LITA Updates

This update includes information about the following:

  • Election is open
  • April Online Learning Opportunities
  • Annual Conference Highlights
  • LITA members named LJ Movers & Shakers
  • Two new guides now available
  • Staff change

2014 Election is open

If you were a LITA member in good standing as of January 31, 2014, you have been or will be notified by email with a unique passcode and information about how to vote. The election remains open through April 25, 2014, 11:59 pm Central time.

On May 2nd, the Election Committee will meet at the ALA offices to certify the election. The results will be released following that meeting.

April Online Learning Opportunities

  • All Aboard – the Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success.
    This two hour webinar on April 2nd provides a template for creating a comprehensive plan for social media usage and assessment, with an emphasis on creating a meaningful voice and a compelling personality. For registration and additional information, visit the course page.
  • Getting Started with GIS.
    This is a three week course where participants will gain knowledge of popular online mapping resources, the ability to create an online map, an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data, and, an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects. For registration and additional information, visit the course page

Annual Conference Highlights

The 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas begins with three f2f learning opportunities offered to everyone who wants to attend. In other words, you can register for these workshops only or you can add them to your conference registration. Register online through June 20 for

  • Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing,
  • Practical Linked Data with Open Source,
  • Web Therapy.

If you are attending Annual Conference, please do plan to attend the LITA Open House on Friday, June 27 at 3:00, the “Sunday Afternoon with LITA” which includes the Top Technology Trends program at 1:00, the LITA Awards Ceremony at 3:00 immediately followed by the President’s Program featuring Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code. The programming is followed by the LITA Happy Hour at 5:30. For additional information, visit the LITA conference page.


LJ Movers & Shakers

The following LITA members were selected by Library Journal for their annual recognition as Movers & Shakers:

Rachel Vacek was identified as an innovator.

Laura Damon-Moore was identified as a change agent.

Sarah Sagmoen and Susan Lyon were identified as marketers.

Kyle Denlinger was identified as a tech leader.

Please join me in congratulating these members on being recognized by LJ.


Two New Guides Now Available

“Makerspaces Top Trainblazing Projects” by Caitlin A Bagley, and, “Responsive Web Design for Libraries” by Matthew Reidsma have been recently published. More details and order capability is provided through the ALA Store.


Staff Change

Melissa Prentice is now the Manager of Public Services at the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Melissa has served the LITA membership for more than seven years. Please join us in wishing Melissa all the best in her new job


I encourage you to connect with LITA by:

  1. Exploring our web site.
  2. Subscribing to the 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.
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@ala.org

www.lita.org


Join us in Albuquerque, November 5-8, 2014 for the LITA Forum. The theme is “Transformation: From Node to Network”

LITA Preconferences

LITA Preconferences: Friday, June 27, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing

Presenters: Abigail Goben, University of Illinois, Chicago; Sarah Sheehan, George Mason University; Nathan B. Putnam; University of Maryland
As data continues to come to the fore, new tools are becoming available for librarians to assist faculty and use with their own data. This preconference would focus on the DMPTool and OpenRefine. The DMPTool will be presented to demonstrate customization features, review data management plans, best and worst practices, and writing a data plan for a data set a library may collect. OpenRefine will be demonstrated with sample data to show potential use with library data sets and more of the data lifecycle process; metadata will also be covered.

Practical Linked Data with Open Source

Presenters: Galen Charlton, Equinox Software; Jodi Schneider, DERI, NUI Galway; Dan Scott, Laurentian University; Richard Urban, Florida State University
Linked Data can improve how libraries share their metadata, harvest it from non-library sources, and build better applications to connect patrons with library resources. However, what does this mean for the daily work of catalogers? This preconference will narrow the gap between theory and practice by presenting the state of the art for Linked Data management in open source integrated library systems and giving participants the chance to try it out.

Web Therapy

Presenters: Nina McHale, ninermac.net; Christopher Evjy, Jefferson County Library
Having trouble managing your library’s web site? Content in chaos? Platform the pits? Statistics staggering? The doctors are in! In this full-day preconference, we will tackle a number of tough topics to help cure the ills that are keeping your library site from achieving total wellness. Specific topics will be determined by a survey sent in advance to attendees. Enjoy networking and problem solving with fellow web-minded library folks.

Registration:

Rates
  •  LITA Member $235
  •  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 alaannual@compusystems.com. You also have the option of registering for a preconfernce only.
  • Register online through June 20
  • Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084
  • Onsite registration will also be accepted in Las Vegas.

LITA Online Board Meeting – April 9, 2014

The LITA Board invites you to join this meeting online on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.  Eastern.  Join the meeting by clicking the following link:  http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r1pq15r3alh/

View the meeting agenda:  http://connect.ala.org/node/220227

If you have any questions, recommendations, or wish to discuss any of this, please leave a comment or contact the LITA office,  at 312/280-4269

Jobs in Information Technology: March 14

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

Copyright Officer,  Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Geospatial Services Librarian, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Online Education and Outreach Librarian, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Programs and Marketing Specialist, American Library Association (LITA Division), Chicago, IL

Public Library Consultant for Eastern Idaho, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho Falls, ID

Technical eLibrarian, University of Phoenix,  Phoenix, AZ

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

Jobs in Information Technology: March 12

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

Information Systems Coordinator, University of Miami,  Coral Gables, FL

YouMedia Manager, Hartford Public Library,  Hartford, CT

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

LITA Web Course: Getting Started with GIS

Getting Started with GIS

Getting Started with GIS is a three week course modeled on Eva Dodsworth’s LITA Guide of the same name. The course provides an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in libraries. Through hands on exercises, discussions and recorded lectures, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, map making, digitizing, and researching for geospatial data. This three week course provides introductory GIS skills that will prove beneficial in any library or information resource position.

