Call for Proposals, ALA Annual 2015

Conference programs and preconferences for Annual 2015!

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2015 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We’re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 60- and 90-minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. In 2014, we received over 60 proposals, resulting in 20 great LITA programs at the 2014 Annual Conference, all of which came from contributions like yours. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

When/Where is the Conference?

The 2015 Annual ALA Conference will be held  in San Francisco, California, from June 25th through 30th.

What kind of topics are we looking for?

We’re looking for programs of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

Some successful topics in the 2014 included: Practical Linked Data with Open Source (Full-day preconference); Technology Priorities for the New Library Reality; Building Gorgeous Responsive Websites with Twitter-Bootstrap. Some topics we are interested in are: library hackathons; data management & curation; responsive web design; homegrown technology tools, especially projects that adapt popular technologies in use outside libraries, for library use.

When are proposals due?

September 2, 2014

How I do submit a proposal?

Fill out this form http://bit.ly/LiCFP15

Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.

When will I have an answer?

The committee will be reviewing proposals after September 2; final decisions will be made by October 1.

Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA? or a LITA Interest Group (IG) or a committee?

No! We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been proposed.

Got another question?

Please feel free to email Deb Shapiro (PPC chair) (dsshapiro@wisc.edu)

Jobs in Information Technology: July 30

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

Deputy University Librarian and Director of Library Technology, University of Georgia Libraries,  Athens, GA

Librarian (Library IT Systems),  IMF,  Washington, DC

Supervising Programmer/Analyst, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting

Call for Proposals: Midwinter 2015 Workshops (Chicago, IL January 2015)

The LITA Education Committee is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for workshops to be presented at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago in January. We’re looking for interactive full day workshops on technology in libraries–use of, new ideas for, and trends.

*When/Where is the Conference?*
2015 ALA Midwinter Conference; January 30-February 3, 2015, Chicago, IL
Workshops will be presented on Friday, January 30.

*What kind of topics are we looking for? *
We’re looking for workshops that offer a deeper dive into subjects and provide hands on experience with technology currently being used and emerging in libraries.

Workshops and Preconferences offered recently included:
Strategic Social Media: Creating Library Community Online
Level Up Web: Modern Web Development and Management Practices for Libraries
Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing
Practical Linked Data with Open Source
Web Therapy
Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5

*When are proposals due? *
August 4, 2014

*How I do submit a proposal? *
Fill out this form
Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.

*When will I have an answer? *
The committee will be reviewing proposals after August 4, final decisions will be made before September.

*Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA/an IG/a committee?*
No! We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. If you are submitting a proposal on behalf of an IG, please let us know!

*Got another question?*
Please feel free to email Abigail Goben, LITA Education Chair, at  (abigailgoben@gmail.com) or find me on twitter @hedgielib and the committee will figure it out.

Jobs in Information Technology: July 23

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services, and Commonwealth Campuses, Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA

Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communications, Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA

Associate Dean for Technology, Discovery, and Digital Services, Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA

Dean, Libraries and Educational Technologies,  James Madison University,  Harrisonburg, VA

Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis, IN

Senior Programmer/Analyst, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

Jobs in Information Technology: July 16

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.


New This Week

Head Librarian, Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus,  Pennsylvania State University,  Wilkes-Barre, PA

Library Director, Pelham Public Library, Pelham, NH

Summer Reading Regional Presenter,  Kansas Library Consultants for Youth,  Manhattan, KS

Technical Content Specialist, Computercraft Corporation, Bethesda, MD

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries

Being found in commercial search engines, like Google, and writing indexable content have largely been on the periphery of library web development practice. In this course/workshop, we will explore the mechanics and principles of acceptable best practices for SEO, identify components that contribute to successful harvesting of library web sites and microsites, and discuss the need to make library content findable in broader online settings. Come learn why SEO is not just “snake oil” and can be an integral part of library marketing and outreach initiatives.

Topics include:

  • web analytics,
  • creating indexable content,
  • understanding search engines,
  • engineering findability,
  • the business case for SEO,
  • distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable SEO

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Understand the difference between acceptable best practices for SEO and unacceptable SEO.
  • Learn how bots create the web index for your web sites.
  • Learn how to apply the basic activities around acceptable best practices for SEO.
  • Learn how to conduct SEO keyword and topic research
  • Learn how to set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools to measure SEO success and diagnose SEO problems.
  • Know how to create a business case for SEO work in your library

Who Should Attend:

  • Web developers and System Administrators with some web management experience
  • Any librarian interested in web analytics and building findable content for the web

Instructors:

(Team teaching with Montana State University research team including:

Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Library; Jason Clark, Head of Library Informatics and Computing;  Patrick OBrien, Semantic Web Research Director Scott Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Course Level & Prerequisites

Participants should know how to use a text editor and a current standard Web Browser. Some basic knowledge of HTML will be helpful

Date(s) & Time(s)

10:30 a.m – 12:30  p.m.(CDT) each of these days:

  • July 17 – Best Practices and “Why do SEO?” intro
  • July 18 – Semantic Markup and Structured Data for SEO
  • July 21 – SEO Analytics
  • July 23 – Emerging SEO Techniques

Fee

LITA Member: $135

ALA Member: $195

Non-member: $260

How to Register

For more information, visit the web site, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  or lita@ala.org

Announcing the LITA Blog Editor

We are pleased to announce that Brianna Marshall will be the new editor of the LITA Blog. Brianna is the Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her MLS and MIS from Indiana University in May 2014. She most recently was the Managing Editor of the popular Hack Library School blog, and brings a lot of great experience and ideas to the LITA Blog.

Watch for calls from Brianna for regular and guest contributors coming soon.

LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee – IG Renewal Document

One of the jobs of the LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee is to oversee the formation and dissolution of LITA Interest Groups. I’ve created and updated a document that has both current names and dates of LITA Interest Groups, renewal dates, and past IGs that have been dissolved.

LITA Interest Group document

If anyone has any questions, please let me know: griffey at gmail.com

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