What should Code4Lib NorCal Do?
Revision as of 17:17, 1 August 2014 by Disillusioned
Discussion led by Eric Phetteplace
- What do we call ourselves?
- Several suggestions, but Code4Lib NorCal won the vote
- Sonoma might be an option.
- San Luis Obispo would be good for NorCal SoCal meetups.
- UC Berkeley and Stanford might be good hosts.
- California Library Association meeting is in Oakland this year, November 7-9. Samuel Merritt University in Oakland could host something for Code4Lib NorCal.
- Internet Archive? Maybe a tour or a hackathon there?
- SoCal group has met twice in the last six months.
- Twice a year to start for us might be good.
- Times that don't conflict with National Code4Lib, so fall and summer.
- We need people to handle some basic organization. Eric P. will coordinate a meeting to figure out those questions on Google Group.
- Our group is almost entirely academic libs. Should we do outreach to public libraries? Patrick Newell would be willing to work with someone else to do this outreach.
- Aaron Collier will reach out to the SoCal people to find out if anyone would want to do a joint meeting.
- West Coast representation at National Code4Lib tends to be light. How can we make west coast libs more aware? Outreach to tech librarians.
- Could we sponsor a diversity scholarship to National Code4Lib meeting? In conjunction with SoCal group. $500 should be enough to help get someone there.
- Types of events:
- A Hackathon meeting, something hands on. The ALA Midwinter hackathon was a good model. It was structured, and focused on 2 specifc APIs. One was more guided (showing people how to work with the API) and one was more free form (people who already knew how to work with APIs).
- If we did a hackathon it would be good to combine it with a meetup over a two days span to make travel easier for more far-flung folks.
- What next?
- Eric P. will start to get discussion over the Google Group list over next steps.
- Aaron will see if we can configure an RSS feed for the Google Group.
- We should advocate for more capacity at National Code4Lib (although it's tricky to find a balance between being open to people who want to come and maintaining a small conference)
- If we want to start thinking about hosting National Code4Lib in California we should start taking as a group. Might also want to collaborate with SoCal to find a good location.