Preconference Workshops

Half-day workshops will start at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., while full-day workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

Accessible Websites Made Easy: How To Assess Issues and Create Better Experiences

You need to make your website ADA compliant, whether it is WCAG or 508, but what does that actually mean? We’ll go over the basics of accessibility and how it relates to you, your users, and your website. We’ll dive into best practices for testing, recommended automated tools to use... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Carmel

Advocating for Library Accessibility: An Introduction

Libraries must ensure that users of all abilities can successfully use the technologies we provide. Despite the many ethical and legal motivations, not all of our technologies meet accessibility standards. Ultimately, the responsibility for making technologies accessible falls to the developers and vendors, but it does not begin with them.... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Fir

ArchivesSpace in a Day: Installing and Customizing AS in the Cloud

Are you part of a small library or a lone arranger? Does your archives need an online portal to your finding aids? ArchivesSpace (AS) is rapidly becoming the standard application in the field but setting up an instance can be intimidating for small institutions. Intended for beginning AS users, this... more

Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - San Carlos

Automated testing with Selenium, no programming required

Automated testing is a key part of ensuring that the software we develop and provide works effectively and functionally. For the software used by patrons, automated testing can point us to the bugs we need to fix, or the issues that we need to report to software maintainers, before they... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Santa Clara

Fail4Lib 2019

Failure is the “f” word: the dreaded taboo that every developer, project manager, and organizational leader fears. Our natural inclination is to flee failure, and, when we can’t avoid it, to bury it away. But failure has intrinsic value and is an essential step on the path to professional and... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Monterey

Forensic Files, Episode 1: "Fishing for the Truth"

This workshop is complementary with Forensic Files, Episode 2: “A Purr-fect Match” but attendance in the second workshop is not required.

What even are files - and what’s a format? What about video, which is several formats making up one file? And what about disk images, with many files inside?... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Cascade

Forensic Files, Episode 2: "A Purr-fect Match"

This workshop is complementary with Forensic Files, Episode 1: “Fishing for the Truth” but attendance in the first workshop is not required.

This workshop will go through the steps necessary to preserve and grant access to digital cultural objects, and the decision-making process involved when working with files. We will... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Cascade

ISLE: Islandora for All

This is a friendly but comprehensive introduction to [ISLE] (https://bit.ly/ISLE-INFO). We will provide an overview, a public demonstration, and guide you in creating a local development environment of the entire Islandora stack on your laptop (or to share with a new friend): this process is remarkably similar to creating a... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Oak

Introduction to Handling Data and SQL

Drawing from the Library Carpentries lessons Data intro for librarians, Tidy data for librarians and SQL for librarians, this session will introduce learners to the basics of handling data, along with how to query their using regular expressions and SQL (Standard Query Language). It will also introduce users to a... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Pine

LD4P's Sinopia Linked Data Editing Environment

The Sinopia Linked Data Editing Environment is part of a Mellon Grant funded the Linked Data for Production 2 (LD4P2) project. Based on the Library of Congress’s BIBFRAME Editor (BFE) and BIBFRAME Profile Editor projects, Sinopia is a linked data platform for original and cooperative cataloging using BIBFRAME and other... more

Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Donner

Leveling Up Your Accessibility Skills: The ARIA Feat

Are you a web developer or do you create web content? Do you use JavaScript to make dynamic user interfaces? If you answered yes, then you should concern yourself with making those dynamic elements accessible and usable to as many as possible. One of the most powerful tools currently available... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Fir

Leveraging Serverless Technologies to Improve Library Workflows

Serverless computing: it may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t! Serverless is an emerging cloud-computing execution model in which server management issues are hidden from the developer. When deployed properly, this model allows you to focus on writing code, while your cloud provider takes care of “all... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Sierra

Library apps and the modern dev workflow

Dev-ops, continuous deployment, serverless, cloud, API mocking, SPAs- terms which didn’t exist just a few years ago and are now firmly entrenched in the modern development workflow. These concepts can be overwhelming to all but the most experienced developers. In this session, we’ll build a library application taking advantage of... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - San Juan

Maximizing library inventories

Although a decreasing part of our overall library budgets, print books continue to provide immense value to our patrons, occupying much of our spaces. Despite advances in inventory technology many libraries may still be using legacy inventory systems to help compare what should be on the shelf with what is... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Carmel

Practicing ethics in information professions

People who organize information for discovery and use not only make information accessible but also provide the lens through which others experience it. Designing information spaces involves making and imposing value choices, which positions us firmly in the realm of ethics. This topic is especially relevant as we hear more... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - San Juan

Protecting Patron Privacy Pythonically

Do you handle patron data? Would you like to, but the fear of compromising your patrons’ privacy provokes paralysis? Do you handle it all the time and wonder what’s the BFD about privacy anyway, it’s just a book checkout, rite? Would you like to have confidence that you are managing... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Sierra

Representing diversity on the web: How to create inclusive virtual campus environments

Diversity and inclusivity is the focus of many of our academic institutions’ mission statements - but does your website reflect these standards? Often unconscious, wrong decisions on copy and multimedia content can create an unwelcoming virtual environment to underrepresented groups. This might cause prospective students or faculty/staff to choose a... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Oak

Solr for newbies

This is an introductory workshop to Solr, the fast and open source search platform that powers a lot of library products. This workshop is geared to anyone that has never used Solr, or uses it but has not explored some of the features that Solr offers out of the box,... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Pine

Using Node to Listen to Alma Webhooks

Heard about the Alma Webhooks? They may help you build robust functionality outside of Alma to enhance existing functionality or provide features which are not built in to Alma. Alma has webhooks for jobs ending, notifications, requests, users, loans, and bib and item updates. Participants will learn the basics of... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Santa Clara

Wait, what? Getting your bearings with ServerSpec

Library developers change jobs, we’re always the newbie. ServerSpec is a fantastic tool for keeping track of exactly what is supposed to be running on which server. Chances are such tests don’t exist in your current workplace; chances are such tests would be significantly helpful to your coworkers. This is... more

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - San Jose

When in Rome: Bringing Silicon Valley Startup Methods to Library Innovation

You’ve got an idea that you think might solve a problem for your users, but so much is standing in your way. You don’t have the time (nor permission!) to derail your day job on a concept that might not even pan out. In this session, attendees will learn how... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - Monterey

Working on Workshops: A Little Pedagogy Goes a Long Way

The NCSU libraries led 327 workshops last year. Our workshops cover a wide array of topics including: Arduino, R, digital media, citation management, and systematic reviews. Developing these workshops takes time and effort. Through our experience, we have adopted strategies that demystify workshop design.

In this workshop, we will share... more

Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location

San José DoubleTree by Hilton - San Jose