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Welcome to the home of the new Ontario/Canada chapter of Code4Lib. Our aim is to create more opportunities for Code4Lib folks in the Ontario/Quebec/Manitoba/Northeast USA area to meet up in person.

Mailing list

Want to participate in Code4Lib North meetups and receive "North"-oriented Code4Lib announcements? Join the code4lib mailing list. (The code4lib-north mailing list was discontinued.)

Code4lib North Meetups in Toronto

Purpose: To connect with other code4libbers in the area and start building a code4lib community in Toronto, Ontario. (blatantly copied from the Ottawa group)
Hashtag: #code4libTO also used: the general #code4lib

Next Meetup

The next meetup is to encourage collaboration between different libraries to do a presentation or workshop together! It will also be a great opportunity to brainstorm possible hackfest ideas as well. You can of course just come to hang out and chat too.

As this will be a drop in session, no reservations are needed, just show up! Hope to see you there

When: Friday, April 19, 5-7pm Where: Mozilla Toronto, 5th floor, 366 Adelaide West

Suggested beery place to gather afterwards: Town Crier Pub at 115 John St (just 3 blocks away)

Past Meetups

The first meetup was a simple social meetup on June 21, 2012. The idea is that other meetups will have presentations/talks to be had either before or during.

August 14, 2012 - Cool Tool Day

December 13, 2012 - Talk Notes

Code4lib North Meetups in Ottawa

Purpose: To connect with other code4libbers in the area and start building a code4lib community in Ottawa, Ontario

Next Meetup

Theme: Meet, and share your favourite Library technology

Date: Tuesday April 30th, 2013, 5:30PM

Location: Fox and Feather Pub, 283 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON (map)

RSVP: You can RSVP on code4lib Ottawa Meetup page

Past Meetups

The inaugural code4lib Ottawa meetup occurred on March 28, 2012 and was a simple meet-and-greet at a local pub. Since then, we try to combine this social event with some short interesting talks. Here is what we have learned about in recent meetups:

June 13, 2012 - Lightning Talks

Description of Talk
Devin Crawley from the Ottawa Public Library gave us a quick preview of the API to their BiblioCommons catalogue. The API will be publicly available this fall.
William Wueppelmann talked about what's going on at and how they host and manage their huge digital collection and their efforts to achieve certification as a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR).
Mary Beth Baker spoke about the local tech scene in Ottawa and got us to consider the potential for collaboration with other groups.

April 24, 2012 - Show and Tell Session

Presenter Description of Talk
Max Neuvians : An approach to Twitter data visualization, archiving, and the larger narrative.
Richard Akerman Richard Akerman and Mary Beth Baker are organizing a Reading Garden at the upcoming Canadian Library Association conference. They are seeking advice on how to provide wireless access. Anyone with ideas is encouraged to get in touch with them.
Warren Layton A quick demo of LibraryBox, a wireless filesharing device, which may have interesting applications in government and other libraries where IT restrictions can limit network use.

Code4lib North Meetups in Edmonton

Purpose: To connect with other code4libbers in the area and start building a code4lib community in Edmonton, Alberta.

Inaugural Meetup

The inaugural meetup of Code4Lib North - Edmonton will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:00pm at The Underground, 10004 Jasper Ave, Edmonton. This will be a simple meet-and-greet to gauge interest levels for Code4Lib North in Edmonton. Everyone is welcome!

Fourth Meeting: Ryerson University, May 23rd and 24th, 2013



This year we are proposing an un-theme for the un-conference: computational thinking, inspired by Jonathan Rochkind's blog post:


Registration through EventBrite:


When and Where

Dates: May 23rd and 24th, 2013
Times: 9am - 4pm

7th Floor, Heaslip House
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Ryerson University
297 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario

Located: 1 block east of Yonge Street, just north of Dundas Street
Google Map:
Closest subway stop: Dundas Station


Attendance is free but lunch is not provided. Ryerson will provide wireless access as well as coffee in the morning.


To continue with the success of past C4LNs, the schedule will have talks in the morning and hackfests in the afternoon. We will finalize the speaking schedule Thursday morning but we will try to split the talks between the two days equally.

