LITA Top Tech Trends Annual Program Evaluation

The LITA TTT Committee welcomed an estimated 600+ attendees to the panel session Sunday afternoon in New Orleans. A hearty thanks goes out to each panelist for their insights and willingness to participate in sharing their knowledge: Lorcan Dempsey, Clifford Lynch, Nina McHale, Monique Szendze, and Jennifer Wright. The program evaluation form is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VW6CCMF and we welcome your thoughts to help inform tweaks or changes that may help with future programs.

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!

LITA and Top Tech Trends on YouTube

LITA is piloting a new YouTube presence, and the Top Technology Trends Committee is excited to be a part of this effort. The Committee is working on a pilot project to share short, informal videos from past and present Top Technology Trends panelists. These videos will serve as current sound-bytes on technology trends of interest to the library community. It’s hoped that the number of videos will grow over time, and play a role in fostering a sense of community during the time between ALA’s Annual and Midwinter meetings. The Committee would like to thank Jason Griffey for producing the first video, available now at LITA LibraryInfoTech’s Channel

LITA Happy Hour at ALA Annual 2011

For those of you heading to New Orleans in a couple of weeks, remember LITA Happy Hour as you put together your conference schedule.

Here’s your chance to catch-up with your LITA friends, and maybe make some new ones. If you’re new to LITA, the Happy Hour is a great opportunity to get to know other members in a relaxed atmosphere. The LITA Membership Committee hopes to see you there!
(Cash bar, seating inside and outside – sorry, no swimming pool)

Friday, June 24 · 5:30pm – 8:00pm
The Howlin’ Wolf Den
907 S. Peters St.
New Orleans, Louisiana
There’s a Facebook Event setup
LITA Happy Hour is not listed in the ALA Conference Scheduler
{Update: LITA Happy Hour is now listed in the ALA Conference Scheduler}

LITA at ALA Annual 2011

By now you’re probably wondering where that fabulous BIGWIG LITA gCalendar is and why it is not already embedded on LITAblog. That’s a fair question.
In my opinion, the gCal has been surpassed by the new Conference Scheduler.

Have you taken a look at the LITA Conference Schedule in ALA Connect?
I know the display isn’t in Calendar grid format, but the new Conference Scheduler offers a complete listing of LITA programs, a way to indicate (and rank!) the various programs which interest you, and a way to export your “My Schedule” selections in iCal or other formats for importing into your regular calendar.

Check it out (and let me know if you agree! (or disagree))

Update: After some feedback, I generated an iCal of all LITA events (Search for LITA and then click the iCal button at the top right corner), and imprted it into the BIGWIG LITA Calendar:

Don’t Miss the Top Tech Trends Panel in New Orleans!

We have a great panel this year for Top Tech Trends Panel at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans! The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends.

When: Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Convention Center, Auditorium A

The illustrious panelists:

  • Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC
  • Clifford Lynch, CNI
  • Nina McHale, Univ of Colorado, Denver
  • Monique Sendze, Douglas Country (CO) Libraries
  • Jennifer Wright, Free Library of Philadelphia

Still time to register for LITA Preconferences in NOLA

All LITA Preconferences are full-day workshops held on Friday, June 24 9:00 am-4:30 pm:

Getting Started with Drupal
Speakers: Nina McHale, University of Colorado Denver; Rachel Vacek, University of Houston
This preconference session will provide a thorough introduction to the Drupal content management system. Librarian Drupalers Rachel Vacek and Nina McHale will guide attendees as they create Drupal sites in a sandbox environment, covering the basics of content creation, themes, modules, and user management. Previous web experience helpful, but not required. Concludes with demonstrations of innovative Drupal sites, including library sites, library intranets, and an electronic journal.

User Experience Design for Websites
Speaker: Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library
Learn how and why to create positive user experiences in your interactive digital spaces. Work with experts in library web design and user experience design to learn some tips, tricks, and best practices that you can implement immediately. Discover best practices for designing interactive digital spaces: websites, catalogs, mobile apps and sites. Come and learn to do the following: improve the overall usability of your digital spaces; design to meet user needs and goals as well as your own organizational objectives; improve the elegance and beauty of your designs; reduce the number of steps users must take to meet their objectives; reduce excessive features that do not meet user needs; and create manageable project plans to implement user experience design at your library.

