LITA Updates, June 2015

This is one of our periodic messages sent to all LITA members. This update includes information about the following:

  • Election Results
  • Learning Opportunities at Annual Conference
  • Annual Conference Highlights
  • LITA Executive Director Plans to Retire

Election Results

Please join in congratulating the newly elected LITA Board Members:

Aimee Fifarek, Vice-President/President-Elect,
Ken Varnum and Susan Sharpless Smith, Directors-at-Large for three-year terms.

Thanks go to the Nominating Committee which included Karen G. Schneider, chair, Pat Ensor, Adriene Lim, and, Chris Evjy, members.

LITA members elected to the ALA Council include: Eric Suess and Joan Weeks, Councilors-at-Large.

Congratulations to all, and, thank you to every candidate who was willing to stand for office.

AC15_logo_FINAL_150px_revLearning Opportunities at Annual Conference

Three full day workshops are being offered in San Francisco on Friday, June 26th. Two of the sessions are in the Moscone Convention Center; the third preconference is off site in a maker/hacker space. These are your choices:

  1. Creating Better Tutorials Through User-Centered Instructional Design. Hands-on workshop with experts from the University of Arizona. Moscone Convention Center 2008 (W)
  2. Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies – in Your Library or Anywhere! Work with experts from the Black Girls CODE to become master technology teachers. Moscone Convention Center 2010 (W)
  3. Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace. This workshop will convene at Noisebridge, 2169 Mission Street, a hacker space in San Francisco. Clearly, it will be hands on.

To register for one of these three LITA workshops simply go to the ALA Annual Conference registration and sign up. If you are already registered for conference, the workshop will be added to your registration. If you can’t attend the Annual Conference but a full day workshop on Friday, June 26th from 8:30 – 4:00 pm would be perfect for you, please go to the ALA Annual Conference registration site and sign up. Although you register for these full day workshops through the Annual Conference registration site, please note: you do not have to register for the entire conference in order to register for a workshop. Registration will be accepted on site outside the classrooms for the two workshops in the Moscone Center.

  • Register online through June 19
  • Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084
  • Onsite registration will also be accepted in San Francisco.

Be sure to watch the LITA web sites for announcements about online learning opportunities that are being developed for July and August.

Annual Conference Highlights

The Open House on Friday, June 26, from 3:00 to 4:00pm, MCC-2005 (W), provides members and non-members alike an opportunity to explore with the LITA leadership the many opportunities within LITA. If there is a Committee or an Interest Group that might provide you with the leadership experience you are seeking, this is the perfect time to get some f2f advice. If you have ideas about how LITA might serve you better, this is the perfect time to share those ideas. If you are interested in programming or publications, if you are looking for people who share your interests in various aspects of technology, and/or if you are seeking a good conversation with engaged members, then you will want to attend the Open House.

“Sunday Afternoon with LITA” is scheduled for the Moscone Convention Center, 3014-3016 (W). The Afternoon starts with the popular Top Technology Trends program on June 28th from 1:00 to 2:00pm. This program features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology. The panel of experts includes: Carson Block, Andrea Davis, Grace Dunbar, Bonnie Tijerina, and Sarah Houghton, moderator.

A brief awards program at 3:00 will be followed by the LITA President’s Program. The award winners include:

  • Ed Summers, Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology,
  • David Walker, LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology,
  • Heather Terrell, LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award for her paper “Reference is dead, long live reference: electronic collections in the digital age.”

Following the awards ceremony, you will want to stay for Rachel Vacek’s President’s Program with Lou Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld Media, which publishes some of the best-loved books in user experience, produces UX events, and equips UX teams with coaching and training.

The Top Technology Trends program, LITA awards ceremony, and LITA President’s Program are all in the same room.

At 5:30, we transition from afternoon to evening at the LITA Happy Hour at DaDa Bar, 86 2nd Street.

LITA provides 20 programs at Annual Conference. Be sure to review the LITA Highlights page for detailed information on all LITA programs and activities planned for Annual Conference.

