LITA Top Technology Trends at ALA Midwinter in Dallas

The LITA Top Technology Trends panel discussion at ALA Midwinter in Dallas took place on Sunday, January 22, 2012. This year’s panel of technology experts was a combination of veteran and new faces: Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage Learning , Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Library , Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC , Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, Colorado and Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Each trendster came prepared to discuss two technology trends of their choice. During Round One, the issues presented were:

  • frictionless access – smartphone technology that provides unfettered access to services without user interaction (Stephen Abram)
  • advent of “enterprise IT staff” for libraries – bringing in professional programmers rather than librarians who like programming (Nina McHale)
  • impending demise of the ILS (Marshall Breeding)
  • trend toward self-service (Sue Polanka)
  • rise of personal institutional curation services (Lorcan Demsey)

Round Two topics were:

  • on-demand tipping point– libraries offering a hybrid model to provide the physical experience for users (Stephen Abrams)
  • web analytics (Nina McHale)
  • reintegration of discovery with the backend systems (Marshall Breeding)
  • technologies that take instruction in a different direction, e.g. touch screens (Sue Polanka)
  • platform wars in consumer space and the implication for libraries (Lorcan Demsey)

The session was well attended with time allotted in each round for audience comments and questions. The session was also streamed live so that those unable to be there could participate virtually; the recording can be viewed on LITA’s USTREAM channel.

Town Meeting Monday! Please join us online or in Dallas

To all LITA Members – current, past and future and Friends of LITA:

You are invited to virtually join the LITA members present in Dallas for the LITA Town Meeting – Monday 1/23 from 8-10am CST.  Instructions and links for how to participate virtually will be posted to the LITA Blog (http://litablog.org) approximate 30 minutes before the session starts.

We will be using UStream (audio only) and ALA Connect Chat to facilitate virtual participation.  We will stream the audio for the outbound channel – so virtual participants can hear the general introduction and overview and then break out into three streams – one on each topic – so that the discussion in the room can be heard.  Remote participants can log in to ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/) chat to send questions and comments to a discussion moderator who will share those with the participants in the room.

No account is required to access the audio streams.  However to participate in the chat, you must have an account set up in ALA Connect.  You do not have to be a member of ALA or LITA to create an account in ALA Connect.(http://connect.ala.org/user/register)

We also encourage you to send in questions for the LITA Leadership.  Those can be sent in in advance (post on the LITA blog in comments (http://litablog.org/2012/01/lita-president-elect-zoe-stewart-marshall-hosts-the-lita-town-meeting/#respond) or reply to this posting with your question.  Or you can send in your questions the day of the Town Meeting through any of the chat streams. Or you can submit your questions via Twitter – please use the hash tag #LITATM12 – so we will be sure to see them.

There will be three general topics for discussion:

*what is the value that participation in professional associations in general and LITA in particular provide;

* how LITA can provide support for developing leadership skills in emerging technology leaders;

* where and how should LITA provide support for development of technology skills.

My thanks to the LITA members who have volunteered to wrangle the software and equipment needed to facilitate virtual participation!

Please do plan to join us and help us beta test ways to improved and enhance virtual participation in the work of the association. Your input on these important topics is greatly appreciated.

Zoe Stewart-Marshall
LITA Vice President/President-Elect

LITA President-Elect Zoe Stewart-Marshall hosts the LITA Town Meeting

WHEN: Monday, January 23, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Dallas Convention Center, D220

Meet your fellow LITA members, and participate in a conversation about how LITA responds to and involves its membership in the larger information, association, community-building, and technology-related landscape.

LITA, like most of the library community, faces many challenges that strike at the heart of what it means to be a member of LITA and ALA. Meet members of the LITA Board and provide input regarding:

  • the value that participation in professional associations in general and LITA in particular provide;
  • how LITA can provide support for developing leadership skills in emerging technology leaders;
  • where and how should LITA provide support for development of technology skills and
  • other questions that are brought forward by the membership.

We welcome and encourage the open participation of all LITA members, and potential LITA members, in this meeting with the goal of strengthening the health of this community-based organization. Please do take some time and attend the Town Meeting. For those LITA members who are not able to physically attend, information about other avenues of input will be made available.

LITA Top Tech Trends at Midwinter in Dallas

WHEN:
Sunday, January 22, 2012, 10:30am – 12:30pm central time

WHERE:

  • Dallas Convention Center Room A201/202
  • Twitter #alamwttt

We have a great slate of panelists for the Midwinter 2012 session:

  • Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage Learning
  • Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Library
  • Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC
  • Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, Colorado
  • Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Join us for a fun and casual discussion regarding technology trends to watch from some of today’s foremost experts.