Code4Lib Chicago

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A "hyperlocal" Code4Lib chapter, which has been in existence since around 2010.


  • Google Group
    • Use this to chat about local issues, propose meetings, and let us know about local events.

Fall 2015 Meeting

  • November 23, 2015
  • Daley Library, UIC, Room 1-470
  • Watch this space for details.
  • Register via EventBrite
    At this point, all tickets are taken; you are welcome to sign up for the waitlist. Allan will let you know as soon as anyone cancels.


  • 8:30
    assemble / coffee
  • 9:00
    start / welcome
  • 9:15
    lightning talks (see below)
  • 10:30
  • 10:45
    lightning talks (continued)
    if lightning talks run short, we can commence with the Group Activity before lunch (see below)
  • 12:00
    group photo / lunch
  • 1:00
    library tour (Meet in 1-470)
  • 1:30
    Group activity; begin Breakout/Hackathon Sessions when complete (see below)
  • 2:30

Lightning Talks

  • If you have an idea, please sign up for a slot! These are quick, low-pressure talks, and you'll get good karma.
  • Examples of lightning talks given at the last national Code4Lib.
  • These are set as five minute slots, but at least a few will go over. So there's some flex time at the end.


  • 9:15-9:20
  • 9:20-9:25
  • 9:25-9:30
  • 9:35-9:40
  • 9:40-9:45
  • 9:45-9:50
  • 9:50-9:55
  • 9:55-10:00
  • 10:00-10:05
  • 10:05-10:10
  • 10:10-10:15


  • 10:45-10:50
    Distant reading of texts from the HathiTrust, JSTOR, and/or EEBO
    Eric Lease Morgan (Librarian-At-Large)
  • 10:50-10:55
    On EAD
    Esther Verreau, UIC
  • 10:55-11:00
    Creating Simple Event Displays from an RSS Feed using JavaScript
    Paul Keith, Chicago Public Library
  • 11:00-11:05
    Explore Chicago Collections
    Tracy Seneca and Kate Flynn, UIC
  • 11:05-11:10
    TopicHub: identify content of interest in one repository and deposit it in another
    Jeremy Prevost, MIT
  • 11:10-11:15
  • 11:15-11:20
  • 11:20-11:25
  • 11:25-11:30
  • 11:30-11:35
  • 11:35-11:40
  • 11:40-11:45

Group Activity

  • We're planning to try something a little different: a group mind-map, to warm up for the Breakout sessions.
  • Write down on the specified Post-It color (provided): Your name, and one of the following topics:
    • Green: the thing which made me most proud this week
    • Yellow: the library technology I'm most excited about right now
    • Pink: the most annoying thing about my library's website
    • Blue: something I'd like to see at the next Chicago Code4Lib meetup
  • Stick your post-it on the whiteboard in 1-470, close to another topic which you consider related. Please feel free to move other peoples' post-it notes around!
  • Now do another one! Do several!
  • Talk amongst yourselves.

Breakout/Hackathon Sessions

  • Up for debate: these are just some possible topics. We need four total.
  • If you have an idea, add it to the list! If we end up with more than four, we will conduct a straw poll to determine the most relevant/popular.
  • For inspiration, here is the list of pre-conference workshops at the last national Code4Lib

Meteor.js tutorial

  • In web dev circles, Meteor is the new hotness. It lets you make single-page apps which synchronize automatically between clients/users and the cloud/server. It also lets you kick out iOS and Android apps easily. It's pretty slick.
  • Let's get a Meteor.js installation up and running. We'll do this tutorial, at least as much as we can. Be prepared for things not to work; let's figure them out together!
  • No prior experience necessary, although familiarity with JavaScript will be useful.
  • Macintosh/Linux only, unless you have experience using Cygwin on Windows.
  • Allan Berry will lead (for better or worse)

Metadata/data hackathon

  • A discussion around tools and workflows for cleaning up messy data; bring your own data sets to work on if you like.
  • We will bring some metadata to share, but please bring your own if you have some! Messier the better!
  • Kate Flynn will lead.


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UIC Environs: Lunch and Parking

  • Lunch and parking map
  • Food options are mostly clustered in three places: Greektown (N of the freeway along Halsted), Taylor street (SW of campus), and University Village (S along Halsted).

Evening social

  • Join us at Jak's Tap at 5:00pm, for beer and further discussion!
    Jak's is within walking distance of UIC, a block or two north, across the freeway. Parking can be challenging up there, although meters are usually available on Jackson Blvd.

Getting to UIC

  • Public Transit: Take the Blue Line west from the Loop; get off at the UIC-Halsted stop. Walk south.
  • More information on visiting UIC, including (better) mass-transit directions
  • Parking in a UIC lot will cost $13 for a full day.
  • If you're driving, there are several parking lots available (marked on the above map); I recommend the one south of campus (1135 Morgan). Note that no streets connect Harrison with Taylor, including Morgan, between Racine and Halsted; to reach the south lot, come up Morgan from Roosevelt.

Circle Interchange difficulties

  • Circle Interchange (the confluence of I-90 and I-290 just NE of campus) construction is ongoing.
  • Construction is causing traffic havoc nearby, especially near the corner of Harrison and Halsted. The Harrison bridge over I-90 doesn't currently exist. Best to avoid this area if possible.
  • The Morgan street exit from I-290 has been closed for some time. According to IDOT:
    • Exiting access is prohibited from Westbound I-290/Congress Parkway
    • From Southbound I-90/94 - exit Adams Street
    • From Northbound I-90/94 - exit Ashland Avenue, backtrack east via Jackson Boulevard or Harrison Street