Virtualize IT: Laying the Foundation for the Library of the Future
Speaker: Maurice York, North Carolina State University
Explore how to create a virtualization strategy with a vision towards the library spaces and services of the future. Participants will: use a technology profile of their organization in assessing readiness and fit for virtualization; examine how forms of virtualization map to library services and spaces; receive tools for estimating savings in hardware costs, utilities, and carbon emissions; learn how virtualization and cloud technologies inform planning and transform library spaces

More LITA events at Annual

How to Register for a Preconference

  • Register for Annual Conference online and 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.
  • Please note – you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a workshop. To register only for a workshop using the online form; in section “Registration Type,” select “Institutes and Ticketed Events Only” then select the workshop in section “Your Events.” When you check out, you will pay only for the workshop.

LITA Educational Offering in New Orleans

LITA is pleased to offer 3 full-day workshops as part of the ALA Annual Conference, held on Friday, June 24 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Please note – you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a workshop.

Getting Started with Drupal
Speakers: Nina McHale, University of Colorado Denver; Rachel Vacek, University of Houston
This preconference session will provide a thorough introduction to the Drupal content management system. Librarian Drupalers Rachel Vacek and Nina McHale will guide attendees as they create Drupal sites in a sandbox environment, covering the basics of content creation, themes, modules, and user management. Previous web experience helpful, but not required. Concludes with demonstrations of innovative Drupal sites, including library sites, library intranets, and an electronic journal.

User Experience Design for Websites
Speaker: Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library
Learn how and why to create positive user experiences in your interactive digital spaces. Work with experts in library web design and user experience design to learn some tips, tricks, and best practices that you can implement immediately. Discover best practices for designing interactive digital spaces: websites, catalogs, mobile apps and sites. Come and learn to do the following: improve the overall usability of your digital spaces; design to meet user needs and goals as well as your own organizational objectives; improve the elegance and beauty of your designs; reduce the number of steps users must take to meet their objectives; reduce excessive features that do not meet user needs; and create manageable project plans to implement user experience design at your library.

Virtualize IT: Laying the Foundation for the Library of the Future
Speaker: Maurice York, North Carolina State University
Explore how to create a virtualization strategy with a vision towards the library spaces and services of the future. Participants will: use a technology profile of their organization in assessing readiness and fit for virtualization; examine how forms of virtualization map to library services and spaces; receive tools for estimating savings in hardware costs, utilities, and carbon emissions; learn how virtualization and cloud technologies inform planning and transform library spaces

+More LITA events at Annual

How to Register for a Preconference

  • Register for Annual Conference online and 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.
  • To register only for a workshop using the online form; in section “Registration Type,” select “Institutes and Ticketed Events Only” then select the workshop in section “Your Events.” When you check out, you will pay only for the workshop. You may also call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084.

LITA Preconferences Available at ALA Annual

There is still time to save $25 on your Annual Conference Registration – the Early Bird Deadline is Friday, March 4. Why not put that savings toward one of LITA’s three preconference offerings?

All LITA Preconferences are full-day workshops held on Friday, June 24 9:00 am-4:30 pm:

Getting Started with Drupal
Speakers: Nina McHale, University of Colorado Denver; Rachel Vacek, University of Houston
This preconference session will provide a thorough introduction to the Drupal content management system. Librarian Drupalers Rachel Vacek and Nina McHale will guide attendees as they create Drupal sites in a sandbox environment, covering the basics of content creation, themes, modules, and user management. Previous web experience helpful, but not required. Concludes with demonstrations of innovative Drupal sites, including library sites, library intranets, and an electronic journal.

User Experience Design for Websites
Speaker: Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library
Learn how and why to create positive user experiences in your interactive digital spaces. Work with experts in library web design and user experience design to learn some tips, tricks, and best practices that you can implement immediately. Discover best practices for designing interactive digital spaces: websites, catalogs, mobile apps and sites. Come and learn to do the following: improve the overall usability of your digital spaces; design to meet user needs and goals as well as your own organizational objectives; improve the elegance and beauty of your designs; reduce the number of steps users must take to meet their objectives; reduce excessive features that do not meet user needs; and create manageable project plans to implement user experience design at your library.

Virtualize IT: Laying the Foundation for the Library of the Future
Speaker: Maurice York, North Carolina State University
Explore how to create a virtualization strategy with a vision towards the library spaces and services of the future. Participants will: use a technology profile of their organization in assessing readiness and fit for virtualization; examine how forms of virtualization map to library services and spaces; receive tools for estimating savings in hardware costs, utilities, and carbon emissions; learn how virtualization and cloud technologies inform planning and transform library spaces

More LITA events at Annual

How to Register for a Preconference

  • Register for Annual Conference online and 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.
  • Please note – you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a workshop. To register only for a workshop using the online form; in section “Registration Type,” select “Institutes and Ticketed Events Only” then select the workshop in section “Your Events.” When you check out, you will pay only for the workshop.