What is your Library doing about Emerging Technologies?

LITA presented a panel at ALA’s 2010 Conference that posed the question, What is your library doing about emerging technologies?

Bohyun Kim, the Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University, moderated the discussion with the aid of slides that posed questions for four groups of panelists.

GROUP 1:

  • Elisabeth Leonard, Associate Dean for Library Services, Western Carolina University
  • Frank Cervone, Vice Chancellor for Information Services, Purdue University Calumet

I stepped into a packed room as Elisabeth Leonard tackled the question, “What are emerging technologies and how should they be adapted for libraries?”

Leonard suggested that as librarians we should “think through the eyes of our users.”  She argued that emerging technologies depend on the target user.  In other words, context matters.  Leonard stated that social networking sites (e.g., Twitter and Facebook) are not emerging technologies for today’s youth.  For them, social networking is a way of life.  Leonard paused for a moment and added that the reverse could be argued for another user group.

Frank Cerone stepped in and argued that social networking sites are not emerging technologies for any user group.  To discover emerging technologies, Cerone suggested that libraries look to the commercial realm for inspiration.

Kim opened the discussion up to a question from the audience, and someone asked, “You’ve been talking about emerging technologies and what they aren’t, so what exactly is an emerging technology?  What’s an example of one?”

“3-D television,” Cerone said.  He added that libraries could include 3-D TV in group study rooms.

“I consider 3-D a ‘leading edge technology’ rather than an emerging one,” argued Leonard.  Leonard proposed discovery systems as an example of her definition of an emerging technology.

GROUP 2:

  • Amanda Margis, Web Services Children’s Librarian ,Warren-Newport Public Library
  • Danielle Whren Johnson, Digital Access Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
  • Darcy Del Bosque, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Elisabeth Abarbanel, School Librarian, Brentwood School, Los Angeles
  • Rebekah Kilzer, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Drexel University Libraries

The next group of panelists brought new insights to the panel as they addressed the question, “What are the daily tasks and skills required of emerging technologies librarians?”

Before answering this question, Amanda Margis explained that the idea of “emerging technologies” was not included in her job description.  Instead, she sought out emerging technologies because she saw a need, and a recent reorganization provided her with time to devote to this endeavor.

Meanwhile, Darcy Del Bosque explained that her job description has changed five times within a four-month time frame. Del Bosque said that her daily tasks and skills had changed with each revision, but her default role had become the fixer of “stuff that breaks.”

Elisabeth Abarbanel’s experience as a school librarian provided another perspective of emerging technologies in educational organizations.  Abarbanel explained that the librarians and teachers at Brentwood in Los Angeles work collaboratively to bring emerging technologies to the classroom.  She added that, for her users, an emerging technology might be RSS feeds.  For Abarbanel, an emerging technologies librarians should be flexible, involved, and have a knack for publicizing and promoting ideas.  “Do not be afraid to bring a new vocabulary to your institution,” advised Abarbanel–suggesting that librarians need to exude confidence in order to get others excited about new technologies.

Upon entering her role as the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Drexel University Libraries, Rebekah Kilzer performed an environmental scan of the library by taking note of technologies that had already been implemented.  She also talked with her colleagues about their expectations of and suggestions for emerging technologies at their libraries.

Kim posed the question, “How can librarians stay current when it comes to emerging technologies?”

Margis explained that librarians can stay up-to-date on technologies by listening to voices outside of the library.  Margis said that she subscribes to the tech feeds of Mashable, Lifehacker, and Wired.  She also recommended the blog In the Library with a Lead Pipe as a good place to look for tech tips.  Margis dropped a few more names, including ReadWriteWeb, Non-profit Tech Blog, and Museum 2.0.  Margis concluded, “If you want to stay up-to-date, play with the technology… Even if you don’t have it, just get your hands on it… Experiment, test, and reevaluate.”

Danielle Whren added to Margis’ comments, and said, “Go to conferences for non-library things to see what library is missing.”

It seemed to me that the entire panel was saying, “Think outside of the biblio-box!”