9:00 Welcome
9:20 Talks (5-20 minutes)
10:30 Break
Talks (5-20 minutes)
11:45 Lunch (on your own)
1:45 Workshop / hackfest
2:45 Break
Workshop / hackfest
4:30 End of day / socialize
9:00 Talks (5-20 minutes)
10:30 Break
Talks (5-20 minutes)
11:45 Lunch (on your own)
1:45 Workshop / hackfest
2:45 Break
Workshop / hackfest
4:00 End of day / socialize

Thursday Morning

Name Title Duration
Alan Harnum Computational Thinking 15 min
Alison Hitchens RDA - new MARC fields & other issues 20 min
MJ Suhonos MARC, XML, and JSON for non-coders 15 min
Cynthia Ng Making Accessible (Web) Services 10 min
Katie Legere Listen to your library - sonification of refstats data 15 min
Nick Ruest The Revolution Will Be Preserved 20 min

Thursday Afternoon

Name Title Session Type
Mike Ridley What should University Librarians/Chief Librarians know about library technology and library technologists? Discussion
Cynthia Ng Fail4lib Discussion
Dana Thomas Intro to (Scholars Portal) SFX Workshop?
Trina Grover New titles lists by subject Hackfest

Friday Morning

Name Title Duration
Andrew McAlorum, Gordon Belray, Ken Yang Digital Humanities Project Showcase: DEEDS & RPO Anthology 20 min
Steven Marsden Find your books fast! Ryerson Bookfinder 10 minutes
Bilal Khalid & Gordon Belray The Library in your pocket: Responsive Catalogue at UofT 15 minutes
David Fiander Comparing three ISBN APIs 15 min
David Fiander Using WebDav to add storage space to Zotero 5 minutes
John Fink Big Giant Box of Disks - mass storage on the cheap with Backblaze Pods 10 min
Tim Ribaric & Jonathan Younker Make your own Proxy? 15 minutes

Friday Afternoon

Name Title Session Type
MJ Suhonos Fun with NoSQL: MongoDB and ElasticSearch Workshop
Trina Grover RDA in RDF Hackfest
Tim Knight Converting MARC to RDF/XML; RDF Stores; SPARQL Endpoint Hackfest (to learn)

Organizational team / Contact


Delta Chelsea
Address: 33 Gerrard St.
General Reservation: 1-800-243-5732
Phone: 877-814-7706 / 416-595-1975
Rates: $149/night, (single or double)

Map - Approximately 5 minute walk from the Heaslip House

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street
Toronto ON, M4Y 1X7
General Reservation: 1-800-847-5075
Phone: 416-934-5598
Rates: $152/night, (single or double)

Map - Approximately 10 minute walk from the Heaslip House

Best Western Primrose Hotel Downtown Toronto
111 Carlton Street
Toronto ON, M5B 2G3
General Reservation: 1-800-937-8376
Phone: 416-977-8000
Rates: $149/night, (single or double)

Map - Approximately 10 minute walk from the Heaslip House

Ryerson University Residences
240 Jarvis Street
Toronto ON, M5B 2L1
General Reservation: 1-866-592-8882
Phone: 416-979-5296
Rates: $88/night, (single)

[1] / [2] - Approximately 3-7 minute walk from the Heaslip House


Closet parking is at 300 Victoria St, accessible only from the south (so turn in from Dundas St.)
Rate: $15/day
More information available on the Ryerson Parking website

Social Events

We have made the following lunch reservations for both Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 @ 12 noon. All reservations are under the name "Ryerson Library":

Salad King (Thai)
340 Yonge St
2 tables for 6

Queen and Beaver Pub (Gastropub)
35 Elm St
1 table for 6

Paramount (Middle Eastern/Lebanese)
253 Yonge St
2 tables for 4

Milestones @ AMC (American)
10 Dundas St E, 4th floor
1 table for 4

Evening Dinner/Social

Wednesday, May 23
(likely Queen and Beaver Pub)

Thursday, May 24
Elephant & Castle
378 Yonge St
Upper mezzanine for 20-25 @ 5pm

Food Nearby

A Google Map of some suggested places to eat near Ryerson, including price ranges, is available here:

Third Meeting: University of Windsor, May 24 and 25th, 2012

code4libnorth logo


The schedule has now been moved to an editable google doc at : otherwise known as:


This unconference runs on love... and the kindness of the Leddy Library who will provide : coffee, lunch, and wireless and the space

When and Where

Dates: May 24 and 25th, 2012 (it's on!)
Times: 9 am start time. 4 pm end time
Location: 4th Floor, Leddy Library, University of Windsor: Google Map:


The University offers rooms and suites for travellers, youth, and families seeking overnight, short or extended accommodations through its Conference Services: description of services provided. Use this Registration Form to book a room with Conference Services.

