LITA is offering two full-day educational workshops on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 in San Diego.
Jason Clark of Montana State University is presenting Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs. Participants will learn how to bring pieces of the Web together with library data: del.icio.us subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation. 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, Amanda Hollister of LISHost.net will present Open Source CMS Playroom. 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. 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. Bring your laptop to explore and compare basic installations of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal CMSs.
More information on these workshops and other LITA events at Midwinter can be found on the LITA web site.
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 register for the workshop only or add a workshop to your existing Midwinter registration by calling ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 or through the online registration form in the “Your Events” section.
Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, presented by Karen Coombs of the OCLC Developer Network and Jason Clark of Montana State University Libraries will be held 10 a.m. – noon CST from Nov. 15-19, 2010, with live synchronous lectures each day.
Contact: Melissa Prentice, LITA
mprentice (at) lita.org
A new regional institute: “Writing for the Web,” presented by Brenda Reeb of the University of Rochester, is now available.
This full-day workshop presents best practices for writing for the web within the context of academic and public library websites. The format is lecture style, followed by critique sessions that examine how successful sites implement best practices. Participants will revise web copy and receive feedback on their work during the workshop and will leave the workshop with quick fixes they can apply to their site immediately as well as strategies for tackling long range projects that will enhance the quality of their library website. In this workshop, participants will learn how to critique current web content for immediate improvement, write quality web copy from scratch, identify content areas that require significant revision, assess the “findability” of important features or important library content and create a style guide so that content is uniform and meets standards across the site. The intended audience should be familiar with publishing content on library websites, either as a web designer or as a writer.
Brenda Reeb is director of the Business & Government Information Library at the University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries. In addition to her work as a business subject librarian, she began practicing usability testing methods in 2001 at the University of Rochester. Her usability experience includes developing web applications for academic and public libraries, commercial vendors and nonprofit organizations. She has worked with undergraduate students, adults and children. She speaks regionally and nationally on user-centered design and usability testing on library digital projects. She received a Master of Science degree from Simmons College in 1991.
LITA Regional Institutes are one-day workshops on technology-related topics. Taught by experts and presented throughout the country, they reach beyond ALA Conference locations to bring you high quality continuing education. LITA licenses institute to organizations and would like to hear from potential hosts. Please contact LITA if you would like more information.
GROUP: Education Committee
CHAIRS: David Ward, Mandy Havert
REPORTER: David Ward
CURRENT ACTIVITIES: LITA Education combined with Regional Institutes in the past year.Â We spent from Annual 08 – Midwinter 09 reviewing our charge and creating organizational documents to track and help guide the newly combined committee’s role.
Part of this involved assigning committee members as liaisons to all LITA IGs/Committees to gather information on possible educational programming opportunities, including Regional Institutes, Programs/Preconferences at Annual, Midwinter opportunities, and online webinar/tutorial/course planning.
At Midwinter we reviewed liaison reports and decided on the following topics to pursue programming for over the next year:
- Open Source
- Mobile Tech
- Extensible Catalog
- SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
- Semantic Web
Additionally, we are going to work with LITA Forum Committee, Top Tech Trends, PPC, and others to pursue other topics and speakers as opportunities arise.Â In particular, we are going to look at ways to build additional educational programming from successful programs and events form other LITA committees.
FUTURE ACTIVITIES: Develop at least 2 education programming opportunities from the following topics:
- Open Source
- Mobile Tech
- Extensible Catalog
- SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
- Semantic Web
Also, put on additional educational programming as opportunities are identified from the work of other committees/IGs/etc.
LITAâ€™s Education Committee welcomed all incoming committee members. The main topic of discussion was the planning of a web based course. Results of a recent educational needs survey were also discussed. The areas identified in the survey as topics of interest include: Open Source Software for Libraries; Metadata Structure and Translation/Crosswalk; Integrating Licensed Electronic Resources; Digitization Project Design and Management; and Digitization-Technical Topic.
A liaison to the Assessment and Research Committee was appointed.
Support was expressed for the ALA Core Competencies for Librarianship. The new ALA Website redesign was also discussed and its provision for uniformity and an identifiable brand for the organization.