LITA Executive Director plans to retire

I have good news to share. After 24 years with ALA (14 of those with LITA), over 10 years with OCLC, and various other employment, I plan to retire. My last day will be July 31, 2015. I’m very excited. I’ve had a number of recommendations on what to do including: “spend the first day in your PJs”, and, “really enjoy not working”. I do plan to enjoy not working. I have a number of projects and plans I’ll be exploring, plus, people and places I hope to visit.

If you are in the San Francisco area on Sunday, June 28th, please come to the LITA Happy Hour to celebrate with me and the Membership Development Committee and other LITA leaders and members. The Happy Hour/Party is at the DaDa Bar, 86 2nd Street.

Hope to see you in San Francisco.


I encourage you to connect with LITA by:

  1. Exploring our web site.
  2. Subscribing to LITA-L email discussion list.
  3. Visiting the LITA blog and LITA Division page on ALA Connect.
  4. Connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter.
  5. Reaching out to the LITA leadership at any time.

Please note: the Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) journal is available to you and to the entire profession. ITAL features high-quality articles that undergo rigorous peer-review as well as case studies, commentary, and information about topics and trends of interest to the LITA community and beyond. Be sure to sign up for notifications when new issues are posted (March, June, September, and December).

If you have any questions or wish to discuss any of these items, please do let me know.

All the best,

Mary

Mary Taylor, Executive Director
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433 x4267
312-280-4267 (direct line)
312-280-3257 (fax)
mtaylor (at) ala.org
www.lita.org

Join us in Minneapolis, November 12-15, 2015 for the LITA Forum.

Congratulations to the LITA UX Contest Winners

The results are in for LITA’s Contest: Great Library UX Ideas Under $100. Congratulations to winner Conny Liegl, Designer for Web, Graphics and UX at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University for her submission entitled Guerilla Sketch-A-Thon. The LITA President’s Program Planning Team who ran the contest and reviewed the submissions loved how creative the project was and how it engaged users. From the sketches that accompanied the submission, and from looking at the before and after screenshots of the library website, it was clear the designers incorporated ideas from the student sketches.

Conny won a personal one-year, online subscription to Library Technology Reports, generously donated by ALA Tech Source. She gets to have lunch with LITA President Rachel Vacek and the LITA President’s Program speaker and UX expert Lou Rosenfeld at ALA in San Francisco. She gets a free book generously donated from Rosenfeld Media. And finally, her winning submission will be published in in Weave, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals published by Michigan Publishing.

There were so many entries submitted for the contest, picking a single winner was difficult. The Planning Team unanimously agreed to recognize first and second runner-up entries.

The First Runner-Up was the team at the University of Arizona Libraries who submitted their project Wayfinding in the Library. The team included people from multiple departments in their library including the User Experience department, Access & Information Services, and Library Communications. Congrats to Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian, Shoshana Mayden, Content Strategist, Nattawan Wood, Administrative Associate, Aungelique Rodriguez, Library Communications Student Assistant, and Beau Smith, Usability Testing Student Assistant. Each team member gets a book from Rosenfeld Media.

The Second Runner-Up was the team from Purdue University Libraries who submitted their project Applying Hierarchal Task Analysis Method to Discovery Tool Evaluation. The team consisted of Tao Zhang, Digital User Experiences Specialist and Marlen Promann, Graduate Research Assistant. Each team member gets a book from Rosenfeld Media.

In the coming months, interviews with the winners from each institution will be posted to the blog.

LITA Annual Report, 2014-2015

statswinnersmembershipAs we reflect on 2014-2015, it’s fair to say that LITA, despite some financial challenges, has had numerous successes and remains a thriving organization. Three areas – membership, education, and publications – bring in the most revenue for LITA. Of those, membership is the largest money generator. However, membership has been on a decline, a trend that’s been seen across the American Library Association (ALA) for the past decade. In response, the Board, committees, interest groups, and many and individuals have been focused on improving the member experience to retain current members and attract potential ones. With all the changes to the organization and leadership, LITA is on the road to becoming profitable again and will remain one of ALA’s most impactful divisions.