In addition, University of Windsor special visit rates may be available by calling the local number and asking for the University of Windsor rate at certain hotels (which shouldn't dissuade you from staying wherever you prefer):

Holiday Inn Select 1855 Huron Church Road, Windsor Tel: 1-800-465-4329 or 519-966-1200 (3 km from campus)
Hampton Inn & Suites 1840 Huron Church Road, Windsor Tel: 800-Hampton or 519-972-0770 (3 km from campus)
Quality Suites Downtown 250 Dougall Ave., Windsor Tel: 519-977-9707 (3 km from campus) (frequently used hotel for participants in Conifer hackfests)
Caesars Windsor 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor Tel: 800-991-8888 (3 km from campus)
The Windsor Riverside Inn 333 Riverside Dr. West Tel: 519-977-9777 (2 km from campus)
Travelodge Hotel Windsor Downtown Windsor 33 Riverside Dr. East Tel: 519-258-7774 (3 km from campus)

There are no bed and breakfasts in the immediate area but the Argyle and Olde Walkerville Bed and Breakfasts are a bus ride away.

Social Events

There's nothing formal planned but on Wednesday and Thursday nights, we'll try to informally coordinate places to have supper together.

I suggest that those around on Wednesday night meet up at the Rock Bottom Grill at 3236 Sandwich Street, Windsor. It will busy because it's "2 for 1 Wing Night" but it should be worth it.

For those who love experimental film, there is the Media City Film Festival taking place in Windsor and Detroit. Jason Scott aka textfiles will be speaking at the Ann Arbor Public Library on Wednesday night


We will be providing lunch and snacks. (please email organizers if you have a dietary restriction - we will be ordering vegetarian options but we want to make sure we have enough!)
Generally folks informally gather for supper.
Here are some of our nearby options: WindsorEats: Windsor West
But there is much more if we wander farther afield: WindsorEats
Near the university on Wyndotte Street are various Asian dining options including:

And here's a list of places that could probably fit 40 people:


A combination of 20 talks, 5 minute lightning talks, an Ask Anything session, workshops / hackfest time. We will try to find time for everyone who wants to present!
We have talks in the morning and hackfests in the afternoon. We will finalize the speaking schedule Thursday morning but we will try to split the talks between the two days equally.

20 minutes talks :: feel free to sign up

Name Title
Ted Lawless easyArticle - streamlining access to library materials with OpenURL, automated interlibrary loan submission, vendor APIs, Django/Python.
Mita Williams my sekret art project
John Fink and Warren Layton Embedded Hardware Hijinx
Alison Hitchens RDA for coders/systems folk presentation in Google Docs
Andrew McAlorum Our favorite jQuery modules for Drupal 7
David Fiander The state of the ebook marketplace
Dan Chudnov backplane
William Denton Having provocative fun with reference desk statistics in R

5 minutes talks :: feel free to sign up

Name Title
Nick Ruest Other Redmine uses
Tim Ribaric Circumvention using the Cloud? slides
Alison Hitchens #catcode: Cataloguers embrace Code Year slides on Google docs
Mita Williams "My god, it's full of stars! lists": building the library website that will incorporate Jamun.
Dan Chudnov occupy 1923
Graham Fawcett A Web-based video annotation tool (for peer review, possibly captioning, maybe for some nefarious library uses we haven't imagined)

20 or 40 minute workshops: each one teach one

a workshop you are willing to lead
  • Intro to Git, if demand warrants -- if not, no big deal (John Fink)
  • Environmental monitoring on the cheap (Doug Sartori)
  • (I program in a few languages, and could do a teaser-session on one of them if there's interest. Maybe Python, Haskell, Clojure or D?) (Graham Fawcett)
  • Intro to the Twitter API, including how one might use it to make a Twitter bot (Rick Scott)
a workshop of what you would love to attend
  • intro to IRC, meet zoia (Mita, Warren, Sarah, John F)
  • how to create a twitter bot (Mita, John F, David F)
  • intro to Git (Warren, Sarah, David F)

