Meet your Board at Annual (including online!)

LITA Board portraint

Back: David Lee King, Rachel Vacek, Jenny Reiswig, Cindi Blyberg, Mary Taylor, Jason Griffey.
Front: Zoe Stewart-Marshall, John Blyberg, Aaron Dobbs, Andromeda Yelton, Lauren Pressley

Hi! We’re the Board, and we’d like to meet you.

Whether you’ll be in Vegas next week or not, there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us, get involved with what LITA’s doing, and tell us how you’d like us to represent you. Here’s your handy list of where we’re likely to be during Annual. Come chat with us!

Social media and Online

Programs and Social Events

LITA Open House
New to LITA? Want to learn more? Start here!

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center S224

Top Tech Trends

LITA Awards Presentation and President’s Program
Featuring Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code!

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center S233

LITA Happy Hour

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Kahunaville in the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd S.

Check out the rest of LITA’s programs at Annual, too.

Board and Committee Meetings

Per the ALA open meeting policy, all meetings are open to all members (though some may have closed portions). You are welcome to attend.

Executive Committee

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 – 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Las Vegas Hotel Conference Room 03
  • Hashtag: #litabd
  • Agenda

All Committees Meeting
Most of LITA’s committees meet during this time slot. If you’re thinking of getting involved and want to learn more, this is a great chance to do so.

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Las Vegas Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Mtg Rm A

LITA Board I

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center S224
  • Hashtag: #litabd
  • Agenda

LITA Board II

  • Monday, June 30, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center N217
  • Hashtag: #litabd
  • Agenda

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Open call to all LITA Members for Blog Editor role

LITA is searching for a savvy manager for its WordPress blog: http://litablog.org.

This is the perfect volunteer opportunity to get more involved with LITA outside of the committee structure.

The blog editor would work independently and collaboratively with the Web Coordinating Committee and Committee Coordinator (Communications) to plan, coordinate, solicit, and publish blog content of interest to the LITA community.

Responsibilities (in coordination with above committees and team you want to pull together):

  • Create policies for blogging and blog content. Tag and categorize existing and future content.
  • Schedule, proofread, and post new content.
  • Coordinate guest posts from content authors.
  • Ensure that the blog remains active and free of spam, and moderate comments as necessary.
  • Moderate comments posted to the blog.

Requirements:

  • Must be a current LITA member.
  • Experience with WordPress.
  • Experience or a strong interest in blogging.
  • Clearly communicate in writing and be proactive in soliciting and planning content.
  • Willingness to commit to a 1-year term.

This position has now been filled. Thanks for your interest!

Jobs in Information Technology: June 11

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

Assistant Coordinator, Book and Serials Holdings Manager, Colorado State University Libraries,  Fort Collins, CO

Program Director, Geospatial Research Support, American University, Washington, DC

UNIX Systems Administrator, University Libraries, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VI

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


Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries [Workshop/Course] Registration Now Open

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries [Workshop/Course]

(Team teaching with MSU research team including: Kenning Arlitsch, Patrick O’Brien, Scott Young, and Jason Clark)

Being found in commercial search engines, like Google, and writing indexable content have largely been on the periphery of library web development practice. In this course/workshop, we will explore the mechanics and principles of acceptable best practices for SEO, identify components that contribute to successful harvesting of library web sites and microsites, and discuss the need to make library content findable in broader online settings. Come learn why SEO is not just “snake oil” and can be an integral part of library marketing and outreach initiatives.

Topics:

web analytics, creating indexable content, understanding search engines, engineering findability, the business case for SEO, distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable SEO

indexable content have largely been on the periphery of library web development practice. In this course/workshop, we will explore the mechanics and principles of acceptable best practices for SEO, identify components that contribute to successful harvesting of library web sites and microsites, and discuss the need to make library content findable in broader online settings. Come learn why SEO is not just “snake oil” and can be an integral part of library marketing and outreach initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the difference between acceptable best practices for SEO and unacceptable SEO.
  2. Learn how bots create the web index for your web sites.
  3. Learn how to apply the basic activities around acceptable best practices for SEO.
  4. Learn how to conduct SEO keyword and topic research
  5. Learn how to set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools to measure SEO success and diagnose SEO problems.
  6. Know how to create a business case for SEO work in your library

Who Should Attend

  • Web developers and System Administrators with some web management experience
  • Any librarian interested in web analytics and building findable content for the web

Course Level & Prerequisites

Participants should know how to use a text editor and a current standard Web Browser. Some basic knowledge of HTML will be helpful

Instructor(s)

Team teaching with MSU research team including: Kenning Arlitsch, Patrick O’Brien, Scott Young, and Jason Clark

Date(s) & Time(s)

10:30 a.m – 12:30  p.m.(CDT)

July 17 – Best Practices and “Why do SEO?” intro

July 18 – Semantic Markup and Structured Data for SEO

July 21 – SEO Analytics

July 23 – Emerging SEO Techniques

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  (membership login is required)

OR

Contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or emailregistration@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.

