Code4LibBC Day 2: Lightning Talk Part 1

Code4LibBC Day 2 starting with more lightning talks.

The LITA Forum & library data in Python

Trevor Smith

  • IT section of ALA
  • pre-conf on learning Python by playing with library data
  • PyMARC scripts
  • Beautiful Soup (also good for screen scraping)
  • Tip: Don’t use Python 3

Using MapBox and geoJSON to showcase historical slides and audio recording

Dan Sifton

  • Slides PDF
  • example: Nanaimo Slide Collection
  • converted data and files to use MapBox to create a heat map
  • but needed to find out where pictures were taken
  • asked colleague to find it, but then found KML file with Nanaimo landmarks
  • wanted to do something open, learn something, and have more control
  • used Mapbox.js with OpenStreetMap, and includes Leaflet
  • responsive, and done prototype

How your library can REALLY protect free speech and anonymity: Expanding anonymous, uncensored internet access for library patrons

Scott Leslie

  • Slides
  • big news item had no response from a national library
  • the different libraries make in surveillance is fairly small
  • there are problems with open wifi, but by making people log in, it’s no longer anonymous
  • we don’t check identity before patrons walk into the library, why do it for internet access? libraries should offer both open and secure access
  • can use TOR, not foolproof, but still goes a long way in obscuring traffic
  • TOR on Campus, take the challenge
  • not without precedence
  • alternative, run an anonymous proxy server for your patrons
  • libraries do great efforts on challenging book bans, but what about internet resource? these are ways to help others access any sites
  • consider alternatives to Google, such as DuckDuckGo, OpenStreetMap

When campus IT comes knocking

Paul Joseph

  • context: CIO wanted to streamline, do shared IT services. mass attritions without replacements. weren’t budgeting, enterprise architecture framework
  • IT Assessment: business analysis, applications inventory, infrastructure review
  • capability map: describes potential, functional abilities, framework to align strategies
  • words to speak about our work: collections, engagement, management
  • develop, provide access, assess and maintain collections
  • develop: select, obtain, receive, process, describe, digitize
  • gives high level overview
    *  applications inventory: inventory, process map, analysis, ~70 metrics
  • findings: 65% require multiple services or integration with other tools
  • end-user scope: 53% accessible to the world
  • eResources Ecosystem and Workflows is… crazy; Course Reserves is similar
  • also have notes from the longer Access 2014 version

Break Time

African bat-eared foxes
Time to Talk to People

Author: Cynthia

Technologist, Librarian, Metadata and Technical Services expert, Educator, Mentor, Web Developer, UXer, Accessibility Advocate, Documentarian

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