NGCIG Meeting at Annual: Next Steps in Next Generation Catalogs

The LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group will meet on Monday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. – Noon. Anaheim Convention Center, 213 C We will have presentations and discussion about two examples of recent next generation catalog endeavors. Karen Schneider (Evangelist for Equinox’s Evergreen support) will share what she does as an Evangelist by giving some real world, grounded information on how “Running a Free and Open Source Software ILS does Not Equate to a Tightrope Act with No Net”. Sara Davidson and Amy Kautzman (Members of UC/OCLC Pilot Implementation Team) will present “Launching a Next-Generation Consortial Catalog”. What can you produce when you bring together 10 University of California campuses, the California Digital Library (CDL), an existing union catalog, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), multiple task groups and the efforts of numerous individuals? In our case, the result is the Next-Generation Melvyl pilot which draws together content from UC’s existing…


Official Call for LITA Bloggers at ALA Annual

The ALA Annual Conference is just a few short weeks away, and we are again looking for volunteers to post brief summaries of LITA-sponsored sessions on the LITA Blog (http://litablog.org).  While you’re visiting Anaheim to learn, meet up with old friends, and engage in discussion about the newest new things in library technology, why not take this opportunity to share this experience with others? A current Blog Schedule can be found at http://litablog.org/blog-schedule-ala-annual-2008.  We would like to cover as many of the sessions as possible, so please feel free to pick one (or ten) and join the LITA Blogging Community. If you are interested, just contact me at tiffany dot lmb dot smith at gmail dot com with your name, e-mail and the sessions you would like to cover.  I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks very much in advance!


gCalendar of LITA events at Annual 2008

A while back, BIGWIG started up Your BIGWIG as a place to collaboratively do stuff.  One of the resources on Your BIGWIG is an embedded gCal. One day, in a spirit of “too much stuff to do, so I’ll do something completely unrelated instead” I populated this calendar with all the LITA events I could find for ALA Annual in Anaheim.  If you’re frustrated, as many are, with the ALA Event Planner, feel free to save events from this calendar into your own (trust me, this is *much* easier than the Event Planner for LITA events) Por su servico…

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First Days on the Job as LITA President

The ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans was an awe-inspiring experience on many levels. I was so overwhelmed by the gratitude of the New Orleaneans who could not have done a better job of making the 16,000+ visitors comfortable. New Orleans has a huge struggle ahead as the recovery has only begun. ALA set the example to the world that we believe in the city and want to help as much as possible in its recovery. Librarians not only helped economically by coming to the city, but many donated time and energy through volunteer service. I am proud to have attended the conference and even prouder that ALA chose to keep the conference in New Orleans. I began my LITA Presidency at the end of the day on Tuesday, June 27. I want to thank Pat Mullin for all he did in the past year as President. He has been…


Incoming ALA Committee Chair Orientation

Incoming ALA Committee Chair Orientation Hilton N. O. Riverside — Napoleon BR Thursday 6/22/06 Put on by ALA OTLD with a very nice buffet. Not very many new ALA committee chairs were able to make it, which is too bad as the food was good and the ideas shared were good (some common sense, others insightful). The ALA Parliamentarian, Eli Mena, presented tips on meeting process and conflict avoidance/deflection/resolution. A lot of common sense, all really good to remember, and great soundbytes – including: “Committee work should be like a canoe…” For details see: Annual 06 – Incoming ALA Committee Chair Orientation Not sure about the potential faux pas I’m possibly committing (self-link love); but double posting the content seems silly.


Welcome to the LITA Blog Room (MCC 274)

Ran into the MCC staff who set up the room this morning on arrival. Nice pair of competent geeks, I approve. I’ve been mentioning the existence of the room to folks at programs and meetings already, watchout, we may see some Martians (RUSA–MARS) and NMRT folks or maybe more, since Michelle said she was Word-of-Mouthing the room as well. Anywho, drop a note when you get here – or leave a question, Enquiring minds want to know! –Aaron :-)’


ETIG Program in the Big Easy: Audio Book 3.0 – The convergence of the mobile media lifestyle platform

This program will be held on Monday, June 26 from 8:00AM – 11AM in Rooms 340-341 at the (MCC) Morial Convention Center. ————————————————————————————————— Please Forward to anyone you know will be attending and would have an interest in this program!!! ————————————————————————————————— Please join the LITA Emerging Technology Interest Group for a product presentations, a panel discussion and an interactive question and answer session. The session title. Audio Book 3.0 – The convergence of the mobile media lifestyle platform. ( Please note this title on the program differs slightly, being named Ebook 3.0… While there will be a number of issues raised in the session regarding the way audio books and ebooks are also converging my original focus on ebooks 3.0 appears to be “bleeding edge” at this point and not just yet fully emerging. After extensive discussions with Sony, Apple, iRex and many others the newest push for eInk based…