Library Camp NYC, August 14, 2007

Baruch College will be hosting Library Camp NYC on August 14, 2007, from 9 am to 4 pm. This will be run as an unconference and will be free of charge. If you're interested in attending, please sign up on the event wiki: http://librarycampnyc.wikispaces.com/

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Can Blacklight... ?

Feedback from a Blacklight user during its 2-week trial period:

But can it also enable users to execute targeted multi-faceted searches directly?

For example, it is impossible with the current Virgo to perform the following search of the following type which our users would find useful: "retrieve all of the printed works in special collections relating to the Civil War that were published in New York between 1861-1863." This search is impossible for general users to precisely target because they are not given the ability to search publication location directly even under the advanced search options.

Code4Lib 2007 - Video, Audio and Podcast Available

Most have been done for some time but if you haven't noticed all presentations and lightning talks should have video up. Presentations also have audio and a podcast. Lightning talks will probably have audio in the nearish future. You can access the media from the pages below:

Update: Looks like I forgot to change quite a few of the audio to CBR instead of VBR for the podcast. As such the Flash player on Odeo will make people sound like chipmunks. It should work fine in iTunes or your player of choice (as long as it's not flash). I'll try to redo the audio as soon as I can.

Code4Lib 2007 - Day 1 Video Available

The video from Day 1 for Code4Lib 2007 has been uploaded for downloading and on Google Video. This includes all lightning talks. You can view or download from the presentation pages accessible from the conference schedule.

If you want a version for your ipod or PSP then you should be able to download a version from Google Video. Embedding is also enabled. Feel free to rate or tag the videos. Podcasts will be forthcoming once the other days are done.

If you notice any problems with the videos please let us know. I was uploading and linking them rather quickly so I would not be surprised if there is a mixup or two. I'm on channel or just comment here. Again thanks goes to Noel Peden (npeden) for doing the heavy lifting of editing and encoding.

Update: Both Day 2 and Day 3 are now uploaded and linked to on the Presentation and Lightning Talk pages. Please let us know if you notice anything wrong. Google is still churning through the files.

My Adventures in Getting Data into the ArchivistsToolkit

My Adventures in Getting Data into the ArchivistsToolkit

Georgia Tech Archives is moving its accessions database from a home grown sql/php based archival database tool to the Archivist's Toolkit which was recently released. The easiest route I thought was to export the current data to two spreadsheets in csv format, clean it up, and import the results. It couldn't be that hard: just convert csv to Toolkit format.

Get The Data From The Old Tool

That was as easy as pushing the right buttons on phpmyadmn. We ended up with two tables; one described the donors, the other the accessions linked to donors by via donor ids.

Code4Lib 2007 Video Trickling In

As anyone who has encoded video knows, it can be a slow process. If you happen to be in IRC be sure to thank ecorrado and npeden for their work on the videos. The videos are slowly being uploaded to code4lib. As space needs to be shuffled a little bit on Anvil I've taken the liberty of mirroring the videos at Michigan State and also uploading them to Google to make them easier to embed.

The files that have been processed are tagged with code4lib2007 on Google. I've also included a link to download the MPEG-4 file and embedded the video for watching on the presentation pages. You'll need a player that can handle MPEG-4 (H.264) and AAC audio to view the downloaded files. The latest Quicktime should work, as well as VLC and MPlayer. If you compiled either yourself, be sure to include mp4 and aac support.

It may be awhile before all the videos are up. Once they are I'll probably work on getting pod/vodcasts up.

Update: I'm also dumping the audio from the videos to mp3 for those who would prefer just the audio for portability. A podcast will be forthcoming. The mp3's are linked from the presentation pages.

Code4Lib.org Restored

The machine that code4lib.org (and panizzi, chukwa, and the code4lib planet) runs on has been restored. If you notice any problems still, please let someone in IRC know.

Code4Lib 2008 will be in Portland, OR

Voting on the location of Code4Lib 2008 is now closed and the offer from Oregon State University to host in Portland, OR is the winner. We received three wonderful applications to host the conference, and we hope that everyone who applied will consider applying again.

solr4lib

Time flies when you're having fun. The conference of the year, IMHO, is happening next week. I'm honored to keynote the second day of the conference. Thankfully they haven't pinned me down to specify a topic. The lead keynote speaker is K.G. Schneider, and she's been blogging her preparation. I'm looking forward to her talk as well as the entire conference of talks. I'm not used to 20 minute talks though. I could go on for hours! (see below)

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