Joan Lippincott Video

As promised, here’s the first of the three Keynote videos from LITA Forum 2009. It’s not perfect, as we tried several different strategies throughout filming the various keynotes…try and frame the speaker and the screen wasn’t great, so in later videos we just concentrated on the speaker.

In any case, I hope you enjoy! The embed is to a web-friendly version, but we do have the HD version as well…at least until our hosting decides to kill us for the massive filesize (seriously, I plan to move these over to for permanent storage, but for now, go easy on the HD, please).

HD m4v download

Joan Lippincott

LITA Forum 2009 Media explosion

Introducing the Keynote Media Series from LITA Forum 2009! First up we’ll have the audio from the Keynote presentations by Joan Lippincott, David Weinberger, and Liz Lawley, followed up in the next week or so with video of those same keynotes! Some people prefer audio, some video, so we’re gonna give you the best of both worlds.

I’ll apologize in advance for the delay on the video…we recorded the keynotes in 1080 HD, and I had forgotten how very, very long that takes to render down to web-watchable sizes.

So, watch this space over the next few days for the audio files of the LITA Forum 2009 Keynotes!

LITA Forum 2009 – Presentations for Download

For all those not lucky enough to attend LITA Forum 2009: Open and Mobile, check out some of the:

30+ presentations that have been posted online at ALA Connect.

Update: Link above corrected – was missing one number at the end, oops!

Not to mention: Liz Lawley’s Keynote address on Slideshare!

Let’s keep the discussion going!

As you can see, many have already begun.

If you know of more – or have blogged about Forum yourself – please repost here, or send to jondblackburn @, and I will repost.

National Forum Housing Deadline

Housing deadline is around the corner! Be sure to reserve your housing by September 15 to receive the discounted rate.

There’s still time to register for the National Forum, October 1-4 in Salt Lake City! Don’t miss out on:

Visit the LITA Web site for more information on the Forum.

Early Registration Deadline Approaching for 2009 LITA National Forum

Now is your opportunity to realize excellent savings on registration for the forum. Prior to August 31, the registration rates are $50 lower. Register Now

The LITA National Forum, held October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, is a great educational opportunity for those involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field; here are just a few reasons why this year’s National Forum is not to be missed:

  • Dynamic keynote speakers, Joan Lippincott, David Weinberger, and Liz Lawley.
  • Two full-day preconferences: The Future of Mobile, presented by Jason Griffey and Accessibility Update: Section 508 and WCAG in a Library 2.0 World, presented by Nina McHale.
  • Many networking opportunities, including the informal Friday evening reception and Saturday evening networking dinners to get to know LITA leaders, Forum speakers, and peers.
  • Two sessions of Lightning Talks on Friday and Saturday. Lightning talks are snappy presentations that are great fun for attendees and an opportunity for presenters to showcase late-breaking ideas, trends, and achievements.
  • In addition, up to twelve sponsors will be on hand to discuss their latest products and services during the Sponsor Showcase.

Don’t take our word for it – see why LITA Past President Andrew Pace calls the Forum one of his favorite conferences.

Visit the LITA Web site for more information on the Forum.

Lightning Talks at LITA Forum 2009: Fast Talkers With Great Ideas Wanted!

Along with sparkling keynotes and terrific programs, LITA Forum 2009, October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, offers two sessions of nine five-minute lightning talks (at previous Forums, called Five Minute Madness) on Friday, Oct. 2 at 4:20 and again on Sat. Oct. 3 at 10:50 am.

Lightning talks are snappy presentations that are great fun for attendees and an opportunity for presenters to showcase late-breaking ideas, trends, and achievements. Speakers are strictly held to five minutes (we sound the gong at 4:59). There is a Q&A period for all speakers at the end.

Want to continue the conversations after the lightning talks? Sessions are conveniently scheduled right before Friday’s Vendor Showcase Reception and Saturday’s lunch.

Lightning talks are first-come, first-serve. We will assign the first 18 people who reply, and once these slots are full, the other names will go on a waiting list. We assume you’re registered for LITA Forum!


1. Send an email to with your name, email, organization, title for your lightning talk, and preferred session (October 2 or October 3). Please put LITA Forum Lightning Talk in the subject of your message. Use the Conference Schedule to help you select your preferred session time.

2. We will notify the lightning-talkers and the first few runners-up by September 15, 2009.

3. If your plans change, please let us know so we can reassign your slot!


1. LITA Forum attendees from companies are welcome to participate, but the content must relate to technology and libraries and should not be a sales pitch.

2. People who already have programs, papers, posters accepted at LITA Forum are requested to give others a chance (unless they are burning with a completely different idea they are absolutely dying to share).

3. These are quick, fun, low-barrier talks. Extensive slides and handouts are not required or expected. Remember, when the gong strikes, you’re outta there.

4. If you use slides, please bring them in a format compatible with MS PowerPoint on a thumb drive for loading onto the computer in the room during the break preceding the session (or load them to a slidesharing site and advise us of the URL). We will ensure that they are forwarded to the LITA office for inclusion on the Forum website.