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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)

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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Oy, What a Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/19/10 (2:57pm)

Library DrupalCamp at ALA in DC?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/6/10 (10:59am)

drupalicon4lib.pngThere's an interesting (albeit preliminary) discussion about organizing a 'Library DrupalCamp' for ALA in DC this summer on the Drupal Group for Libraries.

If that piques your interest, have a gander at:

http://groups.drupal.org/node/32822

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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.

Drupalcon Coming to Chicago in 2011

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/9/09 (10:10am)

DrupliconWow, the big Drupal Convention for North America is coming to Chicago in 2011. Here's the announcement from the Drupalcon North American Regional Organizing Group:

...the [Drupal Association] Board has preemptively made a decision on the location and team for the 2011 North American Drupalcon, tapping Chicago for Drupalcon 2011.

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Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA in Chicago (7/12) - Report

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/15/09 (9:30am)

I'm delighted to report that we had a wonderful Drupal4Lib BoF with maybe 25-30 people (agenda here). You know it's a good sign when after the thing is over, you wish it had lasted maybe another half an hour or more!

Round Robin of Participants

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Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Chicago - Final Location Information!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/10/09 (8:29pm)

Okay, it's official: thanks to the wonderful help of our friends at ALA, we have a meeting room for our Drupal4Lib BoF on Sunday, 7/12.

DATE: Sunday, July 12 (3:30p-5:00p)

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McCormick Place
West Building, Level 1
Conference Center Rm #11b
Chicago, IL.

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