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Code4Lib Northwest connects innovators and problem solvers so they can share information about projects, trends and technologies. Most importantly, it seeks to develop a community where people share information and experience and collaborate on work towards common goals. You don't have to be a programmer to attend, but you shouldn't be surprised if a couple presenters toss a little illustrative code on the screens.

If you weren't able to attend last year or are unfamiliar with the format, you're in for a treat. Mix it up with some the best library technologists in the PNW! If you want to find out what people are up to, this is the place. Presentations are are either 5 or 20 minutes. By keeping things short, a wide variety of ideas can be presented even those at early stages of development.  Interaction is maximized so you get to learn about what really interests you.

Event information 

When: June 13th, 2011
Start: 9 AM
End: 4:00 PM
Where: White Stag, Portland, Oregon

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Cost (primarily to cover snacks, refreshments and lunch for the group):  

    • $75

Preconference activities 

When: June 12th, 2011
Start: 6 PM
End: ???
A pre-Code4Lib PNW get together for folks to get together, have a drink and chat.

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08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:20  Welcome/Opening Remarks


09:20 – 10:20

·         09:20 – 09:40

    Digital Initiatives at Lewis & Clark: cool projects in the liberal arts

    Mark Dahl & Jeremy McWilliams

    Lewis & Clark College

Staff at Lewis & Clark College's Watzek Library have developed a Digital Initiatives program, in which students and faculty are engaged in the creation of digital projects as part of curricular activities. Mark and Jeremy will talk about the development of the program, and will cover two such projects: "The Spiders of Lewis & Clark", and "The New York City Graffiti/Street Art Project"

·         09:40 – 10:00

    Introduction to Android Application Development

    Keith Folsom

    Orbis Cascade Alliance

    As the number of patrons using smartphones and tablets which depend on mobile specific applications increases, libraries need to be aware of how they can provide services for these platforms. This session provides an introduction for programming on the Android platform using open source tools.

·         10:00 – 10:20

    Expanding our Mobile Web Environment

    Evivva Weinraub
    Oregon State University

    Building on Oregon State University Library's success in mobile web development, In January, we launched Book Genie (http://genie.library.oregonstate.edu), a tool offering patrons a new way to discover recreational reading in an academic environment.  The Book Genie is a web site (optimized for use on mobile devices) which gives patrons a chance to randomly select recommendations from the library's collection based on pre-selected subject areas.  

    This session will discuss what tools were used to create this site, the structure of our staffing environment, a demo of the site and a discussion of some of the projects we have in the pipeline.

10:20 – 10:40  Break


10:40 – 11:20

·         10:40 – 11:00

Social widget primer

Kyle Banerjee

Orbis Cascade Alliance

Social platforms are an effective channel for reaching people with certain needs and providing services. This session provides a gentle introduction to creating widgets with no prerequisite skills beyond those necessary for creating Web pages that create social applications that access information within a social network. Facebook and OpenSocial (which is used by a number of sites including Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn as well as OCLC's Web Management Services Developer's Platform) will be discussed as well as implications for library services.

·         11:00 – 11:20

Exploring HTML5
Shirley Lincicum
Western Oregon University

This presentation will provide an introduction to HTML5 and discuss
current issues associated with using HTML5 in library systems.


11:30 – 12:00  Lightning Talks #1

12:00 – 01:15  Lunch


01:20 – 02:00

·         01:20 – 01:40

    Blending open source and the cloud to build a discipline-specific repository

    Al Cornish

    Washington State University

    This presentation describes the blend of two tools – an open source digital content platform and low-cost, cloud-based infrastructure services – that are used to create an online, discipline-specific repository, the Naval Reactors History Database (http://navalreactorshistorydb.info/).  

    The key software tool used to support this online database is the California Digital Library’s eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) open source platform.  XTF supports enhanced search features like faceted browsing, spelling correction, similar items searching, and the output of search results to RSS.  It has a Java-based framework, but significant customizations to XTF’s search and display are possible through XSLT programming. 

    The hardware infrastructure for the Naval Reactors History Database is based on Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.  The costs of hosting this online database will be described and analyzed in-depth – one goal of this effort is to build and deploy a robust, online discipline-specific database at the lowest possible cost.   


·         01:40 – 02:00

    Making MS Windows Work for You!

    Ken Guidry

    Eastern Washington University

There are three things I am constantly asked for to automate a Windows computer:
    1. Automatic logins for complex web page logins to subscriptions,
    2. Tele-operation of Window's applications for standard tasks, 
    3. And, fetching data off of web pages, screen scrapping.
I will show you how to do these and give you example code that can easily be changed to automate your specific needs with a programming interface called "WinBatch".  With this tool, and these techniques, I was able to completely automate the process of fetching bursar information from our Innovative catalog, format it in the required protocol, and deliver it to the campus Banner system.  It's that powerful.

·         02:00 – 02:20

    Talking to Evergreen

    David Drexler 

    Eastern Oregon University

The Sage Library Consortium recently migrated from Millenium to the open-source Evergreen ILS. This presentation will discuss some of the changes made to Eastern Oregon University's library systems that interact with the consortium's ILS, including patron information, proxies, and link resolver.


02:20 – 02:40 – Break


02:40 – 03:20

·         02:40 – 03:00

    Ezproxy Login Tricks

    Doug Eriksen

    Seattle University

    You use Ezproxy to get users into IP address restricted databases, maybe you authenticate against III, or against LDAP, I'll show you a few additional tricks EZproxy can do. Automated form completion, UserObjects for non-LDAP users, maybe (if I've got it working) ezproxy login as gatewy to ILLiad.

·         03:00 – 03:20

    Introduction to OAuth

    Terry Reese

    Oregon State University

    OAuth is an open standard for authorization. If you develop applications or services that need to store protected data for your users, this session will show you a simpler and more secure way to do this.

03:30 – 04:00  Lightning Talks #2

4:00 – 4:20  Raffle and Closing 


If you have questions, you can post them to the Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/pnwcode4lib or send them to Mike Flakus mflakus@pdx.edu or Doug Eriksen eriksend@seattleu.edu