Ideas for 2013

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Code4Lib 2013 ideas


  1. Keep Super Bowl Sunday free
  2. Avoid snow and bitter cold!
  3. no breakout reports - many feel they are unnecessary - as long as notes go on wiki or someplace
  4. explicitly state that presentation with (most/least) votes will be on day 3, since so many people plan to leave early -- could affect their planning.
  5. Breakout sessions could be proposed and voted on prior to conference -- ad hoc breakouts didn't provide much interest to some of us.

Social Schedule

  1. Newcomer welcome on first night?
  2. Beer party needs a big enough space
  3. Have a reception in a museum or library, if possible
  4. Maybe some evening groups for music, shows, etc.


  1. If you do the preconferences in the main conference space (vs. in spread-out off-site spots), many people will expect breakfast or at least regular coffee/tea/soft-drink breaks throughout the day (so have them?)
  2. Is it possible to get a hot breakfast with/instead of continental?
  3. Consider Vegetarians / Vegans
  4. Decent lunch menu - not taco or spaghetti :-)
  5. Automated Testing
  6. Two words: Soft pretzels.

(Note: some attendees really like tacos and/or spaghetti, and think these are excellent lunch choices. YMMV.)


  • Use EventBrite--it's worth the admin money for the ease of use, and the reports that can be generated
  • Choose talks before registration


  • Men's and ladies sizes -- can it be done?
  • 100% cotton is worth it.
  • How about blind submissions to tee shirt vote? I.e., submitter name not associated with submissions during voting.
    • How about going blind from some t-shirt submissions?  ;-)

Suggestions from dchuds talk

  • less complacency from overall committee--less burden on local org committee
  • Advisory committee - made up of representatives from past hosts
  • Programming committee - don't have voting on talks
  • do work in the open
  • build on experience from past conferences
  • code4lib multicore
  • multi-track conference
  • support 500 people
  • make it more like PyCon

Other ideas

  • more regional c4l (but drop the "regional" suffix)
  • keep voting on programming!!!
  • Name tags should have irc handle as well as name; code{4}lib can be smaller; IRC handle and Name and Institution should be readable at a glance.
  • Announce scholarship winners the first day so that folks have a chance to meet them
  • microphones for audience
  • sign on podium "repeat the question"
  • mc tells each presenter how to use the mic effectively
  • Have one projection screen above or beside speaker so possible to view speaker and slides at the same time.
  • attendee list handouts should have name, institution, irc handle ... (preferably a sorted mapping from irc handle -> names, a sort by firstname, and maybe a sort by last name)