For a good number of you, this will be your first code4lib. Here is some information to help you navigate through the conference whirlwind:
We have a packed program with talks, preconferences, lightning talks, & breakout sessions. The full conference & pre-conference schedules are available on the main conference page. The main conference is single track, meaning that you will hear the same talks as everyone else at the conference. This cuts down on the “fear of missing out” that you might find yourself feeling at multi-track conferences where you have to choose one session out of many that are at the same time. There will be some sessions that you might not understand, but this is normal. This happens to everyone. No one is an expert in everything, so don't worry that you don't know every single thing that is mentioned in the presentations.
Even if you don’t have a scheduled talk, there are two ways you can still share with other conference goers:
Breakout sessions are facilitated unconference discussions about a particular topic. Some present on a project that is in progress to get other’s feedback, others talk about standards, formats, and tools of the trade. You can also have breakout sessions about big picture topics, or possibly get like minded folks together to start planning a local/regional code4lib community gathering.
Lightning talks are five minute talks on a topic of the presenter’s choosing. The lightning talks are an opportunity to provide a platform for someone who is just getting started with public speaking, who wants to ask a question or invite people to help with a project, or for someone to boast about something they did or tell a short cautionary story. Some lighting talks tend to steal the show at the conference!
Both lightning talks and breakout sessions signups take place at the conference. Signups are usually on a posterboard by the registration; specific details about signup times and places will be announced from the podium, as well as social media.
The venue will provide lunch Wednesday and Thursday, as well as morning and afternoon break snacks Wednesday through Friday morning. Menus will be posted on the website soon. There will be caffeine.
There's a lot going on outside of the sessions, and this page has information about various gatherings, events, meals, etc. In addition, if you have any events that you’d like to organize, please feel free to add the event to the DIY Event Google Doc!
One activity we want to highlight is the Newcomer dinner on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. See information about the dinner and the sign-up list here. Attendees are responsible in assessing the accessibility of the restaurant space of their choice.
There will be an all-conference reception on the second night of the conference at the Tech Museum of Innovation. See the venues page for more information.
Another event is Game Night on Thursday, February 21, 2019. While you do not need to bring something to participate, please let us know if you do plan to bring games. Most importantly, bring yourself!
A round of applause for everyone who has helped to plan the conference! So much of what goes into making this event possible each year happens through the tireless efforts of our community members. The work isn't quite done yet, and we're still looking for volunteers for a few on-site tasks - the Whatever Crew is always looking for more volunteers, if you’re not quite sure what you want to do, but still want to help with the conference.
Use the #c4l19 hashtag for conference related tweets, posts, pictures, and so on. The IRC channel is #code4lib, and there will be volunteers at the conference who would be more than happy to help you with IRC. We also have a Code4Lib Slack (requires registration) that volunteers can help you get set up at the conference. All channels are very active during the conference so check these channels often for announcements, information, etc.
There will be A LOT of information thrown at you in a short period of time at code4lib. You will be mentally exhausted before conference end. For reference, the majority of folks “hit the wall” around the afternoon of the second full day. If you need to take a break, do so. Decompress outside the conference room, use the quiet room, or try a #nap4lib! The talks are recorded, so you can catch up on anything you might have missed during your break.
If nothing else - if you have a question, ask! Ask the conference volunteers, folks who look like they know what they’re doing, folks who don’t exactly look like they know what they’re doing, the Slack channel, Twitter, or IRC streams - the choices are plentiful.
Thank and see you at the conference!The Code4Lib Local Planning Committee - firstname.lastname@example.org