LITA Camp was briefly discussed. It will tentatively take place in Dublin, OH and is set for May 4-5 2009.
The Education Committee met on Sunday, January 13, 2008 with 12 members and guests present. This was the first meeting since the merger of the old Education Committee and the Regional Institutes Committee created the new Education Committee.
The By-Laws and Organization Committee sent Helen Gbala to the meeting to discuss the charge of the committee. Since the charge was just written by the board and presented to the new committee last June, the members asked to try out the charge to see how it works before making comment.
The committee spent most of the meeting time discussing two topics: the continuing education needs survey of LITA members and potential online courses or webinars that LITA could offer. The survey should be ready to go by late spring. It will include questions on educational topics, preferred delivery method (live or async), reasonable costs, and other issues.
Interspersed with discussion of the survey the committee discussed offering online and live courses with these points:
Hot topics sell (Web 2.0, JPEG 2000)
Need a plan or schedule for courses going forward
Develop an application form to disseminate to the members
Need a webinar product like OPAL or Illuminate
LITA has access to Moodle
Before adjourning the group discussed possible times for the next meeting. It’s hard to pick a meeting time that doesn’t conflict with something else important.
LITA is offering our User Centered Design Regional Institute prior to ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia on Thursday and Friday, January 10-11, 2008.
Day 1: Design Process; Day 2: Usability
Learn about design process for managing digital projects in libraries and usability theory and methodology. This workshop covers two days, and can be attended for either day, or both days. Day One focuses on design process. Staff skills and responsibilities, artifacts of the design process, and communication channels are addressed. Web technologies and standards are included as a framework. Day Two focuses on usability theory and methodology. Practice with usability technique and methods, information on additional types of test methods, and administrative issues are addressed.
Brenda Reeb, University of Rochester Libraries
Both Days: LITA member: $310;
ALA member: $520;
One Day: LITA member: $180;
ALA member: $285;
You do not have to attend the Midwinter Meeting to register for the workshop.
To register, please visit the ALA Conference Services Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/midwinter/2008/registration.htm
At the Annual 2007 American Library Association conference in Washington in June, the LITA Standards Interest Group sponsored a program entitled “Using Metadata Standards in Digital Libraries: implementing METS, MODS, PREMIS and MIX”. This session explored how libraries are using emerging standards to manage and provide navigation for digital library objects and featured the following:
- Rebecca Guenther, Library of Congress: Using Metadata Standards in Digital Libraries: Introduction to METS, MODS, PREMIS and MIX
- Morgan Cundiff, Library of Congress: Using and to Create XML Standards-based Digital Library Applications
- Nathan Trail, Library of Congress: How to Build, Display and Find METS Objects
- Brian Tingle, California Digital Library: Use of METS in CDL Digital Special Collections
- Sarah Shreeves, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign: Creating Rich Shareable Metadata: the DLF Aquifer MODS implementation guidelines
- Tom Habing, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign: METS, MODS and PREMIS, Oh My!: Integrating Digital Library Standards for Interoperability and Preservation
- Tod Olson, University of Chicago: MODS as Data Hub
The Library of Congress has made the presentations available.
The Education Committee met for the last time before merging with the Regional Institutes Committee to become the new (ta-da) Eduation Committee.
Susan Logue, as LITA board liaison, reported on the board meeting and shared information about the boardâ€™s assignments and expectations for the newly merged committee.
Included in the charge for the new committee are these points:
- Create 3-5 short online events
- Create liaisons to LITA interest groups for ideas
- Create an education committee wiki and supply editor for it from the committee members
- Create and maintain list of tools for educational initiatives
- Monitor delivery of 2 institutional repositoriesâ€™ offerings including an evaluation tool
- Goal for the committee is to have two new courses per year
Discussion by all members present centered on how to fulfill these assignments, whether it was possible to do so by a volunteer committee, and where to begin. The committee agreed on the need to do the educational needs survey first.
Mark Wahrenbrock discussed his sample survey that was previously distributed to committee members. He will collect questions from the committee members and compile them into a survey that can be sent to LITA members using Survey Monkey which is available through the ALA office.