2017 Code4Lib Midwest Meeting

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Klarchek Information Commons, 4th floor

Loyola University Chicago

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Registration available at http://libcal.luc.edu/event/3200163. There is no cost to register.



Chicago is served by Midway Airport and O'Hare International Airport, Amtrak, and bus lines. O'Hare is closer to campus. If using public transportation, from O'Hare take the Blue Line downtown and transfer to the northbound Red Line; for Midway take the Orange Line downtown and transfer to the northbound Red Line.

More information on travel to campus


Hampton Inn Chicago North-Loyola Station This newly constructed hotel is on campus, and within a block of the Red Line. We do not have a room block.

Wireless internet

Loyola is a member of Eduroam, and public wireless is available on campus.


Breakfast will be included on April 26. Lunch and dinner will be local dinearounds.

Getting There/Parking

You are highly encouraged to take public transportation if possible; the Red Line Loyola stop is on campus. Parking is available for $7. Parking and transit information

Eat, Drink, Do Fun Things

Google Map with a few dining suggestions near campus

Other Questions?

Contact Margaret Heller at mheller1@luc.edu


April 26, 9-5 April 27, 9-12

Note that the BitCurator Users Forum 2017 takes place on April 27 and 28, so those attending that may choose to attend only on April 26

Detailed schedule, April 26 & 27

Detailed Schedule (subject to change during the day)

Outline of April 26

8:30-9:00: Check-in and breakfast

9:00-9:15: Welcome and introductory remarks

9:15-10:15: Introductions / Successes / Struggles
One of the strengths of Code4Lib is our willingness to share experience and learn from each other. As an experiment, we will go around the room. Introduce yourself and give an example of (1) something you are proud of and (2) something you are struggling with. We hope that this will stimulate ideas for breakout topics and informal conversations.

10:15-10:30: Break

10:00-11:30 Lightning Talks/presentations

11:30-1:00 Lunch (Sign up)

1:00-2:30 Presentations/ Breakouts (4) (post-breakout lightning talks to report back)

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:30 Presentations

Time TBD (~5PM-~8PM): Meetup at Cary's Lounge This bar is an easy bus ride from campus, and near many great dining options.

Outline of April 27

8:30-9:00: Check-in

9:00-10:30 Presentations and/or lightning talks

10:30-10:45 Break

11:00-12:00 Wrap-up | Notes

Programming Sign-up

Code4Lib Midwest programming depends on the folks attending the conference. Please consider giving a presentation or lightning talk, or submitting your ideas for a hackfest/breakout session.

Share what you are working on! Add your name and a description below. Please also let us know how long you'll need (10 or 20 minutes), and whether you prefer Wednesday or Thursday (or if it doesn't matter). Contact Ryan Wick (ryanwick@gmail.com) with your preferred username to set up a Code4Lib wiki account. If you don't have a wiki account and don't want to sign up for one, please email mheller1@luc.edu.


Digitizing World War One Music with the Illinois State Library and Pritzker Military Museum - Andrew Bullen, Illinois State Library

I can talk about this program and how we use optical musical recognition to make “playable” MP3 files for the tunes.

Digital Preservation at Loyola University Chicago - Margaret Heller and Asmina Akram, Loyola University Chicago

We made the vended choice for digital preservation, but what does that actually mean in practice? W or Th 10 minutes

Library Website Redesign Panel Discussion - Various

In 2016, several Chicago-area libraries redesigned their websites. This panel will discuss the different processes they went through and results.

Towards a Linked Data workflow - Tod A. Olson, University of Chicago

The U. Chicago Library is experimenting with acting as a producer and consumer of linked data. I will discuss a pilot project involving centered around an existing collection of photographs.

Search Experience at the University of Michigan Library - Jon Earley, University of Michigan

Our newest search tool aims to greatly improve the discoverability and accessibility of our enormous volume of resources by bringing our complex siloed resources together and make them easily searchable in one interface. This presentation will focus on front-end technology decisions and architecture, why we decided to build this discovery interface, the overall strategic direction, and a demo of the beta application. W, 20 minutes

Omeka to Scalar Transition - Matt Krc, Newberry Library

Computational Archival Science: Highlights from the 2016 CAS Workshop (Slides) - Robert J. Sandusky, University of Illinois at Chicago

The workshop Computational Archival Science: Digital Records in the Age of Big Data was held at the IEEE Big Data conference in Washington, D.C. in December 2016. This presentation will highlight some of the themes that emerged from the presentations, papers, posters, and discussions at the workshop. A related breakout session will allow code4lib Midwest attendees share what they're doing computationaly and what they need to scale up and improve accessibility, discoverability, and processing of archives and records. W, 20 minutes

Partners in History - Gayle Porter, Chicago State University

Lightning Talks

Have something cool to share but you don't want to be in front of the room for more than 5 minutes? Lightning talks are for you. 5 minute max. Sign up now or at the conference:

  • UIC Mini-DAMS part 1: Where we started - Tracy Seneca
  • UIC Mini-DAMS part 2: Where we’re at - Esther Verreau
  • Chicago Building Permits - Tracy Seneca
  • C4L Journal Call for Editors - Carol Bean

Breakout Sessions

Actual breakout sessions presented and locations will be determined on April 26. Please propose an idea here if you are willing to facilitate a discussion on a topic.

Moving Toward the Computational Archive Facilitated discussion around questions like:

  1. How are you using automation or computational approaches to improve archival practice?
  2. What opportunities have you considered / identified regarding computational approaches to archiving?
  3. What is needed to develop and move toward implementation of computational approaches to archival practice?
  4. What is computational provenance and do archives need it? (See Blockchain and PROV)

Margaret Heller and Bob Sandusky. Here are the breakout session notes for Moving Toward the Computational Archive.

Building a site with Jekyll Kate Flynn and Allan Berry.

Hackathon Pedagogies for In-Class Use Bethany McGowan

Code of Conduct

Code4Lib seeks to provide a welcoming, fun, and safe community and conference experience and ongoing community for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Discriminatory language and imagery (including sexual) is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, or any community channel such as the chatroom or mailing list. Harassment is understood as any behavior that threatens another person or group, or produces an unsafe environment. It includes offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religious beliefs, sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online), deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.


Read and contribute to our full Code of Conduct document on GitHub