Kim asked, “How do u assess emerging technology projects?”

When it comes to assessment, Del Bosque said that you can’t spend your time looking at what other libraries are doing.  Look at your local population.  “How are u going to define your success?” she asked.  For example, some libraries might define success based on usage while others might be concerned with information retrieval.  “Try usability testing, surveys, and focus groups,” Del Bosque said.  These simple and low-cost research methods can help you define your project.   Upon implementing a new technology, Del Bosque asks, “Where do we fit in the life cycle of the project? When is someone else coming in?”

GROUP 3:

  • Cynthia Johnson, Head of Reference, University of California, Irvine
  • Jacquelyn Erdman, Web Services Librarian, East Carolina University
  • Kathryn Munson, Assistant Access Services Librarian, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Marissa Ball, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Florida International University

Group 3 addressed management issues in their responses to the question, “How does your library organize the responsibilities of emerging technologies?”

Cynthia Johnson said that her emerging technologies position took on a consulting role, since UC-Irvine has a web services department and a team of developers.  Jacquelyn Erdman has the benefit of working with a full committee that has an ever-changing group of members.

As the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Florida International University, Marissa Ball explained her team-based approach of bringing new tech tools to the library.  Ball realized that if she got the early adopter types to test out new tech tools, then they would share their knowledge with others.  Through this method of peer-to-peer training, Ball’s team has found uses for tools like Jing and LibX for instruction and collection development.

Next, Kim asked, “How clear is your library’s vision on emerging technologies?”

Due to budget restraints, Erdman said that her team at East Carolina University decided to host an in-house conference that focused on emerging technologies.  Erdman and her colleagues shared tech tools and tips.  The conference gave library staff a new set of tools to increase productivity and communication.

In order to clearly state your library’s vision for emerging technologies, Kathryn Munson suggested a different type of strategic planning.  Munson said that you should document what you are doing, what you aren’t, and why.  She stressed the importance of keeping your timeline in mind throughout the implementation process.

Johnson said that her library’s vision on emerging technologies is clear, since it mirrors that of the mission and vision of the university.  Johnson combined forces with the educational technologies and web services departments at UC-Irvine in order to accomplish certain goals.

Additionally, Johnson explained how her expectations of user’s needs were far different than the reality.  After setting up the library’s Twitter account, Johnson watched as it evolved into a virtual suggestion box.  Johnson welcomed this unforeseen use of Twitter.  Despite the suggestion box that had lived at the library for years, user feedback flooded the library’s Twitter account.

You never can predict how emerging technologies will be used by others, said Erdman.  You need to consider users from the lowest to the highest level of ability and become friends with the person who is the worst or most resistant to new technology.

GROUP 4:

  • David Ratledge, Associate Professor & Head, Library Technology Services, University of Tennessee
  • Gwen Evans, Coordinator, Library Information and Emerging Technologies, Bowling Green State University
  • Rebecca K. Miller, College Librarian for the Sciences, Virginia Tech

Group 4 responded to the question, “How should libraries assess and take risks?”

Gwen Evans works with Computer Science students at Bowling Green State University in order to develop her library’s technological offerings.  Over the years, Evans has devised a system of overlapping schedules–allowing seasoned students to teach the newbies.  Although, the CS students have developed some amazing technologies, Evans said that she maintains a conservative attitude about production.  Still, “failure has to be built in.”

Evans  stressed that libraries confirm that they have the resources to take on a new project.  Where is your team of librarians?  Or, developers?  Who is going to see the project through and offer support for its life cycle?

Rebecca Miller pointed out that librarians can suffer from a case of “technolust.”  Librarians can easily get wrapped up in the “tech arms race” and forget to think about the cost of project’s entire life cycle.  Miller said that when it came time to decide which social media elements to bring to her library, she took a survey of students at Virginia Tech.  She said the decision boiled down to the question, “What can we not afford to do?”

David Ratledge responded, “Your users might be on Facebook, but, do they want you–the library–on Facebook?”

