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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,; 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



  •  LITA Member $235
  •  ALA Member $350
  •  Non-Member $380


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 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.