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code4lib 2006 T-shirt design contest

Further encouraging active participation, code4lib 2006 is currently having a t-shirt design contest. The winner gets to see their design on the official code4lib 2006 t-shirt, given to every attendee of the conference.

If you are interested in submitting a design, you may use the following template (graciously borrowed from Submitted designs will be added to this post, and we will hold a public vote on the designs next week.

The only major restriction to be aware of is that at this time, we are unsure if the t-shirts will be full-color or 1 color. So, while your design may be in color, it should also work as a 1-color design as well (you may submit two versions of a design to meet the above criteria).

Send designs to jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu.

Submitted Designs:

Conference Schedule Set

The Code4Lib Conference Schedule is now available. And what a lineup it is! From "Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA" to "What Blog Applications Can Teach Us About Library Software Architecture" and many geeky points in-between, this is clearly the library tech fest of the century. Until, that is, we do it all again next year.

With two keynotes, 15 prepared talks, a ton of lightning talks, two generous breakout periods for unplanned mayhem, and evening socializing, what's not to like? If I were you, man, I'd like stop trying to debug my crappy code and register. You know, before it's too late.

code4lib 2006 registration count pool

How many people will have registered by the official start of the conference? Which, by the schedule, will be 0930 PST on February 15, 2006.

Put your guess and your name/nick, in the list below, sorted by guess amount. Winner (closest to exact amount without going over) gets a six-pack of black butte porter from dchud. Seriously.

  • 100 - dchud
  • 95 - jaf
  • 93 - artunit
  • 85 - rsinger
  • 64 - roy
  • 42 - edsu

Limited to attendees of the code4lib 2006 conference. Employees and the families of employees of Code4lib Inc. may not participate. Exports of xray crystallography-based strong encryption methods are prohibited. May cause the condition known as "hot-dog fingers". If your code sustains a slashdotting of longer than four hours after attending the code4lib 2006 conference, see your doctor immediately.

AHAH: When Good is Better than Best

Casey Durfee

It can be difficult to enhance, fix or extend legacy/closed-source web applications such as online catalogs without being able to alter the web application directly.

I will discuss using AHAH (Asynchronous HTTPRequest and HTML) as a technique for doing so and compare it to AJAX, proxying and SSI. Examples from the Seattle Public Library’s next generation online catalog will be presented. Performance and scalability concerns will also be covered, time permitting.

ERP Options in an OSS World

Art Rhyno

Slides (html)

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are considered some of the largest and most complex systems ever written, and support many of the functions that libraries associate with the acquisitions and processing side of their operations. The information retrieval layers of library systems receive a lot of attention with good reason, but there’s also a body of standards and best practices for back office systems which libraries could benefit from as well. Open Source ERP systems offer options for libraries to take advantage of OMG standards and workflow engines, and this session will give an overview of some currently available ERP options.


Lipstick on a Pig: 7 Ways to Improve the Sex Life of Your OPAC

Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson will show how NJIT has used a variety of tools (but largely ColdFusion) to extend their library’s OPAC to engage today’s Millennial (raised in the “Goozlezon” Web 2.0 environment) students: (1) book covers; (2) book reviews, (3) live circulation usage history, (4) recommendation engine, (5) RSS of journals tables of contents, (6) live librarian support, (7) shortcut, durable links (PURL’s) to specific items.

--Jim Robertson, Assistant University Librarian
New Jersey Institute of Technology 973-596-5798

My Powerpoint presentation is at --Jim (3-Mar-2006)

Practical Aspects of Implementing Open Source in Armenia

Tigran Zargaryan

A look at Open Source from outside of North America. What is the situation on Open Source in Armenia? What actions will be implemented at Yerevan State University library concerning Open Source? What are problems facing Armenian libraries, as well as those in Georgia and Azerbaijan, in creating digital repositories?

Tigran Zargaryan, Head of Automation at Yerevan State University library in Armenia


Jeffrey A. Young

Ward Cunningham describes a wiki as “the simplest online database that
could possibly work”. The cost of this simplicity is that wikis are
generally limited to a single collection containing a single kind of
record (viz. WikiMarkupLanguage records). WikiD extends the Wiki model
to support multiple WikiCollections containing arbitrary schemas of XML
records with minimal additional complexity. Furthermore, displays and
services can be customized on a per-collection basis.

Project site:
Demo site:

Jeffrey A. Young
Software Architect
Office of Research, Mail Code 710
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Frantz Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017-3395

Voice: 614-764-4342
Voice: 800-848-5878, ext. 4342
Fax: 614-718-7477

Teaching the Library and Information Community How to Remix Information

Raymond Yee

I will articulate a framework that I am using to teach LIS students how to remix information with XML and web services. Because information remix comes across as a grab bag of techniques, students need a framework for learning a particular example of remix in depth so they can understand remixing in a broader context. In my talk, I will reflect on using Flickr as a paradigmatic example in elucidating remix to LIS students.

Raymond Yee 2195 Hearst (250-22)
Technology Architect UC Berkeley
Interactive University Project Berkeley, CA 94720-3810 510-642-0476 (work) 413-541-5683 (fax)

Generating Recommendations in OPACS: Initial Results and Open Areas for Exploration

Colleen Whitney

In the context of a research and prototyping project, the California Digital Library is using catalog content indexed in XTF, along with over 9 million historical circulation transaction records and other external data, to generate recommendations for an academic audience. Early results are promising. This talk will focus on methods, challenges, and plans for further development.

For more information on the project:

Colleen Whitney
California Digital Library and
UC Berkeley Schoool of Information Management and Systems


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