At this point, I was nodding.  As a twenty-something who signed up with Facebook back in its college-kids-only days, I don’t think that Facebook is everybody’s platform.  In addition to asking their users about their favorite social network sites, libraries need to ask their users, Do you want us on your social network?  Why or why not?

Evans said that her team hosts brown bag technology lunches that allow staff to get their hands on new software and tech products.  The brown bags give Evans a chance to hear her colleagues’ thoughts on emerging technologies and their potential for Bowling Green’s libraries.  Such feedback also helps Evans better understand what her colleagues expect from her as the Emerging Technologies Librarian.

After a few last thoughts from the panelists, Kim wrapped up the session.

You can view the PowerPoint slides from this LITA presentation here.  If the author has made an error or omitted an essential piece of panel advice, please leave your feedback in the Comments.

ALA10: LITA Awards Reception and President’s Program

Hi! I’m Andromeda Yelton, and I’ll be your conference blogger today, covering the LITA awards reception and President’s program.

LITA Awards Reception

Full disclosure: I’m one of the awardees, and utterly starstruck by the others.

The event opened with mingling and one of the best food spreads I saw at a program at Annual (cheese, fruit, cake); thank you, LITA, for knowing how to entertain.

The LITA/Library Hi Tech awardee was Marshall Breeding, whose Library Technology Guides site was indispensable to me during my library automation class; exciting to meet the man behind the data. Read the press release for more of his huge pile of accomplishments.

The Frederick G. Kilgour awardee was John Willinsky, whose Public Knowledge Project is doing some really interesting things with open access and scholarly communication. Read his press release, too. He told a charming anecdote about the library club in his school days, to general laughter.

And then me! I received the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award for my paper, “Document Classification Using Wikipedia”. Thank you to Ex Libris for your generous sponsorship, and to the awards committee for letting me share a stage with such distinguished awardees.

Then three LITA scholarships were presented (to Katy Rebecca Mahraj, Sofia Becerra, and Julianna Barrera-Gomez); only one could be there, but Mahraj shared some nice thoughts on how this support from LITA makes those of us who are new to the profession feel like our input matters.

LITA President’s Program

Mary Madden from the Pew Research Center, aka (as she pointed out) “the Pew Center on What the Hell Teens are Doing All Day”, presented on “Four or More” — what can we learn from bleeding-edge power users with four or more networked devices?

For details, check out her slides.

The beginning of the talk covered some common (if not always true) assumptions about youth internet use; demographics of the online population; and background information about who uses privacy controls. (See the slides for specifics.) The meat of the talk, though, concerned this four-or-more population. What do we know about them?

  • They’re younger, wealthier, and male-er than the US population as a whole…
  • …but not whiter. Unlike most early-adopter groups, they are about as racially diverse as the population at large.
  • They have near-universal adoption of desktop and laptop computers, cell phones, and iPods. Many have portable gaming devices. Only 13% have ereaders — but that’s four times the rate in the general population.
  • Their devices are wireless.
  • They are much more active users of social networking sites: more likely to be on those sites, to check them frequently, and to actively manage their online images.
  • They are more likely to filter the flow of content, not just out, but in; they need tools for managing their connectedness.

So what are the implications?

  • Question our assumptions about tech use.
  • Be ready for patrons who use multiple access points for online content and expect cloud-supported apps.
  • Expect that mobile users are social media users, but that a “limited capacity for engagement” means filtering tools are critical.
  • Know that privacy and reputation management are huge concerns, but people often understand them poorly (and need guidance).

Audience questions afterward ranged all over the map, but many showed a real concern for privacy issues. For instance: people can get value out of exposing their personal information (for instance, to recommender services) — how should we approach that? (Madden noted “personal information has become a form of currency online”.) Or: do teens manage privacy more actively than adults because they care, or because they put up so much content that they need more after-the-fact response? (Madden: the research isn’t all there to answer this. It’s complicated.) Or: we’ve been talking about online presence and tech skills as they relate to our personal lives, but what about our work lives? (Per the talk, some workplace policies limit employee online presence — and some require it. Madden noted that there’s a Pew report on Networked Workers [pdf], but we still need data on college students.)

