LITA Preconferences Available at ALA Annual

There is still time to register for one of three LITA workshops, held Friday, June 25 in DC. Plus, you can take advantage of ALA Advanced Registration rates through May 14. Register Now!

Migrating to open source library systems
Speakers: Terry Reese, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University; David Lindahl, Web Initiatives Manager, University of Rochester; Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
A number of libraries have successfully migrated to open source ILSs and digital repository systems such as Duraspace, Evergreen, and Koha. But how did they get from point A to point B? During the pre-conference, members of the LITA Open Source Software Interest Group and invited speakers will share practical tips and tricks for performing migrations and managing the migration process.

Open Source CMS Playroom
Speakers: Karen A. Coombs, Product Manager for Developer Network, OCLC; Amanda Hollister, Web Applications Specialist, LISHost
Open source content management systems present an opportunity for libraries to distribute content creation and maintenance and add Web 2.0 features to library websites. This workshop will provide an overview of several content management systems, compare and contrast system functionality and features, and demonstrate how open source CMSs can be used to enhance library websites. Bring your laptop to explore and compare basic installations of WordPress, Joomla, Silverstripe, and Drupal CMSs.

LibGuides Interface Customization
Speakers: Jenny Brandon, Web Designer/Reference Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries; Kelly Sattler, Head of Web Services, Michigan State University Libraries; Christine Tobias, Reference and Technology Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
LibGuides is a hosted content management system that enables libraries to post subject guides, course guides, information portals, etc. to the web. The LibGuides template allows administrators to upload a banner, and to choose from a limited selection of colors, tabs, and borders. This hands-on workshop will provide instructions on how to further customize the LibGuides interface by adding custom header/footer code, and using CSS to create a unique look for your LibGuides site.

More LITA events at Annual

How to Register for a Preconference

  • Register to attend Annual Conference; add a preconference in the “Your Events” section.
  • Already registered for Annual Conference?
    Add a preconference to your existing Annual Conference registration by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 or accessing your registration online; add events in the “Your Events” section then check out and pay only for the events you’ve added.
  • Would you like to attend a preconference without attending Annual?
    You do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a preconference. To register only for a preconference using the online form; in section 4 “Registration Type,” select “Preconference and Special Events Only” then select the preconference in section 7 “Your Events.” When you check out, you will pay only for the preconference. You can also fill out a registration form. On page 6, skip Section I and complete Section II “Other Events.” Return by fax to 1-800-521-6017 or mail: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters 568 Atrium Dr. Vernon Hills, IL 60061

One comment

  1. Peg Rack

    my local library uses the Duraspace, I would think eventually this could save libraries and unmanageable amount of money in the long run just imagine being able to download a book and read it no more shipping books between libraries no more having to restock the books no more damage books.

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