Publishers and the Print Disabled in Canada: Some Get It, Some Don’t

It’s no secret that the print-disabled are a under-supported group. While those who are not print challenged have are able to read all the literature that we understand, print-disabled readers only have access to a small percentage (1-7%) of the world’s published books. There are many efforts underway with:

However, the group that can and does have the most impact on accessibility of books is publishers. Continue reading “Publishers and the Print Disabled in Canada: Some Get It, Some Don’t”

Code4Lib Day 2: Lightning Talks

Demian Katz – gamebooks.org, Geeby-Deeby, and the Dime Novel Bibliography Project.

  • interactive fiction books
  • Made a really big bibliography
  • people sending in more
  • put it in a big database
  • open-source project to adapt backend
  • MySQL db that models various types of entities, relationships
  • backend system to edit entities, enter data, edit relationships

Rachel Frick – LODLAM Summit 2013 and Challenge

  • linked open data in library, archive, and museum
  • had challenge to win cash prize
  • can still submit, just fill out form and make/submit video

Kenny Ketner – Occam’s Reader

  • allow libraries to lend ebooks to each other using document delivery model
  • compatible with IILiad
  • no training, no workflow change
  • can add formats incrementally (started with PDF)
  • basic interface that discourages abuse
  • access previously unaccessible resources
  • in alpha testing
  • Slides

Al Cornish – Orbis Cascade Alliance Shared ILS Project

  • primary service is consortial services
  • move to new system beyond traditional ILS
  • single shared system (vs. currently 37)
  • explore collaborative technical services, collection development
  • Alma + Primo selected, migration in progress

Makoto Okamoto – Crowd Funding for Library in Japan

  • culture of donation changed a lot after 3.11
  • share experience and metrics
  • key to success is setting up appropriate ticket

William Denton – Code4Lib 2013 Augmented Reality View in Layar

  • picking points of interest from two spots
  • 1: Google Places map
  • 2: Twitter search API – of the ones that are geolocated
  • Web service in Ruby and Sinatra, hosted on Heroku
  • Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge – go read it.
  • Slides

Rosalyn Metz – What I learned while I was away

  • learned about planning, budget, and time
  • time is the most important thing
  • track your time, might be spending too much time on things e.g. don’t spend more than 10 mins on a single email
  • can demonstrate where need help
  • Slides

Nettie Lagace – Recent Cool Fun NISO Activities

  • ResourceSync Framework Specification
  • Bibligraphic Roadmap Initiative
  • Slides

Chuck Koscher – Fundref

  • list of funders
  • what articles given certain funding

Andromeda Yelton – Five Conversations About Coding

  • computer science majors in 1995: yardstick of who is cooler than who dependent on the most arcane knowledge
  • boston python workshop 2012: women friendly course. Expecting to be judged.
  • chad nelson, monday night. It’s not free
  • bess sadler, yesterday. We have a problem with insecurity
  • important to recognized our limitations, but have this imaginary yardstick
  • ever done coding? majority. think coder? 1/2

Jeremy Morse – mPach: Publishing directly into HathiTrust

  • sorry, didn’t quite get this one

Rob Dumas – Git in Five Minutes

That’s all for today.

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How I Feel

Code4lib Day 1: Lightning Talks

Cynthia NgĀ  – RULA Bookfinder

Julien Gibert – Turning a Solr Response into a RDF file

  • Theses.fr
  • Sorry, this went by me, plus I was busy running back to my seat

Bill Dueber – Datamart Report Generator at UMich

  • actually talking about spreadsheets
  • want to support data-drive decision making, but it’s boring, and canned reports tend not to do it
  • can end up in substring hell
  • solution: build data warehouse
  • took Aleph oracle COBOL store, removed insanity and put it in another oracle database
  • funds and inventory reports now possible
  • running 20-25 reports a week
  • more than when we ran it by hand, and saves lots of time

Jonathan Rochkind – bento_search

  • RubyRails gem
  • external search services e.g. Google books
  • federated e.g. primo, eds, ebscohost, scopus, worldcat, google books
  • can use whatever you want, just need to add it
  • can customize to have link resolver
  • github.com/jrochkind/sample_megasearch/
  • much more functionality

Masao Takaku – saveMLAK project for two years

  • came out of the effort to save museum, library, archive, kominkan (community centre) after the big earthquake
  • gather information of facilities in damaged area using a wiki
  • coordinate activities to rebuild
  • efforts are still continuing

Jon Stroop – Loris Image Server

  • define syntax for image access
  • can specify width/height, part of image, quality
  • Talk link

Ross Singer – How are you managing copyright?

  • lazy attempt at crowd-sourced business development
  • copyright is complicated
  • there are standard licenses, but then there are a lot of exclusions and exceptions
  • still, roughly the same model
  • management already being done in some capacity by the universities
  • but in US/Canada there is fair dealing and fair use
  • Slides

Eric Nord – Candybars for Bugs

  • Harold B. Lee Library
  • worked on maps in library
  • pop up map
  • will give candy bar if found error
  • only had to give away 18
  • have a ‘report a problem’ with this item
  • builds the idea to power the patron

Megan O’Neill Kudzia – Games for Pedagogy in the Library

  • working with faculty
  • a lot of interest, but no opportunity to talk about it
  • purchasing games on an ask basis
  • working out how to make accessible, in catalogue
  • licensing issues for PC/console games

Geoffrey Boushey – GEDI Reference App for InterLibrary Loan

  • General Electronic Document Interchange (ISO Standard)
  • used by Ariel
  • headers added to a file when sent from one institution to another
  • basis for making an easy to use tool so different ILL systems can communicate with each other
  • on Github

George Campbell – three.js: 3D Objects in the browser

  • used to have to use flash or flip through images
  • can now use interactive 3D graphics
  • can scale, add text/images, move

John Sarnowski – Audio Archiving with Full Text Search

  • ResCarta Toolkit
  • display and play audio
  • add metadata
  • use conversion tool
  • embeds into XML portion
  • final file can then be searched
  • words can be highlighted just like a text file

That’s the end of Day 1! Join us tomorrow. Time for a nap.

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