Read more in the LITA Annual Report.

Create, Build, Code and Hack with a choice of 4 LITA preconferences

Register now for one of four exciting LITA pre conferences at 2015 ALA Annual in San Francisco.

On Friday, June 26, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) brings you a choice of 4 dynamic, useful and fun preconferences. These all-day preconferences, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., will teach you how to create, build, code and hack the newest trends in technology for libraries. Register through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website. The price to register is: $235 for LITA members (use special code LITA2015); $350 for ALA members; and $380 for non-members.

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Creating Better Tutorials Through User-Centered Instructional Design. Hands-on workshop with experts from the University of Arizona. Event Code: LIT1

Build
Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace: Panel of Inventors & Librarians Working Together for a More Creative Tomorrow. This workshop will convene at Noisebridge, a maker space in San Francisco. Clearly, it will be hands on. Event Code: LIT3

Code
Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies – in Your Library or Anywhere! Work with experts from the Black Girls CODE to become master technology teachers. Event Code: LIT2

Hack
Let’s Hack a Collaborative Library Website! This hands-on experience will consist of a morning in-depth introduction to the tools, followed by an afternoon building a single collaborative library website. Event Code: LIT4

Through hands on activities participants will learn to code, build, create and learn to teach others new initiatives such as video tutorials, collaborative website tools, programming languages and arduino boards. These events are intended for any librarian wanting to stretch themselves and meet their patrons in these new hands on technologies worlds.

Notable preconference presenters include: Yvonne Mery, Leslie Sult and Rebecca Blakiston from the University of Arizona Libraries; Mitch Altman of Noisebridge, Brandon (BK) Klevence of The Maker Jawn Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), Angi Chau off the Castilleja School (Palo Alto,CA), Tod Colegrove and Tara M Radniecki of the University of Nevada – Reno; Kimberly Bryant and Lake Raymond from Black Girls CODE; and Kate Bronstad, Heather J Klish of Tufts University; and Junior Tidal of the New York City College of Technology.

See the LITA conference web site for information about LITA events including details on the preconferences, the LITA Presidents program with Lou Rosenfeld, the Top Technology Trends panel, and social events.

For questions, contact Mark Beatty, LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist at [email protected] or (312) 280-4268.

Volunteer to join the LITA AV Club

oldmovieprojectorYou know you always wanted to be part of the cool gang, well now is your big chance. Be a part of creating the LITA AV club. Help make videos of important LITA conference presentations like the Top Tech Trends panel and LITA Forum Keynotes. Create the recordings to share these exciting and informative presentations with your LITA colleagues who weren’t able to attend. Earn the undying gratitude of all LITA members.

Sound right up your alley? We’ll need a couple of chief wranglers plus a bunch of hands on folks. The group can organize via email now, and meet up in San Francisco say sometime Friday or early Saturday, June 26th and 27th. Details galore to be worked on by all. If you have enough fun you can always turn the Club into a LITA Interest Group and achieve immortality, fame and fortune, or more likely the admiration of your fellow LITAns.

To get started email Mark Beatty at: [email protected]
I’ll get gather names and contacts and create a “space” for you all to play.

Thanks. We can tell you are even cooler now than you were before you read this post.

Learn to Teach Coding – Webinar Recording

Tuesday May 26, 2015.

Today we had a lively half hour free webinar presentation by Kimberly Bryant and Lake Raymond from Black Girls CODE about their latest efforts and the exciting LITA preconference they will be giving at ALA Annual in San Francisco. Here’s the link to the recording from todays session:

LITA Learn to Teach Coding Free information webinar recording, May 26, 2015

For more information check out the previous LITA Blog entry:

Did you attend the webinar, or view the recording?  Give us your feedback by taking the Evaluation Survey.

Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies – in Your Library or Anywhere!

Then register for and attend the LITA preconference at ALA Annual. This opportunity is following up on the 2014 LITA President’s Program at ALA Annual where then LITA President Cindi Trainor Blyberg welcomed Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.

