Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) Interest Group


To provide a forum and support network for those individuals with administrative responsibility for computing and technology in a library setting. Programs and discussions will explore issues of planning and implementation, management and organization, support, technology leadership, and other areas of interest to library technology managers and administration.


Edward L. Sanchez (Chair, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011)
Melissa Prentice (Liaison, July 1, 2010, to March 10, 2014)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to May 1, 2015)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2010. Last retrieved on 07/21/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


Interest groups are self-initiated and not appointed by LITA officers.  Membership consists of any number of participants and is open to LITA members.  The leadership of each group is selected by the group.

Conference Activities

Midwinter 2015

HoLT IG meeting at ALA Midwinter 2015  will start with regular updates as well as upcoming event in the ALA annual followed by the following three presentations
Digital Preservation: Institutional Limitations and Solutions (15 minutes)
Patrick Roth, Grand Valley State University
There can be many roadblocks to starting a digital preservation program. These can include money, infrastructure, and staffing. In GVSUs case it was lack of infrastructure and lack of staff time. These limitations limited the solutions that we would be able to implement. This presentation will give a quick overview of the situation GVSU found itself in when it was decided to start a digital preservation program, how we decided on a preservation system, where we are today, and future plans.
Implementing a library reading list tool in a Learning Management System (LMS)  (15 minutes)
Eric Frierson,  EBSCO Information Services
Digital textbooks, social media, video content. It seems as if instructors are moving everything into online and hybrid classrooms except for the resources of the library! How can librarians bring the world of quality databases, eBooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system easily and directly into the online learning environment? This presentation will showcase how a discovery plug-in for learning management systems (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Sakai, Canvas) adds unprecedented functionality for online course instructors: the ability to create reading lists of library materials without ever having to leave the course site. The plug-in allows instructors to create library reading lists without grappling with permalinks, proxy prefixes, or PDFs, leveraging the value of the library discovery system in a frictionless environment.
Standardizing Web Analytics (15 minutes)
Robert Nunez,  Marquette University
Description: Using a combination of Google tools, the Marquette Libraries has been able to standardize their web analytics across multiple web platforms. Making it easier to interpret, analyze, and visualize the information provided within Google Universal Analytics. This presentation will take a quick look at Google Tag manager, how it can be used by non-developers, and how we have used the initial sets of data to make changes to the website.


The Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) Interest Group was established in 2001.  It was renewed in 2004 and 2009.  To contribute information about the history of this interest group, contact LITA's Web Coordinating Committee at litaweb@ala.org.

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Interest groups are open to all LITA members.  Conference attendance is not required.  To join a group, contact the chair, attend meetings, and get involved with their activities and discussions.  See contact information in the above roster by logging into the site and clicking your browser refresh button.  If you need help, contact the LITA office at lita@ala.org.