Cynthia Cohen named LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award winner for LOCKSS paper

Cynthia Cohen, May 2012 graduate of the San José State University School of Library and Information Science, has been named the winner of the 2012LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and LITA.

Cohen’s paper, titled “Extending LOCKSS: The Preservation Risks of Private LOCKSSNetworks”, provides a review of the basics of the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) project, originally designed to ensure long-term preservation of and access to e-journal content, and considers the potential preservation risks of private LOCKSS networks (PLNs) which are exploring how to extend LOCKSS in preserving collections more diverse and less predictable than e-journal content.

“The members of the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award Committee and I are pleased to acknowledge and honor with this award Cynthia Cohen’s clear and cogent manuscript, which presents a balanced view in an area in which opinions are very divided,” said Heidi Hanson, chair of the committee.  “Ms. Cohen’s paper examines both the technology being applied to the task of preserving digital content and the philosophical questions and challenging decisions facing organizations interested in more specialized applications of the LOCKSS technology to support a common preservation mission for unique special collections.”

The $1,000 award will be presented at the LITA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 24, 2012 during  the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. at the Anaheim Convention Center in Ballroom A. Ms. Cohen’s paper will be published in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), LITA’s open access scholarly journal.

LITA Happy Hour for ALA 2012

The LITA Happy Hour for Annual 2012 will be Sunday from 5:30 to 8pm, at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel’s Hearthstone Lounge.

It’s also in the official planner so you can add it to your busy busy schedule. See you there!

UPDATE: Emerald’s Library Hi-Tech is celebrating 30 years and they will be joining us at Happy Hour and generously sponsoring some refreshments!  The first 50 people to ask at their booth  (1772)  in the Exhibits will get a voucher for a free drink and slice of cake.

Don’t Miss the Top Tech Trends Panel in Anaheim!

We have a great panel this year for Top Tech Trends at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim! 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. Presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships will take place prior to the Top Tech Trends program.

When: Sunday, June 24, 2012 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom A

The panelists:

  •     Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage Learning
  •     Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC
  •     Meredith Farkas, Portland State University Library
  •     Clifford Lynch, CNI
  •     Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, Colorado


LITA @ #ala12 Anaheim

Once again I bring you a gCal of the LITA-sponsored events at ALA Annual conference.

Also, I encourage you to go and check out the awesome ALA Annual Conference Scheduler and build your own custom calendar for the conference.

Please note that the LITA Happy Hour will be on Sunday 6/24/2012 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm (a change from our usual Friday evening, so I felt it should be highlighted)

LITA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference

LITA is offering three full-day preconferences, to be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

Web Content Strategy for Libraries
Speakers: Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, Colo.; Chris Evjy, Jefferson County Public Library, Colo.
Your library’s new website is powered by a high-octane content management system (Drupal, WordPress, etc.) that gives you more power than ever to communicate with your patrons. But what are you saying? How are you saying it? What kind of service are you providing online? How can you ensure that it’s just as good as in your buildings? Content strategy to the rescue! Topics will include strategy development, training & adoption, production control and governance.

Creating Library Linked Data: What Catalogers and Coders Can Build
Facilitator: Debra Shapiro, University of WI-Madison School of Library & Information Studies
This preconference is positioned to take advantage of the growing interest in the library community to work to transform the wealth of quality, library-created metadata – billions of bibliographic records, finding aids, descriptions of digital content – into linked data. Some of the infrastructure necessary is already in place, such as the availability of the DDC as linked data, Library of Congress’ efforts making the vocabularies it maintains available in Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), and the Open Meatadata Registry, where RDA, Dublin Core, and other element sets are available in Semantic Web-consumable form. Production level tools to create linked data, as well as discovery systems to deploy linked data, are yet to be built.

The preconference will be an un-conference-style event. We plan to start with a series of lightning talks from librarians and technologists involved in a variety of linked data efforts. Afterward, we will break into work groups, to begin to design linked data systems, and associated discuss issues. The project work will be followed with reports from each group, so that everyone can share in the progress being made. Please join us in this important effort to begin the migration of library data into linked data, woven into the Semantic Web! Please visit the LITA website for a list of confirmed speakers:

Building Digital Collections Using Islandora
Speaker: Kirsta Stapelfeldt, University of Prince Edward Island; Mark Leggott, University of Prince Edward Island
This session will introduce the key concepts underpinning the Islandora Digital Asset Management system. Participants will learn the basics of running this rich repository system and how to utilize common “solution packs” to create and theme collections in Islandora. Participants will learn how to begin modeling and curating custom data collections and how to migrate from other repository systems, including ContentDM, DSpace and more. Textbooks and system access will be provided; participants should bring computers.

Please note: you do not have to register for ALA Annual Conference to attend a preconference. Visit the LITA website for more information on registration and other LITA events at ALA Annual Conference: