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Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

LITA Board Meetings Streamed from #ALA11

The LITA Board has voted to distribute a stream of the 2011 ALA Annual LITA Board meetings, and will be embedding the stream here on LITABlog! The two Board meetings are scheduled as follows:

Board of Directors I: Saturday, June 25, 2011 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Board of Directors II: Monday, June 27, 2011 – 1:30pm – 5:30pm

All of the documents relating to the Board meetings can be found here:

2011 Annual Conference Board Documents

If you plan to attend the Board meetings virtually, we’d love to know who you are! Please fill out the following form in order to let us know:

LITA Board Meeting Sign-Up Sheet

The streaming video will be via the LITA Ustream channel, but we will embed a stream here as well as soon as we begin. Follow in either place!

The World (and Jason Griffey) interviews Vernor Vinge

On Saturday, January 8 at 1:30pm in Room 29 A-D of the San Diego Convention Center, I have the opportunity to interview an incredible author and thinker, Dr. Vernor Vinge. Dr. Vinge is most well known for being a multiple Hugo Award winning author, but he is also a Professor and technologist, famous for being a proponent of the idea of The Singularity. If you have time to pick up one of his works before ALA MidWinter 2011, I’d recommend Rainbows End…it has some of the most interesting discussions of libraries, digitization, augmented reality, and information immersion of any book in the last 50 years. He even name-checks the ALA in it. :-)

I am taking questions both now and live during the interview. We will be streaming the Interview here on LITABlog, as well as at the LITA UStream channel, taking questions via Facebook and Twitter, but if you have questions you’d like to ensure that I ask, please let me know at the form below.

Dr. Vinge will be speaking for the first 1/2 hour or so of the program, and then we’ll settle in to the questions. Come join us for what will surely be a great conversation.

Proposals for ALA Annual 2011

While it may seem insane, it is time once again to start thinking of presentation and program topics for next year, the 2011 Annual Conference, in New Orleans, LA, June 23–29, 2011. Think about it this way: see something or hear about something cool at Annual 2010 in DC? Make it better, faster, stronger for 2011!

As with last year, the Program Planning Committee is taking all proposals electronically through the form below. Deadline? July 31st, 2010. Get your proposals in when you get back from ALA 2010!

Joan Lippincott Video

As promised, here’s the first of the three Keynote videos from LITA Forum 2009. It’s not perfect, as we tried several different strategies throughout filming the various keynotes…try and frame the speaker and the screen wasn’t great, so in later videos we just concentrated on the speaker.

In any case, I hope you enjoy! The embed is to a web-friendly version, but we do have the HD version as well…at least until our hosting decides to kill us for the massive filesize (seriously, I plan to move these over to for permanent storage, but for now, go easy on the HD, please).

HD m4v download

Joan Lippincott