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!

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

Attend a free one hour webinar to discover what learning to teach coding is all about, and 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.

The informational webinar is free and open to the first 100 log-ins:
Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm Central Time
http://ala.adobeconnect.com/teachcoding/
Enter as guest. The webinar will be recorded and the link to the recording will be posted to these same resource spaces.

Here the link to the Recording now available.

Register online for the ALA Annual Conference and add a LITA Preconference 

bryantBlack Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and grow the number of women of color working in technology. LITA is devoted to putting on programs that promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology. Together, BCG and LITA offer this full day pre-conference workshop, designed to turn reasonably tech savvy librarians into master technology teachers. The workshop will help attendees develop effective lesson plans and design projects their students can complete successfully in their own coding workshops. The schedule will feature presentations in the morning followed by afternoon breakout workgroups, in which attendees can experiment with programming languages such as Scratch, Ruby on Rails, and more.

Presenters:

Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director Black Girls CODE

Lake Raymond, Program Coordinator Black Girls CODE

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The Black Girl Code Vision: 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.

Kimberly Bryant:
That, really, is the Black Girls Code mission: to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. Imagine the impact that these curious, creative minds could have on the world with the guidance and encouragement others take for granted.

REGISTRATION:

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  • LITA Member $235 (coupon code: LITA2015)
  • ALA Member $350
  • Non-Member $380

How-to

To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial conference registration or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don’t have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected]. You also have the option of registering for a preconference only. To receive the LITA member pricing during the registration process on the Personal Information page enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015

Register online for the ALA Annual Conference and add a LITA Preconference
Call ALA Registration at 1-866-513-0760
Onsite registration will also be accepted in San Francisco.

Questions or Comments?

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

LITA Updates, April 2015

This is one of our periodic messages sent to all LITA members. This update includes items as follows:

  • Last two days to vote in the LITA/ALA election
  • New LITA Guide just published
  • Four preconferences/regional workshops planned for San Francisco
  • Online Learning Opportunities in May

Last two days to vote

If your current LITA membership was activated by January 31, 2015, you qualify to vote. Sometime ago you received an email notice regarding the election. If you haven’t already voted, please do find that email from the ALA Election Coordinator. The ALA/LITA election ends on Friday, May 1 just before midnight. For more details, see the LITAblog post.

New LITA Guide now available

Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning (a LITA Guide) is now available through the ALA Store. Mary Mallery is the editor and she has written the first chapter. Other contributors include: Liz Bishoff, Thomas Clareson, Donia Conn, Denise O’Shea, Marshall Breeding and Paul Soderdahl.

AC15_logo_FINAL_150px_revFour LITA workshops in San Francisco

Register for one of the following four LITA workshops being offered in San Francisco. 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. You do not have to register for the Annual Conference. Three of the workshops are in the Moscone Convention Center; the fourth workshop is off site in a maker space. Registration will be accepted on site as space allows. These are your choices:

  • Creating Better Tutorials Through User-Centered Instructional Design. Hands-on workshop with experts from the University of Arizona.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace. This workshop will convene at Noisebridge, a maker space in San Francisco. Clearly, it will be hands on.

If you are attending Annual, be sure to review the LITA schedule. On Saturday, in addition to the all committees meeting in the morning, a number of IGs are holding discussions both in the morning and during the afternoon. The IG sessions continue through Sunday.

Sunday Afternoon with LITA includes the Top Technology Trends panel discussion, a brief awards ceremony, and the LITA President’s Program with Lou Rosenfeld. Details on all things LITA at Annual Conference, are available at http://www.ala.org/lita/conferences/annual/2015.

Online Learning opportunities

For more information, go to the LITA Web site.


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.

LITA and ALA elections close on May 1, 2015

There is still time to vote for LITA and ALA candidates. The polls will close on Friday May 1, at 11:59 pm Central Time. So make sure you cast your ballot.

electionshighlightLITA Division Candidates include:

President Candidates:

  • Aimee Fifarek
  • Nancy Colyar

Director-at-large candidates:

  • Ken Varnum
  • Susan Sharpless Smith
  • Martin Kalfatovic
  • Frank Cervone

ALA Candidates who are LITA members include:

Presidential candidate:

  • Joseph Janes

Council candidates:

  • Brett Bonfield
  • Megan Drake
  • Henry Mensch
  • Colby Mariva Riggs
  • Jules Shore
  • Eric Suess
  • Joan Weeks

ALA notified voters by email, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of your ballot, members should watch for emails from ALA Election Coordinator, [email protected] The subject line will be “ALA 2015 election login information below.”

To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2015. Although the election is being conducted online, there remains one exception: Members with disabilities and without internet access may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5.

Make your voice heard and submit your choices.

Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace

Panel of Inventors & Librarians Working Together for a More Creative Tomorrow
A LITA Preconference at 2015 ALA Annual

Register online for the ALA Annual Conference and add a LITA Preconference

Friday, June 26, 2015, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Check out this welcoming Video from Mitch Altman, co-founder of the Noisebridge Hacker space.

arduinoComputers have changed our lives, but what do we really know about them? Library/information centers can provide answers. Via this hackerspace hosted innovative and experiential session, attendees will learn practical skills such as soldering and learning the basics of Arduino programing and being able to create and adapt programs for their own needs. A panel of Silicon Valley insiders and librarians will share how their institutions programs on programming contribute to analytical thinking.

