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Do you want to meet up and talk about libraries, library software, and coding?

I’m organizing a small, informal Ottawa-area code4lib North meetup at the end of March.

When: Wednesday March 28, 5-7 PM

Where: Royal Oak downtown at 188 Bank at Gloucester (on the corner across from L’Esplanade Laurier).

The details are also up on the code4lib wiki.

Beginners are very welcome to join!

Let me know if you are interested by e-mailing me at warren.layton@gmail.com so that I can reserve enough seats for us at the Oak.

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CLA Open House

The Canadian Library Association is holding an Open House event in two weeks’ time, and I’m hoping to drop in. Unfortunately, this seems to only have been announced through the listserv, with no mention on the CLA website, so here are the details:

CLA Open House
4:30 – 7:00 PM, Friday September 11th, 2009
328 Frank Street (near the intersection of O’Connor and Glastone)

If you’re attending, I’ll see you there.

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Innovative’s Research Pro at LPL

I was just going through the London Public Library’s web site, looking to find an article from The Serials Librarian. I ran into LPL’s new “Research Pro” federated search interface (by III). Either the product itself or LPL’s implementation of it wasn’t quite ready for prime time.

Besides not working with Safari(!), “Tips” were added to the top of each results page telling users to hit “Reload” if the results list was empty (see screenshot, below). I had to reload every single page of results that I browsed.

LPL's Research Pro w/ Missing Results

LPL's Research Pro w/ Missing Results

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Today’s Globe and Mail contains this story about Canadian public libraries during the economic downturn, titled “A new chapter begins for libraries as economy sinks”

“Crowds flock in, not for musty books, but for free CDs, DVDs, Internet access — and help finding a job”

“At the Toronto Public Library, the biggest in the country with 99 branches, visits were up 8 per cent in the second half of 2008 as the recession bore down. Use of materials increased 12 per cent over the same period, while computer usage jumped 13 per cent.”

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