LITA Web Course Available: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript

LITA is announcing the availability of Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST on January 6, 8, 10, and 13, 2014.
Geolocation, Native video, Offline storage, Semantic markup elements, Responsive web design, Canvas elements, Voice input, Drag and Drop, Opacity, Gradients… HTML5 (a generic term that includes new HTML tags, enhanced CSS styles/behaviors and new Javascript APIs) has been released and is changing the way Web developers work. With wide support in mobile browsers and the latest browser releases from Google and Firefox, HTML5 is poised to be the technology that will help build the next version of the Web.
Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5 will consist of four live lectures held 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST, January 6, 8, 10, and 13, 2014, with additional self-paced modules in Moodle. Participants will examine the trends and enhancements that HTML5, CSS3 and the new Javascript APIs enable. Participants will talk through the specifics of implementation and work through building a prototype HTML5 application.
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LITA Offering two full-day workshops in Philadelphia

LITA is offering two Midwinter Workshops on Friday, January 24, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm in Philadelphia.

Strategic Social Media: Creating Library Community Online will be presented by Doralyn Rossmann, Scott Young, Angela Tate, and Mary Anne Hansen of Montana State University Library. Presenters will go beyond the basics by demonstrating how to create a social media guide for developing communities on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, and Foursquare. Find ways to integrate social media efforts into your organization’s strategic plan and to establish best practices and assessment methodologies. Emphasis includes creating a meaningful voice and a compelling personality.

Level Up Web: Modern Web Development and Management Practices for Libraries will be presented by Nina McHale and Christine Coughlan of Aten Design Group (CO). Topics will include: how to launch and execute a user-centric discovery and design process; content strategy; web governance and staffing; information architecture; managing a web environment/CMS; iterative development; and version control. Attendees will leave with tailored plans, covering both short-term wins and long-term strategies, to “level up” their own web presences when they return to their libraries. This session is intended for librarians and staff of all technical ability levels, from the administrator managing staff who perform web work to the reference librarian contributing web site content to the sysadmin who keeps the servers running. It provides a big picture of the web development process for all who are involved in the process.

You may register online for a LITA workshop by completing the ALA Midwinter registration: You may also add a workshop to your existing Midwinter registration or register for a workshop only by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084, or you may register onsite in Philadelphia.

For additional information on LITA workshops and Midwinter events, visit

Call for Proposals: 2014 LITA Forum

Due February 24, 2014

The 2014 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 17th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 5-8, 2014.

The 2014 theme, “Transformation: From Node to Network”, reflects the ongoing evolution of libraries from being seen as largely standalone institutions focused on their own locale to being integrated into and within their communities — whether on a local, regional, national, or global level, or on all four.

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, 50-minute concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate.

Proposals could relate to any of the following topics:

  • Cooperation & collaboration
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Researcher information networks
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Large- and small-scale resource sharing
  • User experience & users
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Data driven libraries or related assessment projects
  • Anything else that relates to the conference theme

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology, even if not covered by the above list. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Submit your proposal through by February 24, 2014.

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Please submit your proposal through

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Linked Data Webinar Series Available

LITA is offering a series of webinars on Linked Data. The series begins with “Linked data primer” on December 5, 2013 11:00 AM – noon CST, continues with “Coding experiments to transform MARC to linked data” on January 14th, 2014 11:00 AM – noon CST and concludes with “SKOS, SPARQL, and vocabulary management” on February 11, 2014 11:00 AM – noon CST.

“Linked data primer” will help participants reformulate MARC bibliographic data that are parts of a record and enable the same data to live out on the open Web. For this transformation, currently, the most commonly used form that is being deployed is based on RDF triples (Resource Description Framework). RDF is a standard that bridges human and data for interchange on the Web. It supports evolution of schemas over time, and makes relationships meaningful through the triple structure.

“Coding experiments to transform MARC to linked data” will introduce the basic concepts behind BIBFRAME and demonstrate how MARC21 records could be ingested into a native BIBFRAME NoSQL bibliographic datastore that is part of the open-source Redis Library Services Platform. During the webinar, actual working code will be shown and how MARC record ingestion into the Redis Library Services Platform works along with a Discovery App that has the LinkedData JSON interfaces using BIBFRAME, RDA, and vocabularies.

