It is good to hear people from the code4Lib community will attend ELAG this year.
We organized ELAG last year in Wageningen (
ELAG has been around for 32 years now and I have been visiting it for quite a few years now.
I think ELAG originated as a get together of the European National Libraries, to share their experiences regarding the relative new topic of library automation.
ELAG is a loosely organized group of enthusiastic people, like code4lib is. The conferences were a mixture of more and less technical attendants and presentations.
Besides the presentations of papers it always had workshops. You take part in one of the workshops. They come together on several occasions during the conference to discuss their topic. Each workshop presents their conclusions on the last day.
Some of us would like Elag to develop in an even more technical direction like code4lib. 
Last year we introduced Lightning Talks, which were received very well.
So please come an join us in Bratislava in april (
We will be very happy with your participation.

And for what concerns a Dutch Code4Lib group as Etienne suggested. I am all for it and may be we can ELAG as the European platform for code4lib like activities.


Drs. P.J.C. van Boheemen
Hoofd Applicatieontwikkeling en beheer - Bibliotheek Wageningen UR
Head of Application Development and Management - Wageningen University and Research Library
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Van: Code for Libraries namens Edward M. Corrado
Verzonden: zo 25-1-2009 2:46
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Onderwerp: Re: [CODE4LIB] Dutch Code4Lib
I really don't know much about ELAG besides I'm going there. I think
they have the program set, or just about set, for this year so I don't
know if anything could me done formally in 2009 but maybe an informal
thing could be arranged the day before or the day after? At the least
maybe contacts can be made for 2010?

Does anyone know more about ELAG?


On 1/23/09, Hamparian,Don <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Do you see any opportunities to partner with them for an European meeting?
> Or is that more trouble then its worth?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Ross Singer
> Sent: Thu 1/22/2009 4:06 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Dutch Code4Lib
> Eric, this is a good point.  I will be at ELAG this year, and I think
> Ed Corrado will, too.
> Past presentations look to be very in line with Code4lib and, in fact,
> it was billed to me as "If you think of Access or Code4Lib but in a
> scenic European setting with great beer then you'll have a good idea
> of what we are planning" by Ron Davies, one of the coordinators.
> -Ross.
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 1/22/09 1:02 PM, "Ed Summers" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Wow, this sounds too good to be true. Perhaps this is premature, but
>>> do you think there might be interest in hosting a code4lib2010 in the
>>> Netherlands? (he asks selfishly).
>> On another note, there is already a library conference that is apparently
>> very similar to the Access tradition and Code4Lib that takes place in
>> Europe, and I think it is called European Library Automation Group (ELAG).
>> See:
>> While I would love to have a Code4Lib "thang" in Europe, maybe there is
>> something already in place. This year it is in Bratislava (Slovakia). Next
>> year I believe it takes place somewhere in Norway.
>> --
>> Eric Morgan