction to the Metadata Registry, an open source vocabulary, metadata schema, and DC application profile manager and registry. The Registry provides a bridge between the XML an RDF worlds, providing its output in XML Schema and SKOS/OWL, as well as providing managed namespace services, URI design, permanent URLs with content negotiation, support for multi-user ontology design, change history and version management tools.



The Code4Lib Future

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Edward Corrado - TCNJ

Code4lib is a successful brand in the library world, but with its continued growth it is time to consider the future of Code4Lib. This presentation will discuss options Code4lib has for the future, including becoming a non-profit 501(3)c corporation, joining with another organization, or keeping everything as it is. The implications of forming an organizational structure will be discussed and ample time will be giving to solicit input from conference attendees.


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