No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary.  Some of the mapping applications covered include:

  • Google Earth and KML Interactive Sampler
  •  Google Maps Engine Light (just released)
  •  BatchGeo
  •  Google Fusion
  •  ArcGIS.com
  •  ArcGIS for Desktop
  •  Quantum GIS

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain the following GIS skills:

  • Knowledge of popular online mapping resources
  • ability to create an online map
  • an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data
  • an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects

 

Instructor

Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library where she is responsible for the provision of leadership and expertise in developing, delivering, and assessing geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the uWaterloo community.  Eva is also an online part-time GIS instructor at a number of Library School programs in North America.

Date(s) & Time(s)

April 21 – May 11, 2014 with asynchronous weekly lectures, tutorials, assignments, and group discussion. There will be one 80 minute lecture to view each week, along with two tutorials and one assignment that will take 1-3 hours to complete, depending on the student.

Fee

  • LITA Member: $135
  • ALA Member: $195
  • Non-member: $260

Moodle login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.

Technical Requirements

A Moodle-developed site will include weekly asynchronous lectures and is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructor.  Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation.

The course web site will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open for 90 days after the end date for students to refer back to course material.

How to Register

Register Online

OR

Contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org or submit print registration form [PDF]

Contact

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or lita@ala.org.

LITA Webinar: Setting a Course for Social Media Success

LITA is offering a webinar All Aboard – The Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success, presented by Mary Anne Hansen, Doralyn Rossmann, Angela Tate, and Scott Young of Montana State University Library, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm CDT on April 2, 2014.

Social media is more than a way to inform users; social media is a powerful way to build community online. Presenters will go beyond the basics by demonstrating how to create a social media guide for developing communities on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.  We will explore data tracking and assessment tools such as ThinkUp, HootSuite, Google Analytics, focus group data, and survey methods. We will also discuss strategies for integrating social media efforts into your organization’s strategic plan and educating peer organizations about best practices.

Participants will take home a template for creating a comprehensive plan for social media usage and assessment, with an emphasis on creating a meaningful voice and a compelling personality.

For registration and additional information, visit the course page.

LITA Preconferences Held at ALA Annual

LITA is offing three full day preconferences at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, all held Friday, June 27 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing with Abigail Goben, University of Illinois, Chicago; Sarah Sheehan, George Mason University; Nathan B. Putnam; University of Maryland. As data continues to come to the fore, new tools are becoming available for librarians to assist faculty and use with their own data. This preconference would focus on the DMPTool and OpenRefine. The DMPTool will be presented to demonstrate customization features, review data management plans, best and worst practices, and writing a data plan for a data set a library may collect. OpenRefine will be demonstrated with sample data to show potential use with library data sets and more of the data lifecycle process; metadata will also be covered.

Practical Linked Data with Open Source with Galen Charlton, Equinox Software; Jodi Schneider, DERI, NUI Galway; Dan Scott, Laurentian University; Richard Urban, Florida State University. Linked Data can improve how libraries share their metadata, harvest it from non-library sources, and build better applications to connect patrons with library resources. However, what does this mean for the daily work of catalogers? This preconference will narrow the gap between theory and practice by presenting the state of the art for Linked Data management in open source integrated library systems and giving participants the chance to try it out.

Web Therapy with Nina McHale, ninermac.net; Christopher Evjy, Jefferson County Library. Having trouble managing your library’s web site? Content in chaos? Platform the pits? Statistics staggering? The doctors are in! In this full-day preconference, we will tackle a number of tough topics to help cure the ills that are keeping your library site from achieving total wellness. Specific topics will be determined by a survey sent in advance to attendees. Enjoy networking and problem solving with fellow web-minded library folks.

How to Register

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 alaannual@compusystems.com. You also have the option of registering for a preconfernce only.

  • Register online through June 20
  • Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084
  • Onsite registration will also be accepted in Las Vegas.

Jobs in Information Technology: March 5

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

Circulation and Systems Librarian,  Kalamazoo College Library, Kalamazoo, MI

Electronic Services Librarian/Information Technology Liaison,  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA

Software Engineer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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

2014 Forum Proposals Due February 24, 2014

The 2014 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 17th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 5-8, 2014.

The 2014 theme, “Transformation: From Node to Network”, reflects the ongoing evolution of libraries from being seen as largely standalone institutions focused on their own locale to being integrated into and within their communities — whether on a local, regional, national, or global level, or on all four.

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, 50-minute concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate.

Proposals could relate to any of the following topics:

  • Cooperation & collaboration
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Researcher information networks
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Large- and small-scale resource sharing
  • User experience & users
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Data driven libraries or related assessment projects
  • Anything else that relates to the conference theme

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology, even if not covered by the above list. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Submit your proposal through http://bit.ly/2014forum by February 24, 2014.

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Please submit your proposal through http://bit.ly/2014forum

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