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The Black Girl Code Vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

LITA Presents Two Webinars on Kids, Technology and Libraries

Technology and Youth Services Programs: Early Literacy Apps and More
Wednesday May 20, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time

and

After Hours: Circulating Technology to Improve Kids’ Access
Wednesday May 27, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time

Register now for either or both of these exciting and lively webinars

tweentabTechnology and Youth Services Programs, join Claire Moore, Head of Children’s Service at Darien Library (CT). In this digital age it has become increasingly important for libraries to infuse technology into their programs and services. Youth services librarians are faced with many technology routes to consider and app options to evaluate and explore. Claire will discuss innovative and effective ways the library can create opportunities for children, parents and caregivers to explore new technologies.

makeittakeitarduinoAfter Hours: Circulating Technology to Improve Kids’ Access, join Megan Egbert the Youth Services Manager for the Meridian Library District (ID). For years libraries have been providing access and training to technology through their services and programs. Kids can learn to code, build a robot, and make a movie with an iPad at the library. But what can they do when they get home? The Meridian Library (ID) has chosen to start circulating new types of technology such as Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, robots, iPads and apps. Join Megan to discover benefits, opportunities and best practices.

Register for either one or both of the webinars

Full details
Can’t make the date but still want to join in? Registered participants will have access to the recorded webinar.

Cost:

LITA Member: $45
Non-Member: $105
Group: $196

Registration Information

Register Online page arranged by session date (login required)
OR
Mail or fax form to ALA Registration
OR
Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5
OR
email [email protected]

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty, [email protected].

Events surrounding the LITA President’s Program at ALA Annual

As LITA President, one of my initiatives for my presidential year was to improve the member experience. I’ve been doing this by applying user experience concepts that I’m familiar with in my everyday job to effect change and improve the overall experience for current members and those who are on the fence about joining. The LITA member experience encompasses all aspects of a member’s interaction with the association, including its programming, educational opportunities, publications, events, and even other members. The LITA Board, Committees, and ad hoc Task Forces have been instrumental to making a positive difference in the experiences of our members.

Therefore, it was important for me to pick someone for my President’s Program at ALA Annual that is considered to be an expert on user experience (UX). Accomplished information architect and author Louis Rosenfeld and LITA President Rachel Vacek will discuss the curious world of user experience at the 2015 LITA President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, on Sunday, June 28th, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. I know that he’s excited to tackle your questions on the importance of UX research and what libraries can do to provide better experiences.

As we approach ALA Annual, I put together a fantastic team of people to help me plan not one, but TWO exciting events that lead up to the President’s Program. Here they are:

Contest: Great Library UX Ideas Under $100

Chat: UX Twitter Chat

I hope that you consider participating in these exciting opportunities to share what YOU know about UX with others in the library community, and learn from others. And I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco at my President’s Program with Lou Rosenfeld!

Thanks,

Rachel Vacek, and the LITA President’s Program Planning Team: Amanda Goodman, Whitni Watkins, Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Haley Moreno, Bohyun Kim, along with additional help from our friends on the RUSA User Experience Design Committee, Lauren McKeen and Rachael Cohen

Contest: Great Library UX Ideas Under $100

In case you haven’t noticed, user experience (UX) is all the buzz in libraries lately. If you aren’t already in the thick of a UX project now, you’re likely thinking of ways to start one.

Accomplished information architect and author Lou Rosenfeld will discuss the curious world of user experience at the 2015 LITA President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, on Sunday, June 28th, 2015, from 3-4pm. He’ll tackle your questions with moderation from LITA President Rachel Vacek on the importance of UX research and what libraries can do to provide better experiences. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

As we approach ALA Annual, the LITA President’s Program Planning Team invites you to share your library’s successful UX projects through the LITA President’s Program Contest: Great Library UX Ideas Under $100. Join us as we celebrate library innovation!

Contest Description

Have you done something great to improve the physical or web user experience in your library? Were you able to complete the entire project for less than $100? Tell us about it!

