Next week is my favorite conference, code4lib. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend code4lib this year due to a conflicting commitment. I’m rather sad about this, as I think code4lib provides a unique opportunity for library technologists to get together, hack, converse, network (in all senses of the word), and build community. Community is extremely important – one of the great ways library technology staff can acquire the knowledge and support they need to be successful in their positions is to make connections and communicate with their colleagues in other institutions. Code4lib is all about making these types of connections, and building this type of community.
In that context, I’m also very happy to note that code4lib is one of the few (maybe only) library-technology conference that offers scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity, two areas that the technology sector needs to continue to work on improving. This year, thanks to Oregon State University and this year’s conference host, Brown University, the number of scholarships provided doubled from two to four. Very cool.
I look forward to seeing the conference presentation videos when they are posted.