Send the Cyberpunk Librarian to Minneapolis!


My library was able to come through with funding after all! If you visited the donation site with an eye towards contributing, thank you so much! I really appreciate the effort. But now you can keep your money and use it for something really important.

Like burritos. Never underestimate the importance of really good burritos!


So a while back I submitted a speaking proposal to the Innovative Users Group for presentation at their annual conference. For those who don’t keep up with the library world so much, back in April of 2014, Innovative Interfaces Inc. bought Polaris, the software used where where I work. I’ve used Polaris for years, since the late 90s when it was brand new. I’ve also hacked on a Polaris PAC for almost three years now and thought I’d try to get a talk out that’s a little more advanced than “Basic PAC Customization.”

I figured “No way they’re going to take this. It’s too geeky.”

They took it! I was shocked, and I still am!

I’m super excited about this because, while I’ve spoken at state and local conferences, I’ve never spoken at a national conference before. So this will be something new and interesting! Beyond that, I’ll have an opportunity to share some of the hacks and tweaks that my library has done to our website!

However, budgets are tight and the library probably won’t be able to help send me to this conference. Attending one of these things is expensive, even when you’re a contributor. I’d like to raise a little money to hopefully offset the cost of airfare, hotel, and all of that stuff. I travel cheap, and I travel light.

So if you have an interest, help a librarian go to a national conference and share what he knows about a major ILS, hacking on PACs, and geeky stuff like that. I plan to record my presentation in some way, shape, or form and will make it available online for everyone to listen to. If you have an interest in Polaris PowerPAC and making it do things it probably wasn’t supposed to do, then this might be a good ticket for you!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support!

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