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 as the official hotel. 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
    • Walking Directions (from Hotel to Library): | .5 Miles, approx 10 minutes. Head South on M.A.C Avenue and cross East Grand River at an intersection or crosswalk--this is a busy street. You are now on campus! Just ahead and to your right is the MSU Union. Follow the sidewalk along Grand River keeping MSU Union on your left until you come to Abbot Rd. Cross Abbot Rd. and take a left to follow the sidewalk along Abbot. To your right is Campbell Hall and to your left is, yes, MSU Union. Ahead you will see much confusion. West Circle Drive, the major circuit in this section of campus, is under heavy construction. You're goal here is to cross West Circle Drive, no easy task. If you have followed Abbot Rd. then you should see a detour sign directly across West Circle that heads into the campus mall. Unfortunately for you the campus mall is a maze of sidewalks and enormous trees. Head south towards the Music Building. If you keep the Music Building on your right and Beaumont Tower on your left then you are heading south. To add to the confusion, you are in the middle of a circle drive--so you're going to be looking again for West Circle Drive. MSU Library is a huge brick building with green windows and two fountains out front.
  • 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.


Tuesday, July 24

Coffee and schmooze-time (9:00am - 9:30am)

Get your name badge, drink some coffee, eat a snack, and meet some library nerds. Or cower in the corner in fear. Your call.

Lightning Talks (9:30am - 10:30am):

  • Erin Fisher: Makerspaces: What are they and why should they live in libraries?
  • Matthew Reidsma: Guerrila analytics - uncovering user behavior with javascript and sneakery.
  • Margaret Heller: What works for intranets and what doesn't (may be a hackfest question as well)

Talks (10:30am - 12:00pm)

  • Eric Echeverri and Noah Botimer: Devise Authentication for Rails (for beginners)
  • M Ryan Hess: Web Services project management and reporting using a custom-built Zoho ticketing application.

Lunch (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

This is where you eat food.

Hackfest (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Pitch an idea you can work to solve in 3 hours or so, or join with someone else who has a project. Stuck on something at work? Find a buddy here to help you. Want to make something new and fun? Here's your chance for free labor. We'll have a hackfest idea basket at morning coffee, or you can leave your ideas on the wiki. Of course, you can also just show up with your idea. We're not the boss of you.

  • Francis Kayiwa: Bring your CSS voodoo and dress up my ugly XTF interface.
  • Francis Kayiwa: Bring your CSS voodoo and dress up my Serial Solutions. (notice the trend? :-))
  • Margaret Heller: Learn how to do some more stuff with Facebook (https://developers.facebook.com/docs/guides/web/). I know, I know, Facebook is terrible. But literally every computer in my library has Facebook up on the screen while the student writes a paper on his or her laptop. (Seriously).
  • Margaret Heller: Make some bookmarklets (not sure what yet)
  • Margaret Heller: Make some cool augmented reality stuff (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aurasma-lite/id432526396?mt=8 as an example)

Social Outing (6:00pm? - can be moved earlier)

Dinner and such at Harpers' for those who are around.

Wednesday, July 25

Coffee and schmooze-time/frantic hackfest finish time (9:00am - 9:30am)

Seriously? We did this yesterday. You should know what to do.

Lightning talks and Hackfest share (9:30am - 12:00pm)

  • Ken Irwin: Virtual Presentation via video: Deluxe screen-scraping with DOM parsing
  • Dave Widmer: Object-oriented CSS
  • Francis Kayiwa: Giving XTF an Admin interface
  • M Ryan Hess: UnLibGuiding LibGuides - Using JQuery and CSS with Campus Guides to make LibGuides a real Web CMS
  • Kelly Sattler: Conversation starter: how do you plan a website redesign so that you're up-to-date when it's done and not behind?

Let us know what you built/brainstormed for hackfest. If it works, give us a demo. If you're stuck, we'll all pitch in to solve the problem.

Lunch (12:00pm - 1:30pm)

I think we are going to walk somewhere?

More Talks (1:30pm - done)

  • Kyle Felker: Gamification Basics (30 mins + Q&A)
  • Matthew Reidsma: Dead-simple version control for your team with Git.


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

  • Margaret Heller, mheller@dom.edu, Dominican University
  • 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
  • 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)]
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Joshua Neds-Fox, jnf@wayne.edu, Wayne State University
  • Elliot Polak, elliot.polak@wayne.edu Wayne State University
  • Graham Hukill, graham.hukill@wayne.edu, Wayne State University
  • Leah Black, blackl@mail.lib.msu.edu, Michigan State University
  • Christine Tobias, tobiasc@msu.edu, Michigan State University
  • Jenny Brandon, jbrandon@msu.edu, Michigan State University
  • Emily Sanford, sanfor79@msu.edu, Michigan State University.
  • Patrick Roth, rothpa@gvsu.edu, Grand Valley State University
  • Kim Pierce, piercek@mail.lib.msu.edu, Michigan State University [Tuesday only]
  • Nathan Collins, colli372@mail.lib.msu.edu, Michigan State University [Tuesday only]
  • Stephen Schrauger, schraug1@mail.lib.msu.edu, Michigan State University [Tuesday only]
  • Eric Echeverri, ericeche@umich.edu, University of Michigan
  • Ben Reiter, reiterbe@mail.lib.msu.edu, Michigan State University
  • Noah Botimer, ???, University of Michigan
  • Ryan Eby, ryaneby at gmail, AADL (tentative)
  • Jeremy Friesen, jfriesen@nd.edu, University of Notre Dame
  • Sheryl Cormicle Knox, knoxs@cadl.org, Capital Area District Library (Lansing, MI public library) [just Tuesday through lunch]
  • Erin Fisher, fisherin@gvsu.edu, Grand Valley State University
  • Megan O'Neill, moneill@albion.edu, Albion College

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