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


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    • Use this to chat about local issues, propose meetings, and let us know about local events.
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Fall 2019 Meeting

Getting to Northwestern University Libraries

Northwestern University Libraries is located at 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. The meeting will take place in the Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge. Please see here for directions to the Libraries:

Public Transit

You can reach the library by the Foster Purple Line stop, or the #201 CTA bus.


General parking and travel information is available here: The closest pay-on-site parking is available at the #211 South Campus Parking Garage:

Event Organizers

  • Adam Arling:
  • Chris Diaz:

Spring 2019 Meeting

Getting to UIC

The Richard J. Daley Library is located at 801 S. Morgan St. The meeting will take place in room 1-470, which is in the northwest corner of the first floor. Please see here for more on directions to UIC: and you can find information on Public Transit and Parking below

Public Transit

You can reach the library by the UIC-Halsted Blue Line stop or the #8, #7, #157 or #60 buses.


There are several visitor parking lots available including ones at 760 W. Taylor (Halsted & Taylor). For more information on parking, including rates & fees, please see the UIC Parking site:

Spring 2019 Happy Hour

  • Friday, April 12th, 2019
  • Tapster, 2027 W. North Avenue (right near the Damen Blue Line stop)

Spring 2018 Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, 9am-5pm
  • American Theological Library Association 300 S. Wacker Chicago, IL 8th floor Meeting Room.

Register for the event. Space is limited to 40 seats.

Sign up to give a "Lightning+" Talk or Presentation. Slots of 5, 10, 15, and 20 minutes are available. We are gathering ideas for discussion topics and break out sessions here.

Getting to ATLA

Public Transit

Accessible by CTA trains: Take the Blue Line to the LaSalle or Clinton stop or the Pink, Brown, Orange, Purple Quincy/Wells stop.


Public parking is available. View a map with nearby parking.

Schedule (Tentative)

* 8:30 assemble / coffee
* 9:00-9:15 start / welcome
* 9:15 - 9:45 Go around the room introductions and Successes & Struggles
* 9:45 - 10:30: Lightning+ Talks  Sign up
* 10:30 - 10:45: Break
* 10:45 - 12:00: 
* 12-2:00 Lunch
* 2:00- 3:30 - more Lightning+ Talks, Possibly a Panel discussion
* 3:30 -  3:45: Break
* 3:45 -  4:30: Breakout sessions
* 4:30  Wrap up
* Time TBD (~5PM-~8PM): Meetup possibly at Plymouth Grill (open to suggestions)

Spring 2016 Meeting

  • Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 9am-5pm
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Paul V. Galvin Library. 35 W. 33rd St. Chicago, IL Upper level - north end.

Register for the event. Space is limited to 50 seats. Sign up to give a "Lightning+" Talk. Slots of 5, 10, 15, and 20 minutes are available.

Getting to Galvin

Public Transit

Accessible by CTA trains: Take the Red Line to the Sox/35th stop or the Green Line to the 35th/Bronzeville/IIT stop.

At either stop, exit at the North end of the platform to decrease your walking time. The #29 bus also has a stop close to the library at 33rd Street.


Visitor parking is available. View locations and fees. Lot B5 is the closest visitor lot to the library. Alternatively, there should be ample free parking along Michigan Avenue (which is one-way southbound) and Indiana Avenue (one-way northbound) between 31st and 34th streets.

Note: The White Sox are playing a double header that day-do NOT park west of the freeway near the ballpark or you'll be towed.

Note #2: If you're driving to campus but want to go to lunch with a group, be sure to have a CTA pass as we'll most likely take the train to Chinatown.


 8:30 -  9:00: Registration Note: we'll have juice and water out, but if you need your coffee, 
               you should stop before you come into the library; there's a Starbucks at 3506 S. State St.
 9:00 -  9:15: Welcome and housekeeping
 9:15 - 10:30: Lightning+ Talks  Sign up
10:30 - 10:45: Break and visit with the Open Collaboration Data Factories group, who will also be working in the library. 
               Coffee and donuts graciously provided by Dr. Libby Hemphill and IIT's Collective Action and Social Media Lab
10:45 - 12:00: Lightning+ Talks  
12:00 -  2:00: Group Photo/Lunch -- View restaurant recommendations from IIT staff (
 2:00 -  2:15: Group activity
 2:15 -  3:30: Breakout sessions
                  Data Visualization led by Allan Berry
                  UX/Design Thinking led by Christine McClure
                  Institutional Repositories led by Paul Go
 3:30 -  3:45: Break
 3:45 -  4:30: Breakout sessions
 4:30 -  4:45: Wrap up; select next meeting

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.

Feedback Form

Here's a Google Form to collect your opinions about this event. It's anonymous and the results are public: for all of our benefit, to make the next meeting of this group better. Please fill it out.



  • 8:30
    assemble / coffee
  • 9:00
    start / welcome
    schedule remaining lightning talks
    vote and assign rooms for breakout sessions
  • 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
    Using LibCal for Library Hours--the easy way and the hard way
    Margaret Heller, Loyola University Chicago
  • 9:20-9:25
    Using the OCLC API to Address the Challenge of Special Collections Backlog
    Brittany Adams, Wheaton College
  • 9:25-9:30
    Metadata Hopper Overview
    Tracy Seneca, UIC
  • 9:35-9:40
    Automatic Classification in Metadata Hopper
    Kate Flynn, Chicago Collections/UIC
  • 9:40-9:45
    Catholic Portal
    Eric Lease Morgan, University of Notre Dame
  • 9:45-9:50
    Capturing Tables of Content data from non-OCLC sources
    David Malone and Brittany Adams, Wheaton College
  • 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
  • 10:55-11:00
    Creating Simple Event Displays from an RSS Feed using JavaScript
    Paul Keith, Chicago Public Library
  • 11:00-11:05
    On EAD
    Esther Verreau, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 11:05-11:10
    TopicHub: identify content of interest in one repository and deposit it in another
    Jeremy Prevost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 11:10-11:15
    Building History: exploring campus history with Neatline and Omeka
    Adam Strohm, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • 11:15-11:20
    Garage Sessions: Automating deployment of CUNY's DH Box at the UWM Libraries' DH Lab
    Ann Hanlon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 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
    • Orange: 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
  • Rooms are still in flux; they will depend upon interest.

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.

User Experience breakout

  • Card Sorts and Accessibility and WIreframes Oh My!
  • Got some websites you want to analyze for good UI/UX? Bring a list of URLs!
  • Tara Wood will lead.


  • -

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.

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).
  • There are several parking lots available (marked on the above map).
  • Parking works like this:
    • We have some 25 parking passes available for free parking: first come, first served. Otherwise parking will cost $13 for a full day.
    • Make sure you park in a UIC-branded lot with a person on duty. When you enter, a machine will give you a ticket/receipt.
    • Upon check-in at the Daley Library, I'll give you a sticker which you can attach to your receipt.
    • At the end of the day, when you leave, hand this receipt/sticker to the attendant on duty. They should just wave you through.

Getting to UIC

  • Public Transit: Take the Blue Line west from the Loop; get off at the UIC-Halsted stop. Exit via Morgan Street (to your right as you exit the train). Walk south. The library will be on the left after you cross Harrison Street (address: 801 S Morgan St).
  • More information on visiting UIC, including (better) mass-transit directions

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