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Welcome to the home of the 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.

Code4Lib North: the Tenth. McMaster University. May 30-31, 2019

The 2019 Code4Lib North meeting will be held at the McMaster Sherman Centre. We'll begin each day at a suitable time, like 9:30 am.

Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
Mills Memorial Library
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6


Registration is available through Eventbrite.

We will be observing the Code4Lib Code of Conduct.


Subject to change

Thursday May 30 Friday May 31
10:00-10:30 Doors open, coffee/snacks Doors open, coffee/snacks
10:30-12:00 Opening Remarks 10

Learning R for data analysis with the Ontario Sunshine List dataset (John F.) 15

Building a successful documentation initiative (Kaitlin N.) [Slides] 15

Morning break

Quick tricks to make your images look good (Thomas G.) 10

Day 1 Hackfest/Discussion Recaps 10

Beyond Alt-Text: Trends in Online Accessibility (Ian F.) [Slides] 45

Why Vue.JS (Rachel W.) [Slides] 15

Balancing centralized project commitments with local priorities (Cameron M.) [Slides] 10

12:00-13:30 LUNCH LUNCH
13:30-14:00 Cluster Computing for Humans -OR- Have you heard of this HPCPack? (Tim R.) [Slides] Lightning Talks (PowerBI & Jupyter notebooks - Tim R., PyMarc - John D. [Slides])
14:00-15:00 Hackfest and group discussions Hackfest and group discussions
15:00-15:15 Afternoon break Afternoon break
15:15-16:30 Hackfest and group discussions continue Hackfest and group discussions continue

16:15 - Wrap-up and closing remarks

17:30 Social - MERIT Brewing, 107 James St N.

Talk Sign Up

Code4Lib North is a great opportunity to talk about anything you are working on or pondering about. It can be as short as a 5 min lightning talk to just throw out some ideas or up to a 30 min talk on whatever you like

Name Topic Time (5 Min - 30 min) Way to contact* (twitter, email, etc.)
Kaitlin Newson Building a successful documentation initiative 15 minutes @kaitlinnewson
Tim Ribaric Cluster Computing for Humans? 20 minutes @elibtronic
Sarah Romkey How we Github: a journey 15 minutes @ArchivesSarah
Rachel Wang Why Vue.js? 10 - 15 minutes @rwangca
Thomas Guignard Quick tricks to make your images look good 10 minutes @timtomch

* Just so we can talk to you about getting slides or follow up questions. Feel free to contact us instead if you don't want to enter anything here.

Hackfest & Group Discussion Ideas

We will spend some time running HackFest & Breakout Discussions. Add your ideas here.

Name Idea Way to contact*
Thomas Guignard Update the Library Carpentry Web Scraping lesson as part of the Library Carpentry global sprint @timtomch,
Kaitlin Newson Create a "Hosting Code4Lib North" page for the wiki @kaitlinnewson

* Just so we can talk to you about getting slides or follow up questions. Feel free to contact us instead if you don't want to enter anything here.

Socials & things to do besides c4l

  • There will likely be a conference social on Thursday night, details TBA.



  • Join the #code4lib channel on the code4lib slack
  • Instructions to join the code4lib slack are found here

VIA Rail discount

Code4lib North attendees can enjoy a 10% discount when traveling with VIA Rail. Use the information below when booking your tickets. Please note that VIA Rail has no service to Hamilton, attendees will need to transfer to GO Transit in Aldershot, Oakville or Toronto. The discount only applies to the portion of the trip operated by VIA Rail. GO Transit does not offer conference discounts :( If you have a Presto card, you can use it to pay for your GO Transit fare.

Discount code: 13938

Instructions: Log in or create a profile on the VIA Rail reservation system prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code above for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

Discount: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied." Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.

Valid: May 28th, 2019 to June 2nd, 2019 from all stations throughout the VIA system to Aldershot, Oakville or Toronto, Ontario and return.

Restrictions: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.


Questions and/or concerns? Please contact Kaitlin Newson.


Code4Lib North would like to thank McMaster University for providing space for this meeting.

Code4Lib North Past Events

To see past Code4Lib North events, go to the past events page.

Code4lib North Meetups in Toronto

Status: Active

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

Meetup Group: code4lib toronto

Website & Blog:

Mailing List:

Hashtag: #code4libTO also used: the general #code4lib

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

April 19, 2013 - session to encourage collaborative talks/presentations/hackfest ideas

Code4lib North Meetups in Ottawa

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

code4lib Ottawa meetups are now organized using Sign up to be informed of upcoming meetings.

Keep an eye on the Meetup page for further details.

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:

Tuesday October 7th, 2014


  • Mark Baker - Principal Architect at Zepheira provided a brief overview of some of Zepheira’s BibFrame tools in development.
  • Jennifer Whitney - Systems Librarian at MacOdrum Library presented OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) – a neat and powerful tool for cleaning up messy data.
  • Sarah Simpkin, GIS and Geography Librarian & Catherine McGoveran, Government Information Librarian (both from UOttawa Library) - presented on a recent UOttawa sponsored Open Data Hackfest as well as to introduce you to Open Data Ottawa.

Location: MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Ottawa, ON (map)

April 30, 2013 - Meet, and share your favourite Library technology

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 Montreal

Status: Active

Purpose: To connect with other code4libbers in the area and start building a code4lib community in Montreal, Quebec. (blatantly copied from the Ottawa and Toronto groups)

For more information: Please email Clara Turp ( for more information.

Slack Channel and Hashtag: #code4lib-mtl

Wiki page: Code4Lib_Montreal - check here for upcoming or past meeting information.

Who's interested in Code4Lib North?

Declare your interest in a Code4lib North chapter:

  • Erin Johnson, Western Libraries
  • 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, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University (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
  • Marc d'Avernas, Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Whitni Watkins, St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)
  • Jess Whyte, University of Toronto

Mailing list

The code4lib-north mailing list was discontinued.