Sponsor

LITA

 

Jobs in Information Technology: June 4

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

Librarian, Integrated Library Systems (ILS) Specialist, Community College of Allegheny County,  Monroeville, PA

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

Vegas: not just gambling and shows

As many of you may know, I spend a decent amount of time in Vegas every year as a result of covering CES every January. I really enjoy it, but know that it’s not really for some people…and with tens of thousands of librarians descending on Vegas for ALA Annual, it’s likely that a lot of us won’t enjoy the ever-present gambling or the overly-expensive shows that make Vegas so popular. So I thought I’d point out a few things that I really like about Vegas that don’t revolve around the typical Vegas activities.

Thrill Seekers
If you’re a fan of thrill rides, amusement park style, Vegas has a couple of things for you.

  • The Fremont Street Zipline: A zipline that takes you down the length of the original Vegas Strip, Fremont Street. You can fly above the crowd, surrounded by the neon and LEDs of Freemont Street.
  • Thrill Rides at the Stratosphere: On the top of the Stratosphere hotel, you can ride a rollercoaster that takes you over the edge of the 866 foot tall tower, get shot over 1000 feet into the air, or simply jump off the Tower entirely. Whatever level your adrenaline need, this should take care of it.
  • World Largest Observation Wheel: at 550 feet tall, the newly opened Linq High Roller is the largest Ferris Wheel in the world. Each of the “cars” (actually massive observation pods) can hold 40 people, and the trip all the way around takes over half an hour.

Museum Lovers
Vegas has some of the most unusual museums that you will find anywhere, guaranteed.

  • Pinball Hall of Fame: My favorite place in Vegas, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-descript building that has pinball games going back to the 1950s and even earlier, along with modern pinball machines. All the machines are 25-50 cents, and all are playable. The museum is a non-profit, and dedicated to just giving people the opportunity to experience these games as they were designed to be played. Fantastic place, and I highly recommend if you are even remotely into pinball.
  • The Neon Museum: More of a graveyard than museum, still a fascinating look at the art of the neon sign from Vegas past. Beautiful and if you love design and typography, you can take enough pics here for inspiration the rest of your life.
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum: Just what it says on the tin, a museum that is dedicated to the nuclear programs that took place in the desert southwest. Another of my favorite Vegas museums, it’s incredibly well done and full of cool exhibits.

Other Things to See or Do
Here’s a few very random suggestions for other activities. :-)

Other tips for a positive Annual experience: Use the monorail to get around, remember that everything is much farther apart than you think (just navigating the casino inside the hotels can take 10-15 minutes), and be careful in the heat. Have a great time, and I hope to see you in Vegas!

2014 Scholarships Winners

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the winners of annual scholarships it sponsors jointly with three organizations:  Baker & Taylor,  LSSI and OCLC.   These scholarships are for master’s level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association.

This year’s winner of the LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by Baker & Taylor is Adriana Rissetto Puckett, who will pursue her studies at    Florida State University.  The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship ($2,500) winner is Jason N. Toms. Jason will pursue his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.   Olivia Dorsey, the winner of the LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship ($3,000), will pursue her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Criteria for the scholarships include previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology.  Two of the scholarships, the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship and LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship, also require U.S Citizenship and membership in one of four minority groups:  American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic.

The Scholarship winners will be honored at the LITA Awards Presentation, which will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, 3:00 pm in Las Vegas, NV at the Las Vegas Convention Center in S233.

About LITA

Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of over 3,000 systems librarians , library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.

For more information, visit www.lita.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jobs in Information Technology: May 28

 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

Head of Knowledge Management, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle ,IL

Library Project Manager, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Supervising Programmer/Analyst, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

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

Jobs in Information Technology: May 21

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

Foster Communications Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Libraries, PA

Manager, Information Technology, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Metadata Strategist, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries,  University Park, PA

Software Engineer, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, MA

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

LITA Preconferences at the ALA Annual Conference

 LITA Preconferences at the ALA Annual Conference

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is pleased to present three exciting preconferences at the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 27, 8:30am – 4:00pm.  You won’t want to miss these – reserve your seat today!

 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.

Event code: LIT1

Practical Linked Data with Open Source

Presenters: Galen Charlton, Equinox Software; Jodi Schneider, ERCIM Marie Curie Fellow, Inria Research Centre, Sophia Antipolis, France; Dan Scott, Laurentian University; Richard Urban, Florida State University; Richard Wallis, OCLC;  Kevin Ford. Library of Congress

Sponsored by: Linked Library Data Interest Group (LITA / ALCTS)

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.

Event code: LIT2

Web Therapy

Presenters: Nina McHale, ninermac.net; Christopher Evjy, Jefferson County Library

“Our LibGuides are totally out of control! How do we reign them in?”

“I was put in charge of our Drupal site when a colleague left the organization. How do I find time to manage it well in addition to my normal work?”

“Our Board wants web statistics, but I don’t know what reports to provide in a way that will make sense and tell them objectively what they want to know. Help!”

“Campus IT won’t let us install a CMS; how are we supposed to develop a robust library web site for our students and faculty?”

Do any of these scenarios sound painfully familiar to you? Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone! If you are headed to Las Vegas for ALA in June, come join Chris Evjy (Jefferson County Public Library) and Nina McHale (Colorado State Library) and others who work on or manage library web sites for some Web Therapy!

Bring your web woes to the table–specific topics will be determined by a survey sent in advance to attendees–and we’ll put our 20+ years of combined experience managing public, academic, and special library web sites to work to develop solutions.

Free hugs!

Event code: LIT3

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 preconference only.

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

 

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