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LITA is now accepting program proposals for ALA Annual 2014

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2014 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We’re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 90 minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. In 2013, we received roughly 40 proposals, resulting in 20 great LITA programs at the 2013 Annual Conference, all of which came from contributions like yours. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

New ALA Conference Guidelines [June 2012]

  • All divisions are limited to accepting 20 programs each.
  • All programs will be 90 minutes, located in the convention center, and will be recorded.
  • All proposal submissions will need to choose a Conference Track. Please see Appendix A in the Roadmap here ( for more details.
  • Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is using the product. The library/librarian should submit the proposal.

*When/Where is the Conference?*

2014 Annual ALA Conference, Las Vegas, NV: June 26-July 1, 2014

*What kind of topics are we looking for? *

We’re looking for programs that can scale to all library types, inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

Some successful topics in 2013 included Gamifying Your Library; Makerspaces; MOOCs. Some topics we are interested in are: Data Management & Curation; Responsive Web Design; Homegrown Technology Tools.

*When are proposals due? *

August 25, 2013

*How I do submit a proposal? *

Fill out this form

**Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.

*When will I have an answer? *

The committee will be reviewing proposals after August 25; final decisions will be made in September.

*Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA/an IG/a committee?*

No! We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been proposed.

*Got another question?*

Please feel free to email me (PPC chair) ( and the group will figure it out.