Code4lib Mid-Atlantic

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Welcome to Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic, a Philadelphia Area/Tri-State chapter of the Code4Lib organization.

Upcoming Events

The next meeting of Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic will be a day-long conference on October 16 at Falvey Library, Villanova University, as part of the "Tech Superfecta," a week-long series of four tech conferences held at Falvey Library.

Visit the Tech Superfecta Page for more information about Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic and the other conferences during that week.

Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic 2013 Schedule of Events

The following is the current schedule for the events on October 16, 2013:

 9:30 – 10:00   Registration and Coffee Time (Coffee and Pastries available)
 10:00 – 10:15  Introduction
 10:15 – 10:45  Chad Nelson, Modern Development Best Practices : Testing, Continuous Integration & Automated Builds
 10:45 – 11:15  David Uspal and Chris Hallberg, Bootcamp – A Primer on Responsive Design
 11:15 – 11:30  Break
 11:30 – 12:00  Katherine Lynch, Omeka_a11y: Developing for Digital Exhibits with Accessibility in Mind
 12:00 – 1:00   Lunch (Provided)
 1:00 – 1:30    Beverly D. Charlot, Gaming: Engaging Students through Library Research
 1:30 – 2:00    Denise Mangold, Monitoring Systems for Maximum Efficiency and Quick Response to Issues
 2:00 – 2:15    Breakout Planning
 2:15 – 3:30    Breakout
 3:30 – 3:45    Breakout Reporting
 3:45 – 4:15    Lightning Talks
 4:15 – 4:30    Closing Remarks
 5:00           Dinner at Gullifty’s (on your own)

Talk descriptions and speaker bios coming soon.


The official kick off of the chapter occurred on October 17th, 2012 at the Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic conference. As with the main code4lib organization, the goal of the Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic is to connect librarians, hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators in the Philadelphia and greater Tri-State area (and if you're further out, that's cool too).

Sign up for the Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic Google Group as we work out the details there for future meetings and activities.

Call for Volunteers

We're looking for volunteers, both for general long-term organizational duties and to help plan future events. Positions that we know we need include a social media expert, an IRC guy/gal, and a social functions organizer. We also need volunteers to help us with needs we as yet don't know we need (and feel free to identify them). If you're interested in helping the chapter, sign up for the Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic Google Group and post what you'd be interested in. We're a friendly bunch so don't be afraid to jump right in.

Host a Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic Meetup

As well as volunteers, we're definitely looking for future hosts for our Last Wednesday of the Month meet-ups. May, June and October 2013 are currently earmarked, but we're open after that. Typically, we meet in a conference room for one to two hours (having a projector and laptop/computer on hand recommended) and adjourn to a local restaurant or bar for a social hour. If you're interested in hosting, contact David Uspal and he'll get you on the calendar.

To keep us "regionally diverse", we're trying to keep on a 3:1 (previously 2:1, since updated) host schedule -- i.e for every three events hosted in Philadelphia (the gravitational center of this region), we'd like to get one outside the city as well. As such, we're especially looking for hosts outside the Center City Philadelphia area.

So far, our informal meet-ups have been "Quaker Style", aka anyone who has something to say gets up and presents (no formal time limits, but keeping it 10-15 minutes to be polite.) Feel free to plan your future meetup in this fashion or feel free to experiment with the formula. We're an easy-going bunch, so feel free to has as you'd like.

Past Conferences

For the October 17th kickoff meeting, the conference was located at Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University, and was held as part of the series of tech conferences, nicknamed the "Tech Trifecta", held at Falvey Library over the week of October 15th, 2012. Video, slide presentations, and abstract pages from this event coming soon(tm).

Our first informal meetup was held at the end of November at the Landmark Americana in University City.

January 20th, 2013 saw us meeting at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

April 24th, 2013 saw us meeting at Samuel L. Paley Library, Temple University.

May 29th, 2013 saw us meeting at the Jenkins Law Library in Philadelphia.

June 26th, 2013 saw us meeting for a tour of Hive4A, a coworking/makerspace in Allentown, PA.

August 28th, 2013 saw us meeting at Samuel L. Paley Library, Temple University.

October 16, 2013 will see us meeting at Falvey Library at Villanova as part of the "Tech Superfecta" series of tech conferences.

Governance & Contact Info

Because we're an informal group who share a common interest, there's no real Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic governance per-say. Decisions about meet-ups and activities generally work with someone pitching an idea on the mailing list. Therein, if you have an idea for a project, improvement or activity for the group, just send off a quick email to the Google Group, and before you know it, you'll most likely be "head" of said idea or activity. We're a good place to be an Experimentational Clearinghouse(tm), so don't hold back with ideas...

With this in mind, we want to structure the regional meetings to tailor to what the community wants -- be it more formal meetings with talks, roundtables, etc or just evening informal meetups at a downtown pub. To this end, we want to hear from YOU (you've read this far, so you must be interested). To be heard, just contact David Uspal or jump onto the mailing list and send a post with your ideas.