Using the form below, submit a description of your UX project. Include a brief description of the problem, the project’s goals and desired outcomes, methodology or assessment, any technology utilized, the budget, what changes were implemented, and a description of how those changes improved the library users’ experience. The project can be in progress or recently completed and can be related to any aspect of library services: technology, spaces, resources, or programs – so long as it is user-centered, improved the UX, and has been or will be completed with a budget of $100 or less!

Submission Details

  • Submissions need to include a brief description of the problem, the project’s goals and desired outcomes, methodology or assessment, any technology utilized, the budget, what changes were implemented, and a description of how those changes improved the library users’ experience.
  • Librarians and library staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to participate. Projects must have occurred within a library setting.
  • Project descriptions must be 500 words or less.
  • You do not need to be a LITA member to participate in the contest.
  • Only one submission per project will be considered.
  • Projects completed prior to January, 2014 will not be considered.

To enter, complete the Contest Submission Form by May 31, 2015 by 12:00 AM CDT

Selection Process and Criteria

The LITA’s President’s Program Planning Team will select one project winner. Notable entries may receive mention on the LITA Blog or other ALA platforms. Winning submissions will be notified via email the week of June 15, 2015.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: How did you use little resources to creatively assess and solve a problem?
  • Simplicity: How easily could this project be implemented elsewhere?
  • Impact: How did your project positively affect the library users’ experience?

What the Winner(s) Will Receive

  • A personal one-year, online subscription to Library Technology Reports, a $249 value! You’ll get online access to 8 brand new issues of Library Technology Reports, all written by leading practitioners. This has been generously donated by ALA Tech Source.
  • Lunch with President Program Speaker, Lou Rosenfeld, and LITA President, Rachel Vacek on June 28th prior to the event
  • Recognition at the LITA President’s Program at ALA Annual on Sunday, June 28, 2015
  • A free e-book from Rosenfeld Media for each member of the winning team
  • Recognition on the LITA Blog
  • Publication of the winning entry in Weave, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals published by Michigan Publishing

Submissions Deadline

May 31, 2015, 12:00 AM CDT

Questions

For more information, contact LITA President’s Program Planning Team members Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, [email protected] or Lauren McKeen, [email protected].

ALA TechSource
Weave, the Journal of Library User Experience
Rosenfeld Media

Chat: UX Twitter Chat

Participate in LITA’s first ever UX Twitter Chat!

When will this happen?

  • Friday, May 15th, 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderators Amanda (@godaisies) and Haley (@hayleym1218), See Archive
  • Friday, May 29th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Bohyun (@bohyunkim), See Archive
  • Friday, June 12th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Whitni (@_whitni)
  • Friday, June 19th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Michael (@schoeyfield)
  • Friday, July 10th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Matt (@mreidsma) and Kyle (@gwydion9)
  • Friday, July 24th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Matt (@mreidsma) and Kyle (@gwydion9)
  • Friday, August 7th 2-3 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, August 21th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Pete (@pfcoco)
  • Friday, September 4th 2-3 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, September 18th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Amanda (@godaisies)

What is the UX Twitter Chat?

Share your challenges, successes, techniques, and workflows that you have developed to improve user experience (UX) at your library. Use #litaux to participate. Additionally, you can ask questions that may be selected to be answered by proclaimed UX expert, Lou Rosenfeld during the LITA President’s Program at Annual. Submit your questions ahead of time to the moderator. The moderators will ask questions in the Q1, Q2, and Q3 format and followers will use #litaux and answer back in the A1, A2, and A3 format, as you may have see in the #libchat or #inaljchat.

When participating, be constructive. Be respectful. No attacking others. And use the hashtag #litaux.

Who’s behind this?

Weave, the Journal of Library User ExperienceThis chat is inspired by the 2015 LITA President’s Program at ALA Annual and put together by LITA President Rachel Vacek (@vacekrae), her planning team (Amanda Goodman, Whitni Watkins, Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Haley Moreno, Bohyun Kim, Rachael Cohen, and Lauren McKeen). To make this even more awesome, they are partnering with the LITA UX Interest Group and Weave, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals published by Michigan Publishing.

We hope you’ll join us!