2004 LITA President's Program

Please plan to join us for the LITA President's Program in Orlando, FL, on Monday, June 28, 2004 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the Renaissance Orlando Resort Seaworld, Crystal Ballroom D/E.

IT's A Small World After All

The International Children's Digital Library is a large-scale digital archive of literature for children ages three to thirteen. It is being built by the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab, a leader in children's interface design, and The Internet Archive. Faculty from the College of Information Studies and the Computer