Call for Annual 2010 Bloggers

Attending the ALA 2010 Annual Conference in DC this June? Be a part of the fun and blog for LITA! We need volunteers to blog about sessions, speakers, and general conference atmosphere.

We would like coverage for as many of the sessions as possible. Visit the BIGWIG LITA Events calendar and pick one (or more) and join the LITA Blogging Community.

Interested? Sign up using this form and you’ll be added to the schedule. No experience is required to blog, though we would love to see some of our experienced volunteers back again. If you have any questions, email Cindi Trainor using Facebook or at cindiann at g mail dot com.litablog-wordle

LITA Preconferences Available at ALA Annual

There is still time to register for one of three LITA workshops, held Friday, June 25 in DC. Plus, you can take advantage of ALA Advanced Registration rates through May 14. Register Now!

Migrating to open source library systems
Speakers: Terry Reese, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University; David Lindahl, Web Initiatives Manager, University of Rochester; Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
A number of libraries have successfully migrated to open source ILSs and digital repository systems such as Duraspace, Evergreen, and Koha. But how did they get from point A to point B? During the pre-conference, members of the LITA Open Source Software Interest Group and invited speakers will share practical tips and tricks for performing migrations and managing the migration process.

Open Source CMS Playroom
Speakers: Karen A. Coombs, Product Manager for Developer Network, OCLC; Amanda Hollister, Web Applications Specialist, LISHost
Open source content management systems present an opportunity for libraries to distribute content creation and maintenance and add Web 2.0 features to library websites. This workshop will provide an overview of several content management systems, compare and contrast system functionality and features, and demonstrate how open source CMSs can be used to enhance library websites. Bring your laptop to explore and compare basic installations of WordPress, Joomla, Silverstripe, and Drupal CMSs.

LibGuides Interface Customization
Speakers: Jenny Brandon, Web Designer/Reference Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries; Kelly Sattler, Head of Web Services, Michigan State University Libraries; Christine Tobias, Reference and Technology Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
LibGuides is a hosted content management system that enables libraries to post subject guides, course guides, information portals, etc. to the web. The LibGuides template allows administrators to upload a banner, and to choose from a limited selection of colors, tabs, and borders. This hands-on workshop will provide instructions on how to further customize the LibGuides interface by adding custom header/footer code, and using CSS to create a unique look for your LibGuides site.

More LITA events at Annual

How to Register for a Preconference

  • Register to attend Annual Conference; add a preconference in the “Your Events” section.
  • Already registered for Annual Conference?
    Add a preconference to your existing Annual Conference registration by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 or accessing your registration online; add events in the “Your Events” section then check out and pay only for the events you’ve added.
  • Would you like to attend a preconference without attending Annual?
    You do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a preconference. To register only for a preconference using the online form; in section 4 “Registration Type,” select “Preconference and Special Events Only” then select the preconference in section 7 “Your Events.” When you check out, you will pay only for the preconference. You can also fill out a registration form. On page 6, skip Section I and complete Section II “Other Events.” Return by fax to 1-800-521-6017 or mail: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters 568 Atrium Dr. Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Looking for topics and presenters for the BIGWIG Showcase at ALA Annual

It’s time for the 4th Annual BIGWIG Showcase at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC, Monday, June 28, 2010 from 10:30am to Noon.  Location: TBD

The BIGWIG Showcase, (formerly  the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase), is a great event, but for it to be successful, we need your help!  In the interests of staying as “current” and relevant as possible,  we would like you to propose topics for this year’s Showcase.

You can do that here:

Once done posting a topic, you can view and vote on your favorite topics  here:

A topic can be anything related to libraries and emerging technology, from social media to discovery platforms to open-source tools to using tech tools in new or innovative ways. Use your imagination!

Also, if you are interested in presenting on this topic yourself, please put your name down and you will be contacted with details following  the voting.

Please keep topics somewhat general – but provide more details, if desired, in the “comments” portion.

So suggest a topic and or vote on a topic for the showcase by Friday, May 14, 2010.

Call for Proposals: ALA Annual 2010

This year, the LITA Program Planning Committee, in an effort to modernize the workflow for planning programs for ALA Annual, has moved the process entirely online! The following is the form that you can fill out if you are interested in proposing a program via LITA for ALA Annual 2010, June 24-30th in Washington, DC:

The form will be available at the above link, on ALA Connect (, on LITABlog, and anywhere else we can embed it.

Once you submit your program proposal, the Program Planning Committee will be in touch with you by the middle of August, 2009. The deadline for submitting proposals to LITA for a program for Annual 2010 is July 31st, 2009.


If you have questions about anything relating to programs at ALA Annual, there is a public discussion board on ALA Connect designed just for that:

You do have to have an ALA Connect login, but you do not have to be an ALA member…you can register as a non-ALA member and still ask questions of the PPC. If you are an ALA member, you can login to Connect using your ALA login information.

If you have any problems that the Connect group doesn’t solve (or you have other issues), you can email me directly, Jason Griffey, at griffey at or find me on Twitter at @griffey. But please try to use the forum first. 🙂

What Can You Submit?

I am well aware of the challenge inherent with planning technology programming a full year in advance of the conference. Feel free to be a general as you need to be in describing your program on first draft…we can always approach you and ask you for details as we move through the process. But you do not have to have every speaker booked, and every topic decided, to put forward a proposal. Have a topic area, a theme, an idea for where you think tech will be? Go with it.

Who Can Submit Proposals?

There is one more difference in the process this year that everyone should be aware of. In the past, all programs were driven by Committee and Interest Group submissions, with each group effectively submitting one program. While the PPC is happy to get submissions from these groups, it is NOT NECESSARY to be backed by a group in order for LITA PPC to examine and forward your proposal for a program.

If you, as an individual member, have a great idea and want to be considered, please put in a proposal. If you and two friends want to throw your hats in the ring, please do. If you aren’t a LITA or ALA member _at all_ and think you have the best idea for a program at ALA Annual in the history of technology, fill out the form!

Library Society of the World, Code4Lib, and other library groups: here’s your chance! Please participate and share with us! Let LITA give you a stage for your ideas. If you have an idea worth putting in front of 300 people at the largest gathering of librarians in the world, we are interested in giving you that opportunity.

Bring it.

Jason Griffey
Chair, LITA Program Planning Committee