Welcome to Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic, a Philadelphia Area/Tri-State chapter of the Code4Lib organization.
Our next event will be an informal meetup on April 24th at Temple University. More details 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. April, May and June 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 2:1 host schedule -- i.e for every two events hosted in Philadelphia, 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 somethign 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.
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).
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.
Our next meeting will be on April 24th at Temple University (see Upcoming Events above).
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.
Inquiries or general comments can be directed to David Uspal at davidDOTuspalATvillanovaDOTedu