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Announcing February Digital collection development coffee klatch and IRC howto

Just a heads up that the February virtual coffee klatch will be held on IRC channel #FDLP next Wednesday February 11 at 9am PST / 12 noon EST. We’ll discuss the fugitives collection project that was announced at GODORT Federal Documents Task Force and any other issues you want to bring up connected to digital collection development.

Below are directions for how to connect to the #FDLP channel on irc.freenode.net as well as FAQs on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and what clients to use. IRC is a long-time protocol mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums. It predates online chat like AOL instant messenger, google talk, jabber etc.

I look forward to chatting with everyone! (and if you want to test out IRC before next weds, I stay connected to the #FDLP channel when online. So chances are, I’ll be there to chat whenever you want).

IRC howto:

  1. Install an IRC client (unless you prefer to do it from the command line)
  2. Connect to the IRC server. In the case of #FDLP IRC channel, I’ve registered the chat room on irc.freenode.net
  3. Join the #FDLP chat room


what is IRC?

Other links to help:

IRC chat clients:

*NOTE: some of the popular chat clients — Adium for OSX and Pidgin for Windows — support the IRC protocol.

Below is information from Shari Laster on how to use the Freenode Web interface or Chatzilla Firefox plugin. Thanks Shari!!

Freenode web interface.

  1. Go to https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=%23fdlp
  2. The channel (#fdlp) should appear automatically. Enter a nickname and the captcha, then click connect
  3. Note that it may pause for a moment when logging in. This is completely normal and no cause for panic.

ChatZilla might be a little intimidating for people who don’t usually mess around with extensions. Since I had to go through the installation process again at home, I wrote out the once-and-done process. I think it’d make joining on a regular basis easier for some folks.

  1. Open Firefox and click Add-Ons (from the drop down menu in the upper right).
  2. In the search box on the upper left corner, search for ChatZilla.
  3. Click the Install button to the right of the latest version of ChatZilla.
  4. Restart your browser by clicking the link that appears, or close all tabs/windows and then reopen Firefox.
  5. From the Add-On manager, click ChatZilla and select options.
  6. Under General Settings, set the preferred Nickname (not the Username).
  7. Under Startup, scroll down to Locations and click Add…
  8. Enter irc://freenode/fdlp and click OK.
  9. Click OK to save these changes.
  10. You should now see ChatZilla as an option under the Tools menu in the browser. Click it to launch.
  11. Note that it may pause for a moment when logging in. This is completely normal and no cause for panic.

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1 Comment

  1. I’ve successfully used the freenode web interface in a fairly locked down IT environment. It’s worth trying if other methods fail you.

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