In this issue of LITA Updates
- Hello from Your New Executive Director, Jenny Levine
- 2016 Election runs March 15 – April 22
- LITA at ALA Annual (Hear Dr. Safiya Noble Speak at our President’s Program)
- Meet LITA Emerging Leader Melissa Stoner
- Current Online Learning Opportunities
- New #LITAchats on Twitter
SAVE THE DATE: This year’s LITA Forum will be November 17-20 in Fort Worth, Texas! More information coming soon.
Hello from Your New Executive Director
Just a quick wave to introduce myself as the still-feeling-very-new Executive Director of LITA. I started in August and while I’m still learning the ins and outs of our community, my favorite things are feedback and suggestions. If you have either of these, please don’t hesitate to contact me in whatever way works best for you.
Watch your email next week for your ballot, and help shape the future of LITA by voting in the 2016 election. Online voting will be open March 15 – April 22, with results announced on April 29. Find out more about the LITA and ALA elections on our website.
Candidates for LITA Offices
- President-elect/Vice President
- LITA Councilor
ALA Candidates who are LITA members
- Presidential candidate
- Christine Lind Hage
- Council candidates
- Robert Banks
- Ana Elisa de Campos Salles
- Mario M. Gonzalez
- Mel Gooch
- Jennifer Rushton Jamison
- Chulin Meng
- Kathryn Miller
- Scott Piepenburg
- Lauren Pressley
- Colby Mariva Riggs
- Edward L. Sanchez
- Jules Shore
We’re excited to announce that Dr. Safiya Noble is our 2016 President’s Program speaker. We also have three practical preconferences at Annual covering Digital Privacy and Security, Islandora for Managers, and Technology Tools and Transforming Librarianship, plus 20 programs including the always valuable Top Tech Trends program.
Learn more about all of the LITA happenings at Annual 2016 (early bird registration for the conference closes at noon Central Time on Tuesday, March 16th).
Meet LITA Emerging Leader Melissa Stoner
Have you met Melissa Stoner yet? If not, this is a great time to read her interview on LITA Blog because she’s our 2016 Emerging Leader.
Melissa works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with the Lied Library Digital Collections, where she is the Workflow Manager for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project. “I am Navajo and lived in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation until I was 24…. I hope that in some way my being an Emerging Leader could inspire others from a similar background.”
Melissa is working with three other Emerging Leaders to develop an archiving program for the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT). Her project, along with the others from this year’s cohort, will be presented at a Poster Session at the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, in Orlando, FL.
Current Online Learning Opportunities
The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries (webinar)
Presenter: Jacob Hoffman-Andrews
Offered: March 14, 2016
Yes, You Can Video: A how-to guide for creating high-impact instructional videos without tearing your hair out (repeat) (webinar)
Presenters: Anne Burke and Andreas Orphanides
Offered: April 12, 2016
Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians (online course)
Presenters: Jessica Olin and Holly Mabry
Offered: August 1 – September 9, 2016
We’ll be adding more spring opportunities on our website.
Newest LITA Guide
Digitizing Flat Media: Principles and Practices
by Joy M. Perrin
LITA members can use code RLLITA20 to receive a 20% discount.
New #LITAchats on Twitter
The Membership Development Committee has started hosting tech topic tweet-ups using #LITAchat and hosted by LITA experts, IGs, and Committees. The online chats will happen on the last Friday of each month around lunch time. Keep an eye on @ALA_LITA for announcements of future topics or search #LITAchat to see previous chats & topics.
Recent Posts on the LITA Blog
I’m a Librarian. Of tech, not books.
“Looking back, I wonder what would I have wanted to know before going into Systems, and most importantly, would it have changed my decision to do so, or rather, to stay? So what is it to be a Systems Librarian?…”
“The low cost, minimal learning curve, and interactivity of Cardboard make it the perfect tool to engage your library patrons.”
10 iPhone Tricks Every Librarian Should Know
“We can’t be expected to know everything about every device, but it’s always good to have a few tools ready at our disposal. Here are some handy tricks to keep at the ready if anyone comes at you with an iPhone and demands service.”
Thanks for reading, and please contact me anytime with questions, suggestions, or concerns.
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)