“SKOS, SPARQL, and vocabulary management” looks at SPARQL and SKOS; two W3C standards that build on RDF. The SPARQL query language lets you look for patterns in any RDF dataset; its ability to query across multiple different datasets at once with no concern for explicit structure is opening up new possibilities for working with distributed data. SKOS is an extensible RDF-based ontology designed for vocabulary management, and the Library of Congress, New York Times, and other organizations have made their subject heading and name authority files publicly available in SKOS. We’ll see how to use SPARQL and SKOS together to get more out of SKOS and other RDF-based data.

Participants may register for one or more webinars, with a bundled registration rate being offered for those who register for all three.

For registration and additional information, visit the course page.

LITA Web Course November 11-December 1: Getting Started with GIS

There is still space left for this 3 week, asynchronous course. Getting Started with GIS provides an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in libraries. Through hands on exercises, discussions and recorded lectures, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, map making, digitizing and researching for geospatial data. The course provides introductory GIS skills that will prove beneficial in any library or information resource position.

The course will run November 11 – December 1 and will consist of weekly asynchronous lectures and self-paced modules in Moodle.  No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary.

Presented by Eva Dodsworth, Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library in Ontario, the course is modeled on her LITA Guide of the same name.

For registration and additional information, visit:

Nominations sought for prestigious research award

Nominations are invited for the 2014 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2013.

The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed. The Kilgour award consists of $2,000 cash, an award citation and an expense paid trip (airfare and two nights lodging) to the ALA Annual Conference.

Nominations will be accepted from any member of the American Library Association. Nominating letters must address how the research is relevant to libraries; is creative in its design or methodology; builds on existing research or enhances potential for future exploration; and/or solves an important current problem in the delivery of information resources. A curriculum vita and a copy of several seminal publications by the nominee must be included. Preference will be given to completed research over work in progress. Currently-serving officers and elected officials of LITA, members of the Kilgour Award Committee and OCLC employees and their immediate family members are ineligible.

Send nominations by December 31, 2013, to the Award jury chair: Erik Mitchell, 255 Doe Library, MC 6000, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 or emitchell (at)

The Kilgour Research Award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program on June 29th during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Don’t Miss the 2013 LITA Forum!

Don’t miss the 2013 LITA Forum “Creation, Collaboration, Community,” to be held Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Louisville, KY.

This year’s Forum will feature keynote speakers Travis Good, Nate Hill and Emily Gore.More than 30 concurrent sessions and a dozen poster sessions will provide a wealth of practical information on a wide range of topics.

Two preconference workshops will also be offered; choose from Managing Projects. Or, I’m in charge, now what? presented by Rosalyn Metz of Stanford University or  IT Security for Librarians, presented by Blake Carver of LISHost. You can also attend a preconference without registering for the entire Forum – or enhance your Forum experience by adding a preconference to your existing registration.

Networking opportunities, one of the small conference advantages, are an important part of the Forum. Take advantage of the Friday evening reception and sponsor showcase, networking dinners, meals and breaks throughout the Forum to get to know LITA leaders, Forum speakers, sponsors, and peers.

Register now online or onsite in Louisville!

LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors

LITA is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program.  Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate.  The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2014.

The purpose of the award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students.  The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, library consortia and others.

At the time the unpublished manuscript is submitted, the applicant must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies at the masters or PhD level.

To be eligible, applicants must follow the detailed guidelines and fill out the application form.  Send the signed, completed forms by February 28, 2014 to the Award Committee Chair, Regina Koury, Idaho State University, Eli M. Oboler Library, 950 South 9th, Pocatello, ID 83209-8089.  Submit the manuscript to Regina  electronically at kourregi (at) by February 28, 2014.

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.  For more information about Ex Libris Group visit

For further information, please contact Mary Taylor at LITA, 312-280-4267.

LITA/Library Hi Tech award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the LITA and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publishers of Library Hi Tech. The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2013.

The award, given to either an individual or an institution, may recognize a single seminal work or a body of work created during or continuing into the five years immediately preceding the award year.  The body of work need not be limited to published texts, but can include course plans or actual courses and/or non-print publications such as visual media.  More information and a list of previous winners can be found on the LITA web site in the Awards and Scholarships section.

Currently serving officers and elected officials of LITA, members of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award Committee, and employees and their immediate family of Emerald Group Publishing are ineligible.

