LITA Preconferences at 2004 ALA Annual Conference

Friday, June 25, 2004

CIPA: Internet Filtering Using Open Source

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Renaissance Orlando Resort Seaworld, Crystal Ballroom D

The focus of this program is to demonstrate the installation of filtering solutions, in the light of the CIPA rules. While many commercial software solutions are readily available, there are also open-source and free versions that are effective and can be customized to the specification of each of the libraries. This program will show the technical aspects of the open-sources filtering software capabilities, and how to use the products.  Speaker: Cindy Murdock, Network Administrator, Meadville Public Library, Meadville, PA.

Presented by: LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group; Co-Sponsorship:  PLA

Usability Issues in Metasearch Interface Design

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 1:30 p.m.

Renaissance Orlando Resort Seaworld, Crystal Ballroom E

A discussion of some of the user interface issues that are specific to the world of metasearch, including resource discovery, displaying different data formats in a single display, relevance ranking, presenting merged records in a understandable format, etc.  The preconference will address issues of concern common to the library community in general, but will be geared toward members currently or soon to be dealing with implmentation at their won organizations.  Speakers:  Brenda Bailey-Hainer, Director of Networking and Resource Sharing, Colorado State Library; Stanley Wilder, Assoc. Dean, River Campus Libraries, Univ. of Rochester; Oliver Pesch, Chief Architect, EBSCO Publishing; Ezra Schwartz, President, Art & Tech. Inc.

Presented by: LITA Program Planning Committee

Portals in Libraries: A Symposium

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Renaissance Orlando Resort Seaworld, Crystal Ballroom C

Portals are transformational environments which address the problem of information glut by customizing information content to meet end-user needs.  Libraries of all types are planning services they call portals.  This preconference's mission is to enhance the importance of portals for libraries  Participants will depart with a good understanding of portal implementations issues, observe best practices, learn about standards, interoperability issues, identity management and more.  Speakers:  Howard Strauss, Princeton University; Kathy Scardellato, Toronto Public Library; Hugh Jarvis, Gemma DeVinny, Univ. of Buffalo; Roy Tennant, CDL; Art Rhyno, Univ. of Windsor; Eric Lease Morgan, Univ. of Notre Dame.

Presented by: LITA Internet Portals Interest Group

LITA thanks auto-graphics for their support of these preconferences.