Other audience questions touched on potential convergence of technologies (is four-or-more a meaningful metric if we’re all heading toward multifunctional single devices?), educational technology implications at both the K-12 and the university level, including both faculty adoption & training and the expectations of the rising generation of students; the role of gaming; workplace implications; how people find, and trust, information online; and the issue of copyright, both youth expectations and publisher roles. (For myself, I wonder if this population is a leading indicator or an outlier, which have different implications for how libraries need to respond.)

Madden recommended some further reading (and what would a library blog be without reading suggestions!). I think these were what she was talking about:

LITA Top Tech Trends ALA 2010

OPENING

Gregg Sylvis, Chair for the LITA Top Trends Committee kicked off the session.  Six panelists were  each to address current trends, imminent trends and long term trends (3-5 years out).

John Blyberg, Darien Library (CT), Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience

Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, OCLC

Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Monique Sendze, IT Director Johnson County Library, Overland Park, Kansas

Cindy Trainor, Coordinator for Library Technology and Data Services, Eastern Kentucky University

Joan Frye Williams, IT Consultant

CURRENT TRENDS

Blyberg discussed the new world of  “multilevel convergent media.”

  • With the explosion of new devices and communication channels, people are finding new ways to describe, explain, and interact with the world around them, and the boundaries between personal and professional domains have been blurring.
  • This has paved the way for a move to devices that are optimized across multiple applications to support diverse communication and information sharing needs.
  • Now it is becoming possible to reach a new point of synergy where the total impact across applications is becoming greater than the sum of its parts.  For example, writing a research paper is not a very good experience on the iPhone but the iPad will work well for this and across many other critical applications.

Dempsey called out some of the changes relating to mobile devices and their implications.

  • Much of the early development for mobile devices has related to the direct translation of the web applications to a mobile environment.Now there are opportunities to look at how services can be atomized and reconfigured.
  • The web experience can be tied to physical locations, as with the QR codes found at the ProQuest booth.
  • There is also the phenomenon of “microcoordination” or checking in to better manage space and logistical challenges.  For example, a quick call or IM can now be used to change the time or location of a personal or business meeting on the fly.

Griffey talked about how content is no longer tied to a container.

  • In the past, the container (book, journal, etc.) has defined how the information has been consumed and displayed.
  • Now we are starting to see “container sans interface.”  For example, users now expect the library catalog to look like Google, with less emphasis on the various types of information containers.
  • Use of iPad with touch screen does not focus the user on containers but just surfaces the information.
  • He feels that the touch screen is setting a new interface standard for browsing and exploring content, noting that after showing his iPad to his two-year-old daughter, she started to touch the screen of their TV expecting it to behave in the same way.

Sendze discussed the importance of libraries responding to the rapid evolution of mobile technologies in order to stay relevant to their users.

  • It is applications and software that make iPhone different from competing devices and this will also distinguish the iPad from its emerging competitors.
  • Libraries need to move aggressively into mobile applications and software as increasingly users will be coming to the library expecting to use their own devices rather than the library’s computers.

Trainor surfaced an increased emphasis user-driven collection development.

  • Libraries need to be more about getting people to things rather than owning them.
  • Many libraries were adding a complete set of MARC records from an ebook provider and then buying the books that they do not have in response to user demand.

Williams surfaced many of the changes that are being driven by the current economic environment.

  • Economic dislocations have been the genesis of a new creative economy.  There has been an explosion of everything from niche researchers  to pastry chefs.  Typically, these business startups are hyper-local and home based.
  • Libraries need to explore what can be done to create an optimal environment for these users. This is a significant change in mindset because being an incubator for these enterprises means supporting the messy, iterative activity that is needed to spark creativity.
  • Rather than focusing on serving up content, libraries need to focus on being the foundation for a creative process.  It is akin to moving from a grocery store to a kitchen mentality.

IMMINENT TRENDS

Williams talked about the blurring between object descriptions and the actual object.

  • There is a new practice called “fabbing” where 3D descriptions are facilitating the creation of the referenced object.  This means that the line is blurring between comprehensive information about a thing and the thing itself.
  • Librarians to find new ways manage recall and rights for 3D e-versions of things, because the  e-world of libraries is flatter than the real world is.
  • Librarians typically have not developed these types of design sensibilities needed to manage these e-objects effectively because the library world has traditionally been so text based.

Trainor called out the FaceBook privacy backlash and its implications.

  • Openness in terms of technology and ideas could be impacted as many people are being more thoughtful about sharing their personal information.
  • At the same time, there is an important piece of our cultural heritage that could be lost as it is not clear who if anyone would be in a position to preserve the rich tapestry of information that has been posted on Facebook.

Sendze talked about changes as more and more library technology infrastructure moves into the Cloud.

  • This change has the potential to be very disruptive.
  • It could significantly reduce library back room IT needs and it will likely mean that the IT function will need to be more embedded in the day-to-day work of library.

Griffey signaled the potential disruptive effects of low-cost e-Readers.

  • Citing recent price drops for the Kindle and the Nook , $99 eInk reading devices could be a possibility in the upcoming holiday season.
  • Low-cost or even disposable devices could ultimately be married with ebook content that is freely available on the web.

Dempsey talked about how new discovery layers are helping libraries to overcome the fragmentation of library resources.

  • Users appreciate a Google-like single search box and faceted results, and they typically perceive that everything in the collection has been surfaced, while there are generally opportunities to expand elements of the collection that are made available in this fashion.
  • There are also many other opportunities to surface content outside of the library collection such as Google Scholar and Google Books.
  • A third dimension is surfacing resources not in the current collection that could be made available through Patron-driven ILL or on-demand purchasing.

Blyberg used Seth Godin’s term “the dip” to stage his prediction of new struggles with open source software.

  • He indicated that many open source library projects were hitting a point where success reaches a plateau and progress gets harder and harder to achieve.
  • Funding is one issue since library budgets are under significant stress and while grants have often provided for startup costs, they are typically not funding ongoing costs.
  • Also, he indicated that open source solutions have in many cases failed to keep pace with the features and functionality offered by commercial vendors.

LONG TERM TRENDS

Griffey singled out 4G cellular infrastructure and its power to transform mobile applications.

  • With speeds of 100 Megabits per second, it will provide ethernet capacity in your pocket.
  • He talked about a new small rapid scanner developed in Japan that could ultimately allow quick scanning and OCR of Encyclopedia Brittanica or Oxford English Dictionary by a mobile device.
  • Libraries will need to be prepared for these types of technology shifts in order to manage implications for library services and copyright.

Sendze anticipates an acceleration of profiling and the death of Internet anonymity.

  • Users are freely giving over their personal information to search engines and these commercial providers are doing profiling and predictive analysis.
  • Libraries are still focused on protecting user privacy, despite the fact that lots of data is now available that can be used to enhance the experience of their users.
  • Users likely trust libraries to safeguard their personal information a lot more than they do commercial vendors and users will likely be open to their personal information being used to anticipate needs and to enhance their experience with the library.

Trainor predicted that ultimately physical copy scarcity would be gone.

  • As the abundance of information continues to grow, scarcity is manifesting itself in new areas such as bandwidth.  Libraries should be helping to bridge these gaps for the benefit of all their users and society at large.
  • In the end, it will also be up to libraries to add value in new ways rather than just securing content.  As an example, changes will be needed in library instruction when the only service point is the web and users are getting most of the resources they need for free.

Williams drew a comparison between the information industry and the energy industry.

  • Similarities stem from the relationship between the suppliers and their customers in both sectors.
  • Libraries are acting like niche green technology companies that are blazing down a new path, often propelled by grant funding. They are committed to building their own “information ecosystem” that is self-contained and pure and free from contaminants, like a locally-owned, socially conscious information utility.
  • Resource and technology challenges abound and it is difficult to sustain investments in technology infrastructure for the long term.
  • One potential impact could be an epidemic of “dataspills” that involves sensitive or personal information and potentially even crackdowns by the government.