hackfest ideas :: scheme schemas

- build your own twitter bot; bot battles

hackfest ideas :: feel free to add to the list

  • twitter bot war with code4lib The Great Eastern?
  • changing Odessi XML records to MARC XML so OCUL libraries can load MARC for Odessi, esp. Stats Can stuff. We started this project at TUG, so need someone to help me get further or finish! New note: Chris put what he did so far on github(Alison)
  • @CanadianPoetry Sprint: Canadian Poetry Online needs an overhaul! Canadian Poetry is a web anthology of contemporary Canadian poetry, providing biographies and full-text poems from Canada's leading poets. Join in this code sprint to help with the migration to Drupal, site building, development, and theming of the new version. (Andrew)
  • LibraryBox is a customized version of PirateBox that can run be run on the inexpensive TP-Link MR 3020. Currently, it acts as a simple file server but it could potentially offer a more library-focused service, such as an eBook server for nearby devices using OPDS. (Warren)
  • Evergreen: The Evergreen project is currently recruiting volunteers for the Google Summer of Code effort and has a list of project ideas. Some of these ideas, if not already claimed by a student GSoC participant, might make for interesting hackfest projects. Or we could rewrite the MARC editor in Dojo.
  • SPLURGE: The Scholars Portal Library Usage-Based Recommendation Engine began at a hackfest in February and has been worked on since then, but it needs one last push to get all of the pieces joined together so that an easy-to-use "people who borrowed this also borrowed that" service built on shared circ data can be tested. There are four parts to SPLURGE: data cleanup, getting it into a properly configured database, a web service that talks to the database, some Javascript that can dropped into a catalogue to talk to the web service. They all exist, but not all of them are quite done and they don't all talk to each other. The purpose of this hackfest project would be for people to familiarize themselves with the work that's been done, and then try to finish it up.

code4lib north organizational team

  • Mita Williams
  • Karen Pillon
  • Peter Zimmerman
  • Jennifer Soutter
  • Cathy Maskell
  • Ranti Junus (Michigan State)

hashtag and twitter list

Second Meeting: McMaster University, May 5-6, 2011

Sign Up

We can handle a maximum of 50 people and you can signup here:

When and Where

Dates: May 5-6, 2011


Our helpful folks in Research Collections put this guide together a while back.

Parking, Campus Map, Public Transit

  • Parking - I understand we have the most expensive parking in OCUL. I'm sorry :( - There is one bit of good news: if you park in the M lot, the day rate drops from $20 to $5. The M lot is about a 10-12 minute walk from the library, and there is a shuttle that will take you part of the way.
  • Campus map - we are building #10 - Mills Memorial Library
  • Public Transit
  • HSR buses that come to campus are: 1, 51, 5c, 52, and 10 - The 10 and 52 drop off by the hospital, the others drop off right outside Mills.


Keep with tradition set last year - No cost and McMaster University has tentatively agreed to provided coffee, lunch, space, and wireless.


Day 1:

  • Hackfest (send problems/proposals to John Fink and Nick Ruest)

Day 2

  • 5-minute lighting talks
  • 20-minute talks
  • BOAF/breakouts

20-minute talks

I'd like to start a new tradition with Code4Lib North and deposit the slides and *maybe* recordings of the presentations in our IR. If people are cool with this, I can get it all setup prior to the event.

Name Title
William J Turkel Functional Programming Workout
Dileshni Jayasinghe & Majid Valipour Programming at Scholars Portal: apps and APIs
William Wueppelmann The Canadiana Web API
Dan Chudnov WWIC? Linked Library Data as a Customer Service Medium
Mita Williams We're jamun (and we hope you like jamun too)
William Denton Getting started with R
Alan Harnum When All You Have Is XSLT, Everything Looks Like XML: Heterogeneous Cloud-Based Content Management Using Google Docs and Other Services
Wendy Huot Why can't a web page be more like a book? Using LaTeX with Readability to generate better 'print friendly' versions of web pages
Chris Charles Introduction to Google Refine
Karen A. Coombs Zend Framework: making using web services easier

5-minute lighting talks

Name Title
Andrew McAlorum Transition to Unity
Dale Askey Fun with Failure, or, Learning to Stick a Fork in Things
Alison Hitchens Getting testers to test what you need to have tested!
Alison Hitchens Using RT Tracker for user feedback

First Meeting: Kingston ON, May 6-7, 2010

Sign up

Free registration -- but registration is now closed (we have 40+ signed up).

When and Where

May 6-7, 2010

  • Thursday: 2pm-5:30pm, followed by dinner and drinks
  • Friday: 9am-4:30pm

Meeting location:


There was no charge. Queen's University very generously supplied the space, the Internet connection, and free lunch on Friday!

How to get involved

Join the mailing list. That is where the planning will happen.


  • 5-minute lighting talks
  • 20-minute talks
  • BOAF sessions
  • Maybe a hackfest.

How many are attending?

45 people have registered. Most will be attending.


Thursday May 6:

  • 2pm-5pm: Open format (hang out and hack)
  • Evening: Go out for dinner and drinks


  • 9am-4:30pm: Schedule currently "under construction" -- see table below.

Morning Break: 10:30-10:45 .... Lunch: 12-1 ....

