New LITA Strategic Plan

I am pleased to share the new LITA Strategic Plan with you. The LITA Strategic Plan was created using feedback gathered from the R2 Market Survey, the joint LITA Board Meeting with the Committee and Interest Group chairs in 2008, the LITA Town Meetings in 2009 and 2010 and the LITA Board Meeting in 2010. Over the last 5 months the LITA Executive Committee has taken the resultant feedback and created this plan. The LITA Board of Directors approved the plan earlier this month.

Here is how the LITA Board would like to proceed.

1. The LITA Strategic Plan has been posted to ALA Connect Members are encouraged to review the new LITA Strategic Plan and post your feedback to ALA Connect by Friday, June 25th.

2. The last 45-60 minutes of the Saturday LITA Board Meeting will be devoted to the LITA Strategic Plan. The Strategic Planning session of the LITA Board Meeting will be held in the Convention Center room 204A, Saturday, June 26 at approximately 11:30-12:15.  The LITA Board welcomes LITA members to the meeting if they wish to provide feedback in person (if you can’t make the meeting please provide feedback in ALA Connect During the Strategic Planning session at the LITA Board meeting we will also identify which strategies we want to tackle in the next 18 months and assign those strategies to the appropriate committees, interest groups and task forces. The LITA Board will then work with the committees, interest groups and task forces to create action plans on how those groups plan to accomplish the strategy.

3. The LITA Board has asked the committees and interest groups to fill out and submit their completed Action Plans and submit them to the LITA Board two weeks prior to the Midwinter Meeting in January 2011. Board members will be available to assist the committees, interest groups and task forces in the completion of the Action Plans.

4. During the LITA Board session at the ALA Midwinter Meeting 2011, the LITA Board will review the submitted Action Plans to make sure all strategies that were identified as priorities in next 18 months are accounted for and if not how to proceed.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Michelle Frisque
President, Library & Information Technology Association

Live coverage of the Top Tech Trends MW 2010 Discussion

Update: did you listen, watch, read or attend? Give us your feedback!

1/24/10 update – Alas, we did not manage to capture the audio, as we had intended, but you can read an abridged summary of the conversation and see all the links shared during the session thanks to one of our committee members. The live blog, comments, and tweets tagged #alamwttt can be viewed below.

Join the LITA Top Technology Trends Committee on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. E.S.T. for a lively discussion of top technology trends in librarianship, with panelists Amanda Etches-Johnson, Jason Griffey, Joe Murphy, Lauren Pressley, and David Walker. The discussion will be moderated by Gregg Silvis.

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Will you be in Boston? Join us in person: Boston Convention Center (BCEC-162A/B).

LITA Top Tech Trends at Midwinter in Boston

It’s that time again, folks; the semi-annual Top Technology Trends conversation is upon us. This year’s midwinter has us enjoying the history and chill of Boston, but like the last midwinter Top Tech discussion in Denver, you can participate from the warmth of your living room or from wherever you may be, a week from this Sunday.

WHERE: Boston Convention Center (BCEC-162A/B), here at, from, or via Twitter (#alamwttt) links to follow soon!
WHEN: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. E.S.T.

The start of the second decade of the century starts with five Trendsters who are new to the Top Tech Table:

Amanda Etches-Johnson, User Experience Librarian at McMaster University
Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Joe Murphy, Science Librarian, Yale University
Lauren Pressley, Instructional Design Librarian, Wake Forest University
David Walker, Web Services Librarian, California State University System

Join us for a fun and casual discussion, moderated by Gregg Silvis, LITA Top Tech Trends Committee chair.

LITA Happy Hour MW2010

Bat at CapizThe Midwinter Happy Hour is set for Friday 15 January 2010 from 5-7 at the Capiz Bar in the Reinassaince Waterfront Hotel.

Capiz Bar

Inspired by the waterfront, the décor is awash with vibrant hues of blue and gold. At the bar enjoy a perfectly mixed martini, a freshly muddled mojito, classic drinks, local beers and wines and appetizers such as a salumi platter or creamy crab dip.

We have the area they call the library reserved for us.

Renaissance® Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

LITA offering two workshops in Boston

LITA is offering two full-day educational workshops on Friday, January 15, 2010 in Boston, MA.

Karen Coombs is presenting Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs: subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it’s easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming and are encouraged to bring a laptop for hands-on participation.

In addition, Brenda Reeb of the University of Rochester is presenting Writing for the Web:
Participants will learn how to present text and words on a webpage in ways that enhance findability and readability of webpage content. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback on writing during the workshop and critique web copy on sites selected by the presenter. Leave the workshop with quick-fixes you can apply to your site immediately as well as strategies for tackling long range projects that will enhance the quality of your library website.

Visit the ALA Midwinter Meeting registration page to register for these events.

Please note, you do not have to register for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in order to attend these workshops.

You may also add a workshop to your existing Midwinter registration by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084.

LITA Calendar for ALA Midwinter 2010

For your ease in planning to attend all the meetings and discussions LITA is sponsoring, BIGWIG is happy to provide a gCal for your convenience. Remember, if you do not live in the Eastern Time Zone, Boston is in the Eastern Time Zone and the calendar entries in this gCal are set in Eastern Time.

Feedback welcome!