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Big Week Out: Four Days, Four Different Events

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/4/13 (10:42pm)
  • Event #1 (Wed., 12/4/2013): Tech Cocktail Chicago, Frank Gruber interviewing Jason Fried of 37signals.com. My favorite part: where Fried said that the best sites don't consist simply of some huge photo plus parallax. People want services, he said, and oftentimes to deliver those services the site needs to be a little messy. Totally agree. Anyway, as usual, a great representation of the entrepreneurial side of web and digital development in Chicago.
  • Event #2 (Thurs. AM, 12/5/2013): UIC Urban Forum. Toni Preckwinkle giving opening talk.
  • Event #3 (Thurs & Fri., 12/6/2013-12/7/2013): Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities & Computer Science, Thursday Afternoon presentations (there's way more tomorrow).
  • Event #4 (Sat. AM, 12/7/2013): DrupalCamp Chicago 2013, Opening Session.
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Report on the Drupal4Lib BoF at DrupalCon Portland

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/22/13 (3:23pm)

Okay, they say this happens every time but maybe 19 people signed up for the event -- and 67 showed up. I'd say it was 'standing room only' except that maybe a dozen people were sitting on the carpet in the central aisle. People were standing alongside all the walls and needless to say there wasn't a free chair in the place.

Even with that number of people, we went from person to person, each telling us his or her name and institution. We had a good mix of academic, public and special libraries. This variety showed up repeatedly in the quality of the discussion.

Nina started things off with a presentation of the new Arapahoe Library District website. We next moved to an open discussion on everything from Drupal's compatibility with repository software such as Islandora to the possibilities of Drupal replacing the ILS entirely. One theme that manifested itself through the course of the discussion was the strong desire to collaborate more on projects. Possible vehicles for this include the Drupal Library Group, the Drupal4Lib ListServ and of course, the Drupal4Lib LITA IG.

Clearly we could have gone another hour but 60 minutes was all we had. People were encouraged to continue the discussions throughout the day and also, at our Drupal4Lib IG Meeting at ALA Chicago on June 30 (10:30a-11:30a).

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2012 Colloquium on Digital Humanities

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/19/12 (3:23pm)

I'm not much of a numbers guy but I appreciated the first round of presenters at the 2012 Colloquium on Digital Humanities which took place this weekend at the University of Chicago. The theme was 'big data'.

Here Diane Cline (U. Cincy) is giving a talk on "The Social Network of Alexander the Great" and a major part of her presentation were lines of connections, shown on a graph, between Alexander the Great, people who he knew, people who knew him, people who knew the people who knew him, etc. -- all charted out as a series of spiraling lines and nodes.

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Report on the Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/24/12 (12:18am)

Great and rousing session at the Drupal4Lib BoF. We had a too-and-fro which was both extremely fun and informative. This consisted of talking shop, of talking approaches to problems and of plans that people had for the future. Drupal4Lib IG Chair and Co-chair Nina McHale and Chris Evjy were there to tell us about their activities. Ilana Kingsley (UAF) kindly volunteered to serve as chair of the IG for the coming year.

Thanks to everyone who came. It was a great opportunity to meet people directly who we otherwise only know online. Hope to see you all next year in Chicago!

Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim - Sat. 23 (10:30a-12noon)?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/7/12 (11:33am)

drupalicon4lib.png I just had a look at the schedule for ALA Anaheim and noticed there wasn't a get-together for us library drupalers -- to talk shop, to talk projects, joys, frustrations, discoveries, etc.*

So I know it's kind of late but how about a Drupal4Lib BoF on Sat. 23 (10:30a-12noon)? Location: TBA (Anaheim).

Please leave comments/suggestions!

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2010 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/21/10 (2:18pm)

I was at the 2010 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) -- this year hosted by Northwestern and for that reason in Evanston.

I saw a couple of great presentations including one by Benjamin Pauley from ECSU. He started out by discussing how unreliable biographic information is coming from Google.

Well, that's nothing new, I said to myself -- so what's he going to do about it?

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Illinois Library Association Conference

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/2/10 (3:33pm)
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I was at the ILA Conference for a short sweep through the exhibits on Wednesday. The two chief attractions (at least for me) were 1) Free pass for the exhibits and 2) Free lunchtime buffet (pictured above).

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2010 UIC Richard J. Daley Urban Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/27/10 (1:38pm)

The annual UIC Urban Forum took place today. Mayor Daley spoke at the opener and then took part in one of the panel discussions later on. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel also was there -- participating in a lively discussion along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Motorola CEO Greg Brown and moderator Judy Woodruff.

Discussion at these things tends to lead to platitudes ("collaboration", "shared resources" -- and considering the venue -- "more support for education"). My favorite moment came when Woodruff went on and on about people's "anger" and Rahm pointed out that it might have something to do with the economic situation. "But why does the press focus on it then," Woodruff asked. Rahm looked at her and smiled: "that's the subject for another panel".*

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* Quoted from memory.

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Shooting Video at the 2010 IRA Convention

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/25/10 (12:32pm)
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So what am I doing on a Sunday morning? Why shooting video at the annual convention of the International Reading Association at McCormick Place, of course! Partnership READ, a joint UIC-CPS program to improve literacy in the Chicago Public Schools is doing a whole series of presentations throughout the day and I got volunteered to videotape at least three sessions.

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Here's something fun that I did for Prof. Taffy Raphael from the College of Education at UIC.

The idea was to present a series of (fake) Google searches that ultimately would reveal the winner of an award that Taffy would be announcing at the annual meeting of the National Research Conference in Albuquerque.

Since I had content of all kinds related to the winner (photos, video, bibliography, etc.), I just appropriated whatever corresponding Google interface there was. For example, for the bibliography I used something that looked like a combination of Google Books and Google Scholar; for the video I used something that looked like Google Video. I even managed to work in a Google Map or two.

Judging by the tittering in the audience during the presentation, it seems to have been a success.

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