Blyberg discussed the future transformations that are being driven by current economic pressures.

  • Current economic pressures have brought a “come to Jesus moment” for all libraries.
  • Many libraries have had to admit that they have very inefficient backend processes where significant benefits can be achieved through automation and process improvements.
  • Libraries are discovering that they can still be true to what it means to be a library while sharpening their focus on transforming the user experience.

Dempsey called for a shift for libraries from managing supply to managing demand.

  • He talked about the complex suite of systems and relationships for supplying information that are driving overhead and keeping libraries from focusing more of their energies on the user experience.
  • Greater focus will be needed on the demand side such as helping users rank, relate, or recommend items.
  • Embedding  resources in research environments and courseware  and building community around library resources will also derive significant benefits by integrating library resources into user workflows.
  • Libraries also need to focus on sparking indirect discovery through surfacing Google material, curation and management of institutional outputs (IRs, etc), and search engine optimization.
  • Only with continued focus on the demand side can libraries get to the ultimate desired state – where the mission of the library has become helping users to manage their own library.

Having fun at ALA

Who says that librarians can’t let their hair down and have some fun? The LITA happy hour on Friday at the Mixx Bar was a great example to the contrary. The bar area was filled with people networking, chatting, and generally having a good time.

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had never been to a LITA event before and didn’t know anyone there. However, people all around were smiling and many people were quick to open their circle and let a new-comer join the conversation. I met Abigail Goben the Hedgehog Librarian wearing a hedgehog necklace, two new incoming LITA Board members, and many others.

LITA Happy Hour conversation at 2010 Annual

It’s great to host a happy hour on the first night because it gives people the opportunity to meet people casually before the conference really begins. Also, have you heard that word-of-mouth is the best way to get out information about your organization’s events and services? The same applies to happy hour. I invited several people to the Mixx who hadn’t heard about the event but who were happy (for at least an hour) to join in the fun.

LITA recruits at 2010 Annual

Some of the great tidbits of conversation topics I heard were:

  • The awesomeness and efficiency of making group decisions online, rather than at long meetings with stacks of paper
  • The importance of cross-training all staff members to break down those silo barriers
  • The necessity (sometimes) of moving around the country to get the job you want – then having to tough it out in that location for a least a few years before looking for new jobs

The take away message? Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and have a good time with your fellow librarians/techies. After a long day of panels and discussions it’s nice to have a chance to “talk shop” over a pint of beer and see what new solutions and opportunities arise. And if you missed the LITA happy hour, maybe you can crash another division or round table get-together!

Top Tech Trends LiveBlog

Join us Sunday, June 27, 2010 for the Top Technology Trends panel. The session will be live-blogged by TTT committee members; the live blog will also capture any messages posted to twitter with the hashtag #ttt10.

Watch the video

Blog Schedule: ALA Annual 2010

LITA Blog is looking for volunteers to blog about conference sessions and speakers, areas of interest, and general conference atmosphere.

Below you’ll find a preliminary list of programs. These are the priority coverage areas, but LITA welcomes and encourages blogging on other programs and events as well. Please feel free to volunteer to cover items not listed here. Also, note that more than one person blogging an event is allowed and even encouraged.

Wondering what exactly is going on during each session? Visit the official LITA at Annual page or ALA’s main conference page for all ALA events to see complete descriptions.

To help out, fill in a volunteer form online. No experience required to blog, though we would love to see some of our experienced volunteers back again. If you have any questions, email Brett Bonfield.

