Burning Man, Libraries, and the 21st Century

Burning Man, Libraries, and the 21st Century: The Intersection of the Individual and Society Saturday, June 26 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. Washington Convention Center, Room 143 B/C Imagine living in a city where censorship does not exist. Where your First Amendment rights and liberties are not only tolerated but encouraged and celebrated? That culture is created and that society exists in physical form for one week every August in Black Rock Desert, Nevada in the community known as Burning Man. The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is delighted that Larry Harvey, Executive Director of the Burning Man Project, will join Lauren Christos, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, in a lively conversation on how intellectual freedom informs the Burning Man experience and our 21st century society. IFRT envisions that our program will challenge and expand the boundaries of currently held intellectual freedom beliefs. Through the social experiment that is Burning Man,…


LITA Happy Hour MW2010

The Midwinter Happy Hour is set for Friday 15 January 2010 from 5-7 at the Capiz Bar in the Reinassaince Waterfront Hotel. Capiz Bar Inspired by the waterfront, the décor is awash with vibrant hues of blue and gold. At the bar enjoy a perfectly mixed martini, a freshly muddled mojito, classic drinks, local beers and wines and appetizers such as a salumi platter or creamy crab dip. We have the area they call the library reserved for us. Renaissance® Boston Waterfront Hotel 606 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts 02210 617-338-4111


LITA Happy Hour at ala2009

For those of us, like me, who missed it in the LITA Update last week: Friday, July 10, 2009 LITA Happy Hour 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Potter’s Lounge, Palmer House Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks. Cash bar.


LITA Highlights for Annual 2009

Annual Conference Highlights for Those Attending All programs and meetings details LITA BIGWIG gCal Friday Evening with LITA Friday, July 10, 2009 LITA 101: Open House 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Water Tower Place in the Palmer House Hotel LITA Open House is a great opportunity for current and prospective members to talk with Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leaders and learn how to make connections and become more involved in LITA activities. Andrew Pace, LITA President; Donald Lemke, LITA Membership Development Committee Chair; Holly Yu, LITA Interest Group Coordinator; and Scott Muir, LITA Committee Coordinator and many other LITA leaders will be present. (and the reason we all get to annual on Friday night) LITA Happy Hour 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Potter’s Lounge, Palmer House Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively…


"What's happening at Midwinter"

For each conference, ergo biannually, ALA insiders and ALA staff route information about what’s happening in their area(s) of the Association to Mary Ghikas, who attempts to make sense of it all.  The result of all this effort is a ~30 page document deatiling some of the major goings-on at a given conference/meeting. I’ve found these handy since I “discovered” these three or so conferences ago. Midwinter 2009‘s “What’s Happening“document  is now available [PDF].


Special ALA Membership Meeting Called

A special membership town hall meeting has been called for Saturday, January 24th, 2009 from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Colorado Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom. (which is also where ALA Council meets) What library issues are most important to ALA members to share with President Obama?  The ALA Town Hall Meeting will discuss this topic on Saturday, Jan. 24, 3 PM to 4:30 PM, in the Four Seasons Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center. Share your views at the Town Hall Discussion wiki. http://wikis.ala.org/midwinter2009/index.php/Town_Hall_Discussion

General information

Survey from the Task Force on Electronic Membership Participation (TFOEMP)

The ALA Task Force on Electronic Membership Participation (TFOEMP) has been charged with evaluating ALA policy as it relates to members’ ability to engage with and interact with the work of the association through committees and other working groups. A survey of members’ practice and attitudes toward serving on Association committees, task forces, and interests groups at a distance is being undertaken. Through this survey, the TFOEMP hopes to gauge member familiarity, interest, and comfort with various means of participating both synchronously and asynchronously. Please visit this link to respond to the survey. You will be asked to provide your ALA Membership ID. The survey will take 10 minutes and offers both structured and open responses. Member ID numbers will be collected in order to correlate responses in the aggregate to membership participation in divisions, round tables, and committees, as well as by geographic regions and type of library or…