LITA Forum 2012: Streaming Video of Keynotes and Photo Group on Flickr

View streaming video of the LITA National Forum 2012 keynote speakers:

  • Eric Hellman on Friday, Oct 5th at 1pm EDT
  • Ben Shneiderman on Saturday, Oct 6th at 9am EDT
  • Sarah Houghton on Sunday, Oct 6th at 10:30am EDT

At (Recordings will be available via USTREAM  after the event.)

Also, check out photos of the forum via the Flickr group Pix4LITA

LITA Forum 2012: early bird rates available through August 31

Early Bird Registration Deadline August 31, 2012!

Last chance to save up to $50 on registration for the 2012 LITA National Forum “New World of Data: Discover. Connect. Remix.,” to be held October 4-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Columbus, OH.

Don’t forget to book your room at the Hyatt by September 3, 2012 to guarantee the LITA room rate.

This year’s Forum will feature keynote speakers Eric Hellman, Ben Shneiderman, and Sarah Houghton. More than 30 concurrent sessions and a dozen poster sessions will provide a wealth of practical information on a wide range of topics. Two preconference workshops will also be offered; Tabatha Farney, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, CO will present “Developing a Web Analytics Strategy for Your Library: Using Data to Measure Success” and Christopher Manly, Cornell University will present “Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Running Your Systems (And Are Afraid to Ask!).”

Networking opportunities, one of the small conference advantages, are an important part of the Forum. Take advantage of the Friday evening reception and sponsor showcase, networking dinners, meals and breaks throughout the Forum to get to know LITA leaders, Forum speakers, sponsors, and peers.

Visit the LITA web site for more information.

Student Registration Rate for the 2012 LITA Forum

LITA is offering a special student registration rate to the 2012 LITA National Forum to a limited number of graduate students enrolled in ALA accredited programs.   The Forum will be held October 5-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, OH.  To learn more about the Forum, visit

In exchange for the discounted registration, students will assist the LITA organizers and the Forum presenters with the on-site operations for the Forum.  This year’s theme is “New World of Data.”  We are anticipating an attendance of 400-500 decision makers and implementers of new information technologies in libraries.

The selected students will be expected to attend the full LITA National Forum, Friday noon through Sunday noon, but not the pre-conferences on Thursday and Friday.  You will be assigned a variety of duties, but will be able to attend the Forum programs, which include 3 keynote sessions, approximately 30 concurrent sessions, and 12 poster presentations.

The student rate is $180 – half the regular registration rate for LITA members.  This rate includes a Friday night reception at the hotel, continental breakfasts, and Saturday lunch.

To apply for the student registration rate, please provide the following information:

  1. Complete contact information including email address,
  2. The name of the school you are attending, and
  3. 150 word (or less) statement on why you want to attend the LITA National Forum

Please send this information no later than August 24, 2012 to, with LITA Forum Student Registration Request in the subject line.

Those selected for the student rate will be notified no later than August 31, 2012.

Deadline extended to submit presentation proposal to “Innovation in Libraries 2012”

Innovation in Libraries 2012:  A Free Post Conference event after LITA Forum

Invitation and Call for Proposals

Do you love exploring new ideas? Always secretly wished you knew more about how to create an app? Wonder what the next wave of library innovation might be?

If you answered yes, then Innovation in Libraries 2012 is for you. The event will happen after LITA Forum concludes on Oct. 7, and will continue through the morning of Oct. 8. Sponsored by OCLC and held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library, Innovation in Libraries 2012 is your chance to hear from experts and colleagues, and contribute your ideas. Library innovation of all flavors will be on tap; you are invited.

To register and learn more about Innovation in Libraries 2012, go to:

Proposals requested

Whether you plan to attend LITA Forum or not, you are encouraged to share your innovations, ideas and instructive failures with fellow attendees at Innovation in Libraries 2012. There are three (3) potential ways to participate:

  • 20 minute sessions These are your standard presentations where you showcase the interesting work you’re doing at your library/consortium, etc
  •  5 minute lightning talks These are pecha kucha-style sessions designed to have 20 slides each
  • 1 hour breakout session leader Brush up your group facilitation skills by volunteering to lead a breakout discussion on a specific topic. Examples include:
  • Building apps for tech services
  • Building apps for discovery layers
  • Library integration with nonlibrary functions
  • Nonlibrary apps and “what’s out there”
  • Your interesting topic here….

Potential themes

The following topics might get your creative juices flowing:

  • App ideation and creation
  • Apps usage and outcomes, results
  • Using APIs and Web services
  • Platform usage
  • Building a staff culture of creativity
  • Building useful tools for your library
  • Widgets, gadgets, plug-ins
  • Strategies to help staff innovate
  • Strategies to help users innovate

Basically, share something interesting, include a technical angle and explain how it helped your library/users/libraries worldwide in the process.

Deadline is now 31 August 2012.
Submit your proposal at

Registration for Innovation in Libraries 2012 is open now, at All accepted proposals will also need to register separately for the event, which is free to all attendees.