Afternoon: 5 minute lightning talks .... "Birds of a feather" breakout sessions (sign up sheets on front table)

Name Description
William Denton OpenFRBR
Walter Lewis Exposing Linked Data
Art Rhyno Open Layers and Newspapers (Walter Lewis)
MJ Suhonos Location-aware Mobile Search
Alan Harnum Building A Library Website with Endeca technology
Wendy Huot "Your feedback, please": library web design critique
Glen Newton Using Open Source Tools for Visualization and Semantic Mapping in a Large Scale Article Digital Library
Eric Palmitesta XQuery
John Miedema OpenBook WordPress Plugin Update - Why It's Cool to Love OpenURL +++
Nasser Saleh Coagmento!: a potential collaborative search tool

Who's interested in Code4Lib North?

Declare your interest in a Code4lib North chapter:

  • Wendy Huot, Queen's University
  • Michael Vandenburg, Queen's University
  • William Denton, York University
  • John Fink, McMaster University
  • Nick Ruest, McMaster University
  • Walter Lewis, Halton Hills/OurOntario
  • Edward Corrado, Binghamton University (NY, USA)
  • Warren Layton, Library of Parliament (Ottawa)
  • Pascal Calarco, University of Notre Dame (IN, USA)
  • Rob Fox, University of Notre Dame (IN, USA)
  • Mita Williams, University of Windsor
  • John Fereira, Cornell University
  • MJ Suhonos, Toronto Public Library
  • Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University
  • David Fiander, University of Western Ontario
  • Peter Schlumpf, Avanti Library Systems
  • Roy Zimmer, Western Michigan University
  • Kimberly Silk, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto
  • Andrew Darby, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
  • Laura Harris, Grand Valley State University (western Michigan)
  • Tim Ribaric, Brock University
  • Sibyl Schaefer, University of Vermont
  • Peter Ellinger, Ontario Legislative Library, Toronto
  • Keith Jenkins, Cornell University
  • Patrick M. Lozeau
  • Mike Kreyche, Kent State University
  • Graham McCarthy, Ryerson University
  • John Miedema
  • Janey Chen, Ontario Legislative Library, Toronto
  • Rob McDonald, Carleton University
  • Amy Buckland, McGill University
  • Tricia Williams (pgwillia), Consultant/OurOntario
  • Mike Beccaria, Paul Smith's College (Paul Smiths, NY)
  • Amanda Etches-Johnson, McMaster University
  • Art Rhyno, University of Windsor
  • Mary Beth Baker, CIC (Ottawa)
  • Wayne Schneider, Hennepin County Library
  • Carol Serroul, CISTI
  • Graham Stewart, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Peter Zimmerman, University of Windsor
  • Margaret Kipp, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Dan Scott, Laurentian University
  • Lawrence Wardroper (Courts Administration Services Library, Ottawa)
  • Matt McCollow, McMaster University
  • George Duimovich, NRCan Library (Ottawa)
  • Bobbi Fox, Harvard University Library (Massachusetts)
  • Dileshni Jayasinghe, OCUL, University of Toronto
  • Eric Palmitesta, OCUL, University of Toronto
  • Alexander O'Neill, Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Chris Beer, WGBH (Massachusetts)
  • Robin Isard, Algoma University (Sault Ste Marie ON)
  • Pat Moore, Carleton University (Ottawa ON)
  • Alan Harnum, Toronto Public LIbrary (Toronto ON)
  • Colin Prince, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Tom Keays, Syracuse University LIbrary (Syracuse, NY)
  • Chris Charles, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
  • John MacGillivray, Carleton University (Ottawa ON)
  • Lester Webb, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • Elizabeth Goldman, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • Jennifer O'Donnell, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • David Smith, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • Loren Fantin, Our Ontario,Knowledge Ontario
  • Daulton Theodore, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON)
  • Peter MacDonald, Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)
  • Rebecca Larocque, North Bay Public Library (North Bay, ON)
  • Doris Rankin, Library and Information Management Consultant, Ottawa, ON
  • Diane Bédard, Learn Ontario & Our Ontario; Knowledge Ontario
  • Andre Vellino, CISTI / University of Ottawa
  • Mark Swartz, Queen's University
  • Adam Wead, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives (Cleveland, OH)
  • Pramila Thakur, Ontario Legislative Library, Toronto
  • Anthony Petryk, University of Ottawa
  • Jan Dawson, Ask Ontario, Knowledge Ontario
  • Glen Newton, Carleton University
  • Patrick McMaster, Leeds & the 1000 Islands, Rideau Lakes, and North Grenville Public Libraries
  • Nasser Saleh, Queen's University (Kingston ON)
  • Stéfan Sinclair, McMaster University
  • William J Turkel, University of Western Ontario
  • Shirley Lew, Vancouver Community College, (Vancouver BC)
  • Edward Bilodeau, McGill University
  • Andrew McAlorum, University of Toronto Libraries

Meeting Location Suggestions for the Future

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Montreal, Quebec