Thursday, June 24

  • 6:00 p.m. LYRASIS Lounge
  • 7:00 p.m. Eats with LITA

Friday, June 25

  • 8:00 a.m. ALA Unconference
  • 9:00 a.m. LITA PreConference: Migrating to open source library systems
  • 9:00 a.m. LITA PreConference: Open Source CMS Playroom
  • 1:00 p.m. LITA PreConference: LibGuides Customization
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Executive Committee
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Membership Committee
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA 101: LITA Open House
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA ERMIG
  • 5:30 p.m. LITA Happy Hour covered
  • 7:30 p.m. ALA Annual Open Gaming Night
  • 8:00 p.m. Eats with LITA
  • 10:00 p.m. ALA Dance Party

Saturday, June 26

  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Board of Directors Meeting I
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Program: Cloud computing for library services covered
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Committee Chairs Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Interest Group Chairs Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Joint Committee Chairs and Interest Group Chairs Meeting
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: Developing a Sustainable DInterest Groupitization Workflow
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: Rich Internet Applications for Libraries
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: Technology and the Developing World: Public Policy covered
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Program: Free Software – Now What?
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Drupal Interest Group
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Education Committee
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA JPEG2000 Interest Group
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Program: What Is Your Library Doing about Emerging Technologies? covered
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA WCC
  • 1:30 p.m. OITP Program: Broadband Adoption and the Role of the Public Library: Issues and Solutions
  • 3:30 p.m. ALA Membership Meeting I
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA Assessment and Research Committee
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA BIGWIG
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA MARC Format Interest Group
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA National Forum Planning 2010 Committee
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA Program: Science Fiction and Fantasy: Informing the Present by Imagining the Future covered
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA Program: Supporting the Next Generation of Public Computing
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA RFID Interest Group
  • 9:30 p.m. ALA After Hours Party

Sunday, June 27

  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Program: Playtime in the Open Source Sandbox
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA DInterest Groupital Library Technology Interest Group
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA International Relations Committee
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA National Forum Planning 2011 Committee
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Technology & Access Committee
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Heads of Library Technology Interest Group
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Internet Resources and Services Interest Group
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Mobile Computing Interest Group
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program Planning Committee
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: Designing Digital Experiences for Library Websites covered
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: MODS and MADS: Current Implementations and Future Directions covered
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Building a Support Infrastructure for an Open-Source ILS
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Publications Committee
  • 1:00 p.m. LITA Top Technology Trends Panel
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Program: Authorized Genre, Forms and Facets in RDA
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Library Consortia and Systems Interest Group
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Next Gen Catalog Interest Group
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Program: Top Tech Trends covered
  • 1:30 p.m. OITP Program: Mobile Devices, Libraries, and Public Policy
  • 3:00 p.m. LITA Awards Reception covered
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA President’s Program covered
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA Program: Who’s driving the technology bandwagon – the users or the librarians?
  • 4:00 p.m. LITA Standards Interest Group covered

Monday, June 28

  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Emerging Tech Interest Group
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Program: Coffee and Conversation with Experts
  • 8:00 a.m. LITA Standards Task Force
  • 10:30 a.m. BIGWIG Showcase
  • 10:30 a.m. ITAL Editorial Board
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: Emerging Technologies: Virtualization in Libraries covered
  • 10:30 a.m. LITA Program: Science Fiction: Past, Present, Future covered
  • 11:30 a.m. ALA Membership Meeting II
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Board of Directors II
  • 1:30 p.m. LITA Program: Ultimate Debate: Open Source Software, Free Beer or Free Puppy?
  • 5:30 p.m. BATTLEDECKS!

Tuesday, June 29

  • 9:00 a.m. ALA Closing Session
  • 11:00 a.m. ALA Legislative Rally

Burning Man, Libraries, and the 21st Century

Burning Man, Libraries, and the 21st Century: The Intersection of the Individual and Society

Saturday, June 26 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center, Room 143 B/C

Imagine living in a city where censorship does not exist. Where your First Amendment rights and liberties are not only tolerated but encouraged and celebrated? That culture is created and that society exists in physical form for one week every August in Black Rock Desert, Nevada in the community known as Burning Man.

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is delighted that Larry Harvey, Executive Director of the Burning Man Project, will join Lauren Christos, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, in a lively conversation on how intellectual freedom informs the Burning Man experience and our 21st century society. IFRT envisions that our program will challenge and expand the boundaries of currently held intellectual freedom beliefs. Through the social experiment that is Burning Man, the audience may come away with new and creative ideas to explore intellectual freedom in their personal and professional lives.

There will be ample opportunity for Q&A from the audience.