California data librarians, data curators, and others interested in exploring and discussing data-related services for academic libraries are invited to a two-day unconference-style meeting hosted by UC Santa Barbara Library.

This event will be partly held in UCSB Library’s Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, which houses a newly-launched program to support campus data discovery, research, analysis, and visualization. The Collaboratory provides access to high-powered workstations, high-resolution monitors, content sources, and research assistance, and also supports interdisciplinary programming and workshops.

Registration is free, and attendance will be limited to around 30.


Instruction & Training Room 1312, First floor, UCSB Library

UCSB Library 1st Floor Map | UCSB Library

Guest wifi service will be available


Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We will meet from 8:30-4:00 on Monday, and 8:30-3:00 on Tuesday. The schedule can be found here.

Lunch will be provided.


Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are 5-10 minute focused presentations on a topic of your choice, such as a new service, initiative, technology or challenge, followed by one or two questions.  These do not need to be formal presentations.  To sign up for a lightning talk, please send an email to Tom Brittnacher ( and provide a title and a brief description.  We will accommodate as many of these as possible.

Unconference Sessions

Unconference sessions are informal forums for discussing a data-oriented topic, usually lasting an hour or an hour and a half.  These sessions could be about an issue we’re facing (such as data curation and the rescue of at-risk data), a comparison of approaches at different campuses (such as data services vs. data curation, workflows, what hasn’t worked on campuses, etc.), or a brainstorming session around an idea (such as collaborative training among librarians at our campuses), just to name a few suggestions.

If you would like to propose an unconference session, please enter your name, a title for the session, and a brief description into the document here.  You will also be given an opportunity to propose a session on the first morning of the meeting.  We request that if you propose a session, you also act as moderator.  You do not need to be an expert on the topic, but it helps to have someone lead off the discussion. 

During the unconference planning session Monday morning, everyone will have an opportunity to briefly give a synopsis of their proposed session if they wish, or propose additional topics.  Following that, everyone will be given stickers to vote on which topics are of most interest to them.  We will then assign those topics with the most votes to the session time slots.  There will be two concurrent sessions during each of the 5 unconference session times; however, if there is enough interest in a topic, we may combine the concurrent sessions into a plenary event.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Goodland Kimpton Hotel for Sunday, 3/12 through Wednesday, 3/15. Unfortunately, reservations are no longer being accepted at the conference rate of $159/night plus tax. 

The Goodland Kimpton Hotel
5650 Calle Real
Goleta CA 93117
(805) 967-4264

The hotel is approximately 3 miles from the Santa Barbara Airport and 4 miles from UCSB.

Other local accommodations include:

Van transportation

UCSB Library will provide daily transportation between the Goodland Hotel and the Library for attendees.  Vans will depart the hotel at 8:15am each morning. and return to the hotel 15 minutes after the conclusion of the event each day.

Auto travel:

UC Santa Barbara is located about 100 miles north of downtown Los Angeles on U.S. 101.

Driving directions to campus

Traveling North on the U.S. 101 Freeway:

Exit the 101 freeway at the Airport / UCSB (Route 217) off-ramp (approximately eight miles north of Santa Barbara) and proceed straight ahead. Route 217 ends at the Henley Gate entrance to campus. Just inside the Henley Gate, veer right onto Mesa Road and continue to the traffic signal at University Plaza. Turn left into University Plaza and continue to the Information Kiosk (in the center of the plaza) for your parking permit and directions. A permit must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle while on-campus.

Traveling South on the U.S. 101 Freeway:

Exit the 101 Freeway at the Storke Road / Glen Annie Road (Exit 108) off-ramp (approximately 12 miles north of Santa Barbara). Turn right onto Storke Road and continue to El Colegio Road. Turn left onto El Colegio Road and proceed to Ocean Road. Turn left onto Ocean Road and continue to Mesa Road. Turn right onto Mesa Road and proceed to the traffic signal at University Plaza. Turn right into University Plaza and continue to the Information Kiosk (in the center of the plaza) for your parking permit and directions. A permit must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle while on-campus.

See the library's Directions and Parking page for more information.

Air travel:

Santa Barbara Airport is located less than 2 miles from UCSB and approximately 10 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. Car rental and taxi services are readily available at the airport.

Both Uber and Lyft are available in the Santa Barbara area. Fare from the Santa Barbara Airport or Goodland Hotel to campus is approximately $6. Fare from downtown to campus is approximately $20.

Santa Barbara Airbus to LAX Information and Reservations

Rail travel:

Amtrak serves both Santa Barbara and Goleta. The Goleta station is only 4 miles from UCSB, but offers limited options for local ground transportation.

Both Uber and Lyft are available in the Santa Barbara area. Fare from the Goodland Hotel to campus is approximately $6. Fare from downtown/Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to campus is approximately $20.


Registration is now closed.

Campus information:

UCSB Library

UCSB web page

UCSB Transportation and Parking Services

Map of campus

Maps of surrounding community

The University of California has adopted a smoke- and tobacco-free policy for all campuses.

Local Information:

Sometimes called America's Riviera, Santa Barbara is known as one of the loveliest towns in America. It offers natural beauty, red-tiled roof architecture, and one of the most desirable climates in the world. Santa Barbarans enjoy the majestic beauty of the sloping foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, palm-lined white-sand beaches, and the city's distinctive Spanish-Mediterranean architecture.

Local weather

Code of conduct:

We want this event to be a welcoming and inclusive experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, nationality, or political beliefs. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Harassment includes any behavior that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Please contact the event organizers if you have any concerns.


Tom Brittnacher, Geospatial Data Curator,

Shari Laster, Data Services Librarian,