Nominations must include the name(s) of the recipient(s), basis for nomination, and references to the body of work and should be sent to Susan Sharpless Smith, LITA/Library Hi Tech Award Committee chair, at smithss (at)  Electronic submissions are preferred, but print submissions may be sent to Susan Sharpless Smith, Wake Forest University, Z Smith Reynolds Library, 1834 Wake Forest Dr, P O Box 777, Winston Salem, NC 27109-6000.

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas.

About Emerald Group Publishing,

Established in 1967, Emerald Group Publishing is the world’s leading publisher of management research.  In total, Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services.  Emerald is borht COUNTER and TRANSFER compliant.  The organization is partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

For further information, contact Mary Taylor, 312-280-4267.

September ITAL available

The September issue of Information Technology and Libraries is now available, issue contents are listed below. To receive automatic notifications of future issues, please subscribe to ITAL.

Suggestions and feedback are always welcome, please send to:

Bob Gerrity
ITAL Editor
gerrityr (at)

Information Technology and Libraries
Volume 32, Number 3 (September 2013)


Cindi Trainor
President’s Message

Bob Gerrity
Editor’s Comments


Gina Schlesselman-Tarango
Searchable Signatures: Context and the Struggle for Recognition

Social networking sites made possible through Web 2.0 allow for unique user-generated tags called “searchable signatures.”  These tags move beyond the descriptive and act as means for users to assert online individual and group identities.  A study of searchable signatures on the Instagram application demonstrates that these types of tags are valuable not only because they allow for both individuals and groups to engage in what social theorist Axel Honneth calls the struggle for recognition, but also because they provide contextual use data and sociohistorical information so important to the understanding of digital objects.  This article explores how searchable signatures might be used by both patrons and staff in library environments.

Jenny Emanuel
Digital Native Academic Librarians, Technology Skills, and Their Relationship with Technology

A new generation of academic librarians, who are a part of the Millennial Generation born between 1982 and 2001 are now of the age to either be in graduate school or embarking on their careers. This paper, as part of a larger study examining Millennial academic librarians, their career selection, their attitudes, and their technology skills, looks specifically at the technology skills and attitudes towards technology among a group of young librarians and library school students.  The author initially wanted to learn if the increasingly high tech nature of academic librarianship attracted Millennials to the career, but results showed that they had a much more complex relationship with technology than the author assumed.

Kristina L. Southwell and Jacquelyn Slater
An Evaluation of Finding Aid Accessibility for Screen Readers

Since the passage of the American Disabilities Act in 1990 and the coincident growth of the Internet, academic libraries have worked to provide electronic resources and services that are accessible to all patrons. Special collections are increasingly being added to these web-based library resources, and they must meet the same accessibility standards. The recent popularity surge of Web 2.0 technology, social media sites, and mobile devices has brought greater awareness about the challenges faced by those who use assistive technology for visual disabilities. This study examines the screen-reader accessibility of online special collections finding aids at 68 public US colleges and universities in the Association of Research Libraries.

Ping Fu and Moira Fitzgerald
A Comparative Analysis on the Effect of the Chosen ILSes on Systems and Technical Services Staffing Models

This analysis compares how the traditional integrated library system (ILS) and the next-generation ILS may impact system and technical services staffing models at academic libraries. The method used in this analysis is to select two categories of ILSs—two well-established traditional ILSs and three leading next-generation ILSs—and compare them by focusing on two aspects: (1) software architecture and (2) workflows and functionality. The results of the analysis suggest that the next-generation ILS could have substantial implications for library systems and technical staffing models in particular, suggesting that library staffing models could be redesigned and key librarian and staff positions redefined to meet the opportunities and challenges brought on by the next-generation ILS.

Megan Johnson
Usability Test Results for Encore in an Academic Library

This case study gives the results a usability study for the discovery tool Encore Synergy, an Innovative Interfaces product, launched at Appalachian State University Belk Library & Information Commons in January 2013.  Nine of the thirteen participants in the study rated the discovery tool as more user friendly, according to a SUS (Standard Usability Scale) score, than the library’s tabbed search layout, which separated the articles and catalog search.  All of the study’s participants were in favor of switching the interface to the new “one box” search. Several glitches in the implementation were noted and reported to the vendor.  The study results have helped develop Belk library training materials and curricula.  The study will also serve as a benchmark for further usability testing of Encore and Appalachian State Library’s website. This article will be of interest to libraries using Encore Discovery Service, investigating discovery tools, or performing usability studies of other discovery services.