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Group Shot at Drupal MidCamp 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/6/17 (11:11am)

(Yeah, that's me on the right, front row.) Drupal MidCamp was held at DePaul this year. Here's a link to the larger image...

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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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Library BoF at DrupalCon Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 3/9/11 (9:29am)

We were able to squeeze in more than 50 librarians into the Library BoF. Topics of discussion included migrating to Drupal from other systems, integration with ILSs, creation of research guides, etc.

I put together a complete write-up for Library Hi Tech who'll be publishing it at some point.

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Library BoF on Tues. 1:30p-3p (3/8), Location TBA

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/4/11 (5:24pm)

drupalConChicago2011_attending.png Okay (in the words of WNYC's Brian Lehrer) after an Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Availability Poll, it seems like most people can make it to a Library BoF on Tuesday 1:30p-3:00p (3/8).

That takes care of time.

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I'm attending DrupalCon Chicago, March 7-10, 2011

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/13/11 (12:26am)

Hey, just two more days (thru 1/14) to save $50 bucks on registering for DrupalCon Chicago (3/7-3/11) -- the greatest event ever! Also, don't forget to throw in an extra twenty bucks for the Opening Night Party (3/8, 7p-10p) at the Field Museum!

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