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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
james.c.robertson@njit.edu 973-596-5798

My Powerpoint presentation is at www.library.njit.edu/staff-folders/robertson/presentations.

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.

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.

Carpooling

If you're driving to Corvallis for the conference and you'll have leftover space in your vehicle, please consider adding your name, email, point of origin (presumably Portland or Eugene airport), number of empty seats, and estimated time of departure to and from Corvallis below.

This will make it easier for financially constrained individuals like myself to score a cheap ride. ;)

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.

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.

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 cafepress.com): http://www.cafepress.com/content/si/temp_10x10_apparel.zip. 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).

conference schedule in hCalendar

With a bit of python the code4lib 2006 schedule has been encoded using the hCalendar microformat. hCalendar allows you to bundle up event information so it is available downstream to machines that crawl the content, while keeping the content readable for us humans. It is really very easy to grok, and the only reason for the script was to avoid repetitive typing.

Here's what a sample event looks like in hCalendar:

11:05- 11:25 -


Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA
- Dan Chudnov

Which is equivalent to the ical


BEGIN:VEVENT
SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en:Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA - Dan Chudnov
DTSTART:20060215T190500Z
DTEND:20060215T192500Z
URL:http://www.code4lib.org/2006/chudnov
END:VEVENT

The page includes a 'subscribe' link (at the top) to Brian Suda's x2v, which extracts hCalendar from a page and spits back iCal for your calendaring application to ingest.

unAPI version 0

Attached is the first version of the unAPI spec. Excerpting:

"unAPI is a simple website API convention. There are many wonderful APIs and protocols for syndicating, searching, and harvesting content from diverse services on the web. They're all great, and they're all already widely used, but they're all different. We want one API for the most basic operations necessary to perform simple clipboard-copy functions across all sites. We also want this API to be able to be easily layered on top of other well-known APIs."

And:

"The objective of unAPI is to enable web sites with HTML interfaces to information-rich objects to simultaneously publish richly structured metadata for those objects, or those objects themselves, in a predictable and consistent way for machine processing."

This specification is being developed under the ROGUE 05 process. The next revision, revision 1, is due on Thursday, 16 Feb 2006, and is dependent on at least three working implementations to move forward. That date is also day 2 of code4lib 2006; I will be speaking about unAPI on day 1, and hopefully we'll have a breakout session following up the talk which will be a great time to discuss the spec, to try implementing it, and to work on revision 1 for release the next day. :)

We are tracking milestones, notes, and document revisions within a private basecamp project, but interested parties are welcome to participate (contact me for access).

The list of record for unAPI development is the gcs-pcs-list. Please send questions/comments/implementation feedback there.

[Update (2005-05-21)]: Please note that the official unAPI site now lives at unapi.info.

Portland Jazz Festival

If you are in town after the conference and are looking for something to do the The Portland Jazz Festival is running from February 17-19, 2006
The internationally acclaimed Portland Jazz Festival will feature McCoy Tyner, DeeDee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell and Eddie Palmieri, plus more than 90 additional jazz performances at multiple downtown venues.