International Vistor to the 2006 LITA Forum

From October 26 -29, 2006, a fairly large group of librarians and information technology professionals from various institutions across the United States descended upon Nashville Tennessee to attend the LITA Forum. The 2006 Forum had as its theme ‘Web Services as Library Services. I was fortunate to be there as I had been selected by […]

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Forum 06 poster sessions

Sadly, I only had an hour between meetings, so I didn’t get to every poster session, but here at last are the notes I do have. A PDF of the session descriptions is available on the LITA web site. There was a good range of topics and library types represented. Instructional Media and Library Online […]

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Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Update: Part 2

Alternate (possibly better) title: Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation (oh wait, I already used the alternate title for a post) Continuing on with the program from Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Update: Part 1… (a teaser for this part of the session was as previously blogged on LITAblog, btw) Participatory Networks: The Library […]

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Wikis : when are they the right answer?

Jason Griffey of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga presented a brief, bright and breezy look at the basics of wikis and their use in libraries to an attentive group of about 60 attendees at the end of day two of the 2006 LITA National Forum. The basic appeal of the wiki is that it […]

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The Spin on Thin : Thin Clients in Academic Libraries

On the final day of the 2006 LITA National Forum, Helene Gold, electronic services librarian at Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida) described how thin clients are being integrated into the computing environment in the college’s new library. The 25 people who braved Forum-fatigue to attend were not disappointed by Helene’s engaging and accessible presentation. When […]

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The impending demise of the local OPAC

Gregg Silvis presented his view of the not-so-rosy future of the local OPAC to a capacity crowd on the first day of the 2006 LITA National Forum. Reviewing the origins of today’s OPACs in the card catalogs of yore, he focused on the duplication of effort that has always been a part of the tradition […]

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SUSHI: The NISO Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative

The full title of this presentation was ‘Building a Web Service for the Library World, from the Ground Up’ and that’s exactly what the three presenters covered. We heard about the project’s beginnings and current status, what it means for content providers, and how it affects vendors of ERMs (Electronic Resource Management packages). The presenters […]

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Archiving & Preserving the Web

Kristine Hanna was the main speaker for this session, and Linda Freuh also contributed. Both are from the Internet Archive. The session opened with a brief outline of the history of the Internet Archive. They were founded in 1996, and are a non profit organization dedicated to, well, archiving the Internet. They crawl two billion […]

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LITA Keynote Session: "Save America's Treasures"

“Save America’s Treasures: Preservation of Rare Acetate and Vinyl Recording Transcriptions” Speaker: Dr. John Rumble, Senior Historian Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (operated by the non-profit Country Music Foundation) Dr. Rumble spoke about the history of the CMHFM, which opened in 1967. It new location opened in 2001, and the Bob Pinson Recorded […]

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Many Users, One Computer

Eric Delozier of Penn State presented Many Users, One Computer, and Access to Web Services: Information Technology Risk Management in Libraries. I arrived a bit late, so I’m starting where I came in: Liability issues: without adequate protection, patrons’ personal files and information might be lost or stolen; systems can be damaged. Causes for loss: […]

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