Code4NewHaven 2011

Let's hold code4lib 2011 in New Haven!

City and Environs

Founded in 1638, New Haven is considered by many the 'cultural capital' of Connecticut, encomposing Yale University, six National Historic Landmarks, a wide array of world-class architecture from the likes of John Gamble Rogers, Frank Gehry, Paul Rudolph, Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, and Louis Kahn, and many other attractions.

The Yale campus is conveniently located at the center of downtown New Haven, walking distance to many restaurants, pubs, theaters (e.g., the Yale Rep and Long Wharf), libraries, bookstores, free museums (e.g., the Yale Center for British Art and Yale Art Gallery, facing each other in two different Louis Kahn buildings), the Peabody natural history museum, music clubs, and boutique shops. New Haven has several other colleges including Southern Connecticut State University (with Connecticut's only Library and Information Science program) Albertus Magnus, Quinnipiac University (which is technically in Hamden), and the University of New Haven (which is technically in West Haven).

The Yale Library

The Yale Library is worth a visit for its own sake. One of the world's great research facilities, we have 13 million volumes housed in 21 school and departmental libraries. At Sterling Memorial Library (where most of us work) we have the largest collection of Babylonian artifacts in the Western Hemisphere. Across the street at the Beinecke Rare Book Library we have one the world's 48 extant copies of the Gutenberg Bible on permanent display. We are developing various 'next generation' discovery tools and digital library services, including Yufind (based on Lucene/Solr and Villanova's excellent open-source Vufind software), Cross Collection Search, the VRC Digital Library , the Yale Daily News Historical Archive, and many other initiatives.


New Haven is famous for its brick-oven pizza, which may have been invented here. Insanely popular pizza spots include:

That last one ("Bar") is by the way also a microbrewery, a lounge, a nightclub with a backroom theater, and, of course, a bar. It's located on Crown Street, which also has most of New Haven's dance clubs.

There are many excellent restaurants in walking distance. Here are a few of our favorites:

Then there's the venerable establishment Louis Lunch, where the first-ever hamburger is said to have been served in 1900.

There's a great little jazz club in the historic Ninth Square district called Firehouse 12 (where Daniel got to hear Larry Goldings play on the Hammond B3) and the famous rock venue, Toads Place.

Weather permitting, there are fun things to do outdoors such as biking along the old Farmington Canal or hiking around East Rock and West Rock.

Conference Capacity

There are multiple conference-friendly facilities in New Haven. Yale (should it choose to become a sponsor) has several buildings that can seat 250+ guests, and can provide conference services and free wireless internet access (though it might be hard to reserve weekdays during the academic year, in which case we might need to during during Spring Recess, i.e., March 5-21, 2011).

The Omni Hotel in downtown New Haven also has conference rooms, exhibition halls, etc. Inexpensive hotels in walking distance include the Courtyard Marriott and the very economical Duncan Hotel. New Haven is a truly walkable city.


New Haven lies between Boston and New York City, is accessible from Interstates 95 and 91, Amtrak, Greyhound, and commuter train services, Tweed-New Haven Airport (which though quite small, provides USAirways service through Philadelphia) and Bradley International Airport (about an hour's drive from Yale). New York City area airports are also an option.

The weather in February is average high of 37 and low of 19.

For more information, contact prospective organizing committee members:

Daniel Lovins
Mark A. Matienzo
Matthew Beacom
Jason Eiseman

This file last modified 03/05/10