conferences

Code4LibCon Site Proposals

Corvallis, Oregon
Proposed by jaf.
Repeat of 2006. Possibility of holding in Portland if deemed a better venue.
Madison, WI
Proposed by Debra Shapiro
As we mentioned at ALA, the continuing ed dept. here at UW-Madison SLIS has a lot of experience hosting conferences, and the facilities (http://conferencing.uwex.edu/) here could easily accomodate a roughly 200 person conference. Now that I have looked at the code4lib web site, the only concern I have is if people would be willing to come to WI in FEBRUARY - but I do see that the 2007 conference is late February into March, so maybe we could make that sound appealing. We do have an annual, extremely popular film fest (http://wifilmfest.org/) here that brings in people in March (usually late March).

Code4Lib Conference Hosting

If you wish to host a Code4Lib Conference in your community, please review this information before applying. The Code4Lib Conference occurs in or near February each year, to provide a complement to the Access Conference.

Requirements of a Hosting Site

  • A host (usually a committee) willing to make local arrangements and coordinate with the site. Many colleges and universities have conference planning assistance.
  • An auditorium or similar space suitable for the conference itself (min 250), and room for four or more "breakout" groups (30-50), which may be a combination of the main space and smaller rooms. Note that while a keynote may be held in an auditorium, it is preferable for the main conference day to have tables and chairs for seating.
  • Wireless network available to attendees free or sponsored by the conference
  • A commitment to work with the conference planning group to help keep attendee costs to a minimum. Past costs have been about $120-160 including meals for 3 days. This requires substantial sponsorship from outside institutions and the hosting institution.

Additional Desirable Qualities

  • Small college or university town (why? "amenities", my friend, amenities). Conferences are also often held in large cities.
  • Reasonably near a major airport (we are prepared to interpret this liberally if the other qualifications are strong)
  • Some distance away from the last conference site, all things being equal (to spread the travel pain)
  • Pre-conference day/events, preferably with optional separate registration

What the Hosting Site is Responsible For

  • Since there is no legal Code4Lib entity, the hosting site must provide a fiscal sponsor for signing any necessary contracts for space or hotel rental. From a legal point of view, the sponsor is putting on the conference with Code4Lib branding. This institution is responsible for gathering sponsorship and registration funds and then transferring them to next year's host. The hosting site may choose to contract with other entities as necessary to fulfill these responsibilities.
  • Managing the program planning process (scheduling and arranging the presentation application and voting process, etc.) Prior years have used a voting mechanism tied to the Code4Lib website (e.g., this); the same system may be used for subsequent conferences.
  • Arranging evening networking opportunities (e.g., interesting and/or good restaurants and bars and/or events)
  • Leading the effort to sign on conference sponsors (various members of the community are expected to volunteer to help sign up sponsors

What the Conference Planning Groups are Responsible For

These items are the responsibility of the Code4Lib Conference planning group (anyone on the conference planning list, which is open to anyone), but the conference host is often actively involved with these aspects as well:

  • Participating in garnering conference sponsors
  • Assisting with conference planning tasks

See also: How to Plan a Code4LibCon and the wiki for various pages used for previous conferences

Code4Lib Conference Hosting

If you wish to host a Code4Lib Conference in your community, please review this information before applying.

Desirable Qualities of a Hosting Site

  • Small college or university town (why? "amenities", my friend, amenities)
  • Reasonably near a major airport (we are prepared to interpret this liberally if the other qualifications are strong
  • Good evening venues (e.g., interesting and/or good restaurants and bars)
  • A host or hosts willing to manage local arrangements (many colleges and universities are skilled at facilitating conferences)

2007 Code4Lib Conference

The Conference Schedule links to pages for each talk as well as to a Lightning Talk page, which has links to presentation slides and video when they are available.

code4lib 2007 is...

  • building on the great success of code4lib 2006!
  • a loosely structured camp/conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations

Code4Lib conference

The Code4Lib conference was born in a chatroom discussion in November 2005*. code4lib members quickly coalesced around the idea, and Jeremy Frumkin stepped forward to host it at Oregon State University. It was such a success that the code4lib community has continued hosting the conference annually.

2006 code4lib Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, February 15

Building a library IM bot. As suggested by Ed Vielmetti, it would be handy to provide bots that patrons can add as buddies to their AIM, MSN, or Yahoo IM accounts. Features might include:

  • catalogue searching
  • library hours
  • my account information (at least display it, and maybe renew books too?)
  • contact information for circ desks, liaison librarians etc.
  • forward a reference question to a librarian IM account

Developing unAPI and w/unAPI
Discuss open issues on the spec and prepare a revision for release on 2/16 (day 2 of code4lib). Also a good time to learn more about what it can do for you, and to try implementing it, too! -dchud

code4lib 2006 presentations will be available

We will be recording the code4lib 2006 presentations. Check back here for updates - we will try and get the presentations up as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: Most likely, the audio recordings will not be up until shortly after the conference (the facility's recording equipment is analog only, hence the delay to convert the recordings into digital format).

planet update

The code4lib planet has been updated to include flickr, technorati and delicious 'code4lib' tags. Of course the unalog support has been there for a while. If you are attending code4lib and you'd like to have your blog included please email ehs at pobox dot com.

Weather in Corvallis for Code4lib

For those attending code4lib, Corvallis is going to be a bit cool to cold, depending from where you are from. The forecast calls for highs in the low 40's at tops, and lows in the lower 30's or even upper 20's. The good news is that at the moment, it is supposed to be fairly dry Wednesday through Friday, though expect rain on Tuesday. The bad news is that the rain/dry forcast can quickly change. We do have a shuttle from the hotel to the restaurants / bars for each evening's social time, just in case.

conference wiki

Jeremy has set up a wiki where you can sign up for lightning talks and add/edit breakout session ideas. Yeah, there is a page here at code4lib.org too, but we've copied over the existing entries from there. The wiki should be more flexible for collaboration once the conference starts.

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