This experiential session is for anyone, with or without experience, who is curious about the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) / Do-It-Together (DIT) movement, and how it can help libraries. Come join LITA at Noisebridge, for a day at one of the first US hackerspaces. In the morning, attendees will learn to solder their own limited edition LITA project, learn the basics of electronics, and leave not only with the projects they made and inspiration to experiment on their own, but also with ideas for implementation of hackerspaces in their libraries.

There will be an afternoon panel lead by a Silicon Valley inventor and library colleagues from School, Public and University Libraries that will provide different perspectives of how a hackerspace and its programming can provide a catalyst for lifelong learning in students/patrons, and how libraries can remain relevant and supportive far into the future. The discussion will include helpful hints to decide what type of space and tools are is right for your institution. Finally there will be a choice of experiential small group projects along with tours of the space.

An additional materials fee of $25, payable at the door, may apply for this session

Additional resources

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces
Mitch Altman TedxBrussels talk
Tod Colgrove TedxReno Talk
Castilleja School Bourn Idea Lab
The Maker Jawn Initiative at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Arduino

noisebridgeArduinosPresenters:

  • Mitch Altman, Co-founder of Noisebridge, President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics
  • Tod Colegrove, Head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada – Reno
  • Angi Chau, Director of Bourn Idea Lab, Castilleja School (Palo Alto,CA)
  • Brandon (BK) Klevence, Maker Mentor and Prototyper, The Maker Jawn Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Tara M Radniecki, Engineering Librarian at DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Daniel Verbit, MLIS Candidate, University of Alabama

Where:

The fun will take place at the well known Noisebridge hackerspace. Accessible using the BART system.

sparkfunLogoSponsor:

SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Whether it’s a robot that can cook your breakfast or a GPS cat tracking device, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. Learn more at https://learn.sparkfun.com/

AC15sfPod238x120Registration:

Cost

  • LITA Member $235 (coupon code: LITA2015)
  • ALA Member $350
  • Non-Member $380

How-to

To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial conference registration or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don’t have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected]. You also have the option of registering for a preconference only. To receive the LITA member pricing during the registration process on the Personal Information page enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015

Register online for the ALA Annual Conference and add a LITA Preconference
Call ALA Registration at 1-866-513-0760
Onsite registration will also be accepted in San Francisco.

Questions or Comments?

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

After Hours: Circulating Technology to Improve Kids’ Access

A LITA Webinar: After Hours: Circulating Technology to Improve Kids’ Access

makeittakeitarduinoWednesday May 27, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time
Register now for this webinar

The second brand new LITA Webinar on youth and technology.

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? How can libraries expand their reach to help more than just the youth they see every day? The Meridian Library (ID) has chosen to start circulating new types of technology. Want to learn about Arduinos? Check one out from our library! What is a Raspberry Pi? You get 4 weeks to figure it out. Robots too expensive to buy? Too many iPad apps to choose from? Test it from your library first. Join Megan Egbert to discover benefits, opportunities and best practices.

MeganegbertMegan Egbert

Is the Youth Services Manager for the Meridian Library District (ID), where she oversees programs and services for ages 0-18. Previous to her three years in this position she was a Teen Librarian. She earned her Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas and her Bachelors in Sociology from Boise State University. Her interests include STEAM education, digital badges, makerspaces, using apps in storytime, and fostering digital literacy. @MeganEgbert on Twitter

Then register for the webinar

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].

Jobs in Information Technology: April 22

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information, Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Park, PA

Director of Research and Instructional Support, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Division Librarian, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Emerging Technologies Librarian, Marquette University Libraries, Milwaukee, WI

Principal Librarian, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Programmer Analyst II, Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach, VI

System Librarian, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

 

Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning

Mallery_300Check out the newest LITA Guide: Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning

Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter. A disaster’s effect on internet and social media sites, electronic resources, digital collections, and staff and public infrastructure of PCs, tablets, laptops and other peripherals requires special consideration. Edited by Mary Mallery, “Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning: A LITA Guide” published by ALA TechSource, features contributions from librarians who offer hard-won advice gained from personal experience. Leading readers through a step-by-step process of creating a library technology disaster response and recovery plan, this compendium:

  • outlines the three phases of technology disaster response, with examples of planning and implementation strategies from several different libraries;
  • describes how to conduct an inventory and risk assessment;
  • provides detailed case studies of recent large-scale technology disasters in libraries and documents how lessons learned have helped to improve technology disaster planning;
  • offers an in-depth look at future trends in cloud computing, mapping out the new field of disaster mitigation, response and recovery planning;
  • includes useful resources such as checklists, templates and a sample communications plan.

Mallery is the associate dean for technical services at Montclair State University Library. She has published articles and presented on library technology-related topics extensively. She is the book review editor for the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship and a regular contributor to the Web Review column of Technical Services Quarterly. She teaches classes in database design and management as well as metadata sources for library professionals at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information as a part-time lecturer.