2013 Code4Lib Midwest Conference

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Code4Lib Midwest 2012


Code4Lib MidWest meeting will be held at Michigan State University Libraries


  • Lodging
    • We have blocked off 30 rooms for 7/23 & 7/24 at the East Lansing Marriott. These rooms are at a discounted rate, and are held on a first come first served basis. Reservations must be booked by June 23rd or the rooms will be released back to the public.
      • Use the this link to book your stay, or call and mention the event code "LIBLIBA"
      • NOTE: if you use the link, make sure to uncheck "My Dates Are Flexible"
    • Here is a list of alternative hotels, with notes on distance and transportation to MSU: http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/cotravel/hotels_msulocal.aspx
  • Transportation
    • Train: East Lansing Train Station -- Amtrak
    • Bus: East Lansing Train Station -- Greyhound
    • Air: Lansing Capital City Airport (LAN) is the closest airport with connections through Detroit, Chicago, Cincinatti, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. However, there are a number of airports that you can fly into to reach the East Lansing area, including:
      • Lansing Capital City Airport (LAN) in Lansing, MI
      • Detroit Metro International Airport (DTW) in Detroit, MI
        • The Michigan Flyer provides bus service between the Detroit Metro International Airport and East Lansing. It drops off and picks up directly at the East Lansing Marriott.
  • Entertainment
    • Check out the Google Map for some nearby eats n' drinks: http://g.co/maps/dbnzp
      • Woody's Oasis -- Good Mediterranean
      • Crunchy's -- Good appetizers and microbrews
      • Beggar's -- Pub fare and a good tap
      • Stateside -- Heaping deli sandwiches
      • Five Guys -- Burgers!
      • Brueggar's -- Bagels
      • Cosi -- Decent lunch spot
      • Noodles & Company -- You guessed it.
      • Potbelly's -- Right on the corner, grab n' go sandwiches
      • Omi -- Sushi
      • Sushi ya -- More Sushi
      • Bell's Pizza -- Pizza
      • Georgio's Pizza -- More Pizza


Share what you are working on! We are looking for 10-15 minute lightning talks, 30-60 minute in-depth talks, and 90-minute workshops. We would also love to hear some ideas for an afternoon hackfest. Add your name and a description of your talk below to sign up, or throw out an idea for hackfest.

Lightning Talks

  • [can I do this virtually somehow? -- Ken Irwin - Deluxe screen-scraping with DOM parsing]
  • Francis Kayiwa - Giving XTF an Admin interface
  • UnLibGuiding LibGuides - Using JQuery and CSS with Campus Guides to make LibGuides a real Web CMS


  • Francis Kayiwa -How I learned to love, tame tolerate PHP
  • M Ryan Hess - Web Services project management and reporting using a custom-built Zoho ticketing application.


Hackfest ideas

Is your library facing a problem? Bring it to the hackfest and we'll work on some solutions. Remember! Hackfest topics don't need to be technical! We can work on solutions to hack organizational or political problems, too!


List your name, email address, and affiliation here to register for the meeting:

  • Margaret Heller, mheller@dom.edu, Dominican University
  • Amy Unger, aunger@library.wisc.edu, University of Wisconsin -- Madison
  • Matthew Reidsma, reidsmam@gvsu.edu, Grand Valley State University
  • Francis Kayiwa, kayiwa@MyUniNext, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ranti Junus, ranti.junus@gmail.com, Michigan State University
  • Aaron Collie, collie@msu.edu, Michigan State University
  • Lisa Rabey, lrabey@grcc.edu, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Jim LeFager jlefager@depaul.edu, DePaul University
  • Bill Dueber, dueberb@umich.edu, University of Michigan
  • Kyle Felker, felkerk@gvsu.edu, Grand Valley State University
  • [I will not be able to make it in person, but I would love to participate virtual to the extent possible: Ken Irwin, kirwin[at]wittenberg.edu, Wittenberg University (Ohio)]
  • Michael North, m-northwestern.edu, Northwestern University
  • M Ryan Hess, mhess8@depaul.edu, DePaul University
  • Mary Morgan, morganm@gvsu.edu, Grand Valley State University
  • Linda Ballinger, ballingerl at newberry.org, Newberry Library (Chicago)
  • Jason Colman, taftman@umich.edu, University of Michigan
  • Kelly Sattler, sattler9@msu.edu, Michigan State University
  • Esther Verreau, everreau@skokielibrary.info, Skokie Public Library
  • Dave Widmer, dwidmer@bgsu.edu, Bowling Green State University
  • Albert Bertram, bertrama@umich.edu, University of Michigan
  • Jeremy Morse, jgmorse@umich.edu, University of Michigan
  • Steve Meyer, steve_meyer@oclc.org, OCLC

Previous C4L Midwest Regional Meetings

Mailing list

For better or for worse, Code4Lib "Midwest" has low-traffic mailing list/Google group. Consider subscribing.