Code4lib Mid-Atlantic

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


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, a social functions organizer, and a kind soul to host/run our listserv. 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, list your name, email address, affiliation and area of interest here and I'll pull together a Skype chat in the near future:

  • David K Uspal, davidDOTuspalATvillanovaDOTedu, Villanova University, Guy who put the initial wiki entry together and official contact point for the 2012 conference
  • Tim Clarke, tclarkeATmuhlenbergDOTedu, Muhlenberg College, willing to help with anything
  • Scott Williams, scottwiATupennDOTedu, Penn Museum, willing to help with anything
  • Matt Zimmerman, mzimmermanATbrynmawrDOTedu, Bryn Mawr College, soft skills stuff (communications, organizing, cat herding, getting people to play nicely together)
  • Mark Wilhelm, markDOTwilhelmATthomsonreutersDOTcom, Thomson Reuters, willing to help with anything
  • Nico Carver, nicoATudelDOTedu, University of Delaware, Multimedia, A/V nerd, willing to help with anything
  • Leanne Finnigan, lfinnigaATmc3DOTedu, Montgomery County Community College, Can help with anything.

Also, a good channel to get information currently is the newly formed Google Group (information on this is in the about section above).

Past Conferences

Thanks to all who made the Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic kickoff conference a success! 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", being held at Falvey Library over the week of October 15th, 2012. Conferences held included the VuFind Summit 2012 (October 15th and 16th), Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic (October 17th), and VuStuff III (October 18th).


VuFind Summit 2012 (Oct 15th and 16th) -- The follow-up to 2010's 2.0 planning meeting will include detailed discussion of the new release and opportunities to network with other VuFind users.

Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic 2012 (Oct 17th) -- Code4Lib is a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology "stuff." The Mid-Atlantic conference is a kick-off for a Philadelphia Area/Tri-State chapter of the organization.

VuStuff III (Oct 18th) -- VuStuff is an annual conference on the intersections between technology and scholarly communication. It takes place every Fall at Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library. This year's conference, VuStuff III, will seek presentations from regional librarians on technology and scholarly communication in their respective libraries. We hope to foster an ongoing conversation among regional libraries, in order to further the development of technology in service of scholarly communication.


   * 8:00a - 9:00a    Coffee Hour (Light Refreshments provided)
   * 9:00a - 9:15a    Opening Remarks
   * 9:15a – 9:45a    GOKb, the Global Open Knowledge Base:  What it Builds On, and What It Can Help Build - John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania
   * 9:45a - 10:15a   Learning to Be Accessible: Programming for Web Accessibility through a Teaching and Learning Environment – Katherine Lynch, Drexel University
   * 10:15a - 10:30a  Break
   * 10:30a - 11:00a  Preparing Live CD/DVD for Integrating Koha ILS, GSDL/DSpace with Features of a Mail Server - Mohan Raj Pradhan, HealthNet
   * 11:00a – 11:30a  Inside the Kuali OLE Project – Michelle Suranofsky, Lehigh University
   * 11:30p - 12:00p  Complementary Flavors: REST Web Services and Object Oriented Programming - Karen Coombs, OCLC
   * 12:00p - 1:00p   Lunch (Provided)
   * 1:00p - 1:30p    Breakout Planning
   * 1:30p - 3:00p    Breakout Session
   * 3:00p - 3:30p    Breakout Session Discussion
   * 3:30p - 4:15p    Lightning Talks
   * 4:15p - 4:30p    Closing Remarks


For the upcoming 2012 conference, we're looking to mimic the national conference in format. After that, 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 (info below) or add your good ideas to the wiki below.

Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic Good Ideas List (name, email address, affiliation and idea):

  • David K Uspal, davidDOTuspalATvillanovaDOTedu, Villanova University, Make a Good Ideas List under the Governance heading

Contact Info

Inquiries or general comments can be directed to David Uspal at davidDOTuspalATvillanovaDOTedu