Next week is the 2009 Access Conference, hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI. Long a tradition at that conference has been a full-day Hackfest, where anyone who is interested (you don't have to be a programmer!) gets together to tackle library problems with imagination, whiteboarding, and software. I've attended a couple of times, and it's always a fun time and you tend to learn quite a bit and meet new people. Unfortunately, due to a schedule conflict, I can't make it this year. But since there may be a problem people are working on that can benefit from having access to OCLC Web Services, we are providing some access keys to the conference to be used not just during the Hackfest, but throughout the conference. As anyone familiar with Access knows, Hackfesters have been known to keep hacking away during odd bits of time and during the evenings while the conference continues. Not me, mind you, but others more dedicated than I. Here's hoping it's successful and a lot of fun. Meanwhile, I will be flying in on Thursday, hopefully just in time to present "ILS in the Sky With Diamonds" along with Mike Rylander of Evergreen fame. The next day I'll make sure you're thoroughly sick of me by presenting on some work we're doing in OCLC Research to begin to characterize the Hathi Trust collection.
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