Code4Lib Northwest was held June 7 at the White Stag building in Portland, OR.
Registration was closed and a waiting list established at least a month before the event because the room capacity of 65 was reached. Ten 20 minute sessions and 13 lightning talks listed at http://groups.google.com/group/pnwcode4lib/web/code4lib-northwest-2010 made for a full day. Our official timekeeper (a screaming flying monkey who gets upset if people yak too long) was the only one who was bored as everyone stayed focused to the end. About half of the attendees filled out evaluation forms. Roughly 70% rated it as excellent, and everyone else gave it the next highest rating. A number of themes appeared in the responses. People loved the format consisting of short presentations and lightning talks. They also gave the content, food, and venue high marks. However, both at the post conference evaluation and in written comments, people said they'd like more opportunity to interact directly with others. Breakout sessions, short Q/A sessions after every couple speakers, and other ideas were suggested. These ideas and others will be considered for improving next year's event. Significantly, a number of excellent technologists with a feel for the code4lib spirit indicated willingness to help organize the next Code4Lib Northwest, so we're already looking forward to Code4Lib Northwest 2011. Respectfully submitted, kyle