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Who do you want to be President of the U.S.? (Multiple votes encouraged!)
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Ben Wallace 8%
Donald Knuth 0%
Princess Leia 0%
ecorrado 33%
Richard Stallman 25%
Bee Girl from "No Rain" video 16%
The Shifted Librarian 8%
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Tuesday August 6th
Building Communities in Virtual Space (Access Conf. Topic) (3 comments)
The Web As a Global Desktop (Access Conf. Topic) (0 comments)
eContent & Libraries (Access Conf. Topic) (1 comments)
Open Source Software & Libraries (Access Conf. Topic) (2 comments)
Are We There Yet? (Access Conf. Topic) (2 comments)

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Library Hackfest?

By roy, Section Events
Posted on Mon Feb 16th, 2004 at 11:38:22 AM EST

Most of you have been to an Access Conference Hackfest (and if you haven't, see this). I think it may be time to take that idea and run with it. That is, we all know that we have a pile of problems we'd like to solve. And we also increasingly have tools around with which to solve them. But so far our efforts have been piecemeal and fragmented. What if we plan a library services architecture that can support next-generation library services, and bring together the best hackers we have to bang together some prototypes over the course of a few days to a week?

I'm fairly certain we could round up sponsors (e.g., OCLC noted hackfests as potentially being important in their recent environmental scan). Idea papers like Dan's recent piece on library groupware can begin to form a plan for a set of foundational services upon which end-user applications can be built. Services such as OCLC's xISBN service provide useful models for the kind of building blocks I'm talking about. And librarianship finally appears to have spawned enough raw programming talent to make it possible for us to collectively kick tail and take names.

So...what do you say? Is this a lame idea? Or not?

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Live from Access in Vancouver

By dchud, Section Events
Posted on Fri Oct 3rd, 2003 at 03:22:50 PM EST
It's day 2 (hackfest was day 0, natch). Unsurprisingly, Access has already been a good time and action-packed with great talks and merry making. The Hackfest saw over 30 people crammed into a lab happily cranking along on seven or eight projects; a lot of interesting progress was made and we're putting together a summary talk for the final session tomorrow (will put the slides up as soon as I can). Roy has a video from the day and we'll get that linked here soon too. In the meantime here are some photos.

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Hackfest II at Access 2003

By dchud, Section Events
Posted on Tue Sep 2nd, 2003 at 04:46:34 PM EST
You are all cordially invited to participate in the Access 2003 Hackfest, the second incarnation of what proved last year to be an exciting new highlight of an always exceptional conference.

This year's Hackfest brings a new format: the entire day (October 1, 2003) before the beginning of the main conference track will be devoted to Hackfest activities, with two entire computer labs rented nearby for twelve hours just for the occasion. Also, we're hoping to bring a broader contingent of folks into the event, including as many non-technical people as possible. There will be plenty of hacker-types around, too, but all through last year's event participants wished more people with primary responsibilities in reference, cataloging, and administrative roles (rather than systems) were present. Like last year, hackfest participants will present their projects during a session on the last day of the conference. So come one, come all!

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By art, Section Events
Posted on Mon Apr 28th, 2003 at 04:21:22 PM EST
OSCOM 3, the Open Source Content Management Conference is coming up. I don't know if anyone here is close enough to Boston to take in one of these, but the program looks really good. Jon Udell is giving one of the keynotes, and there is a session on DSpace.

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/u/l/i hullabaloo at ALA Philly?

By dchud, Section Events
Posted on Mon Jan 6th, 2003 at 09:47:09 AM EST
Say, who's going to Philly this month for ALA Midwinter? Since the OSSIG is meeting Sunday from 4:30-5:30, and the super bowl starts soon after that and folks probably have plans, maybe we should try for something informal on Saturday evening?

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Reports from Access 2002

By dchud, Section Events
Posted on Fri Oct 25th, 2002 at 09:38:29 AM EST
It's 2:30am; Art is crashed out cold on the couch in the next room; Peter is Heroically porting his cold fusion interface for ezproxy administration over to php so we can demonstrate it live in roughly 6.5 hours. I seem to have come down with some nasty cold but apparently Tylenol Sinus is the best drug in the world. Everybody else left the hackfest around 1:30am after polishing off as much else as we can for tomorrow.

Jenny is reporting live from the conference on various sessions over at her anthemic theshiftedlibrarian.com. /u/l/i's own ksclarke gave a terrific overview of where the Lane Medical Library intends to head with the XOBIS project and why today. Unfortunately pub night went kind of late and i think Kevin missed our return to hackcentral, which wasn't until around 10:45pm.

Mark and I are reporting on the state of open souce in libraries and the results of the (obviously, not yet completed!) hackfest starting at 8:45. Note for next year: the report from the hackfest needs to be later in the day! Hopefully I can wake up in time to meet him for breakfast and run through our talk.

Anybody who doesn't yet know that Access is the best damn library conference anywhere should make a point of getting to Vancouver for next year's event. More soon... -dc

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Management in a Time of Change (Access Conf. Topic)

By art, Section Events
Posted on Thu Aug 8th, 2002 at 09:00:59 AM EST
How does your organization make technical decisions? Is a Systems Librarian equivalent to a Chief Information Officer (CIO) or a Chief Technology Officer (CTO)? Like most organizations, libraries are often required to read the latest trends, make major technology investments, and must deal with the sometimes-unexpected consequences. The library computing landscape features a broad mixture of mainstream technologies and niche applications, with the web constantly changing the rules for user expectations and what is possible to deliver. In his provocative column, The Cost of Having Analog Executives in a Digital World, Hal Berghel identifies the need for a "strategic technology planner" in organizations that is completely well-grounded in technology rather than having technical expertise as a desired, but not necessarily critical, job skill. As major consumers of information technology, how should libraries cope with and manage technology for both day-to-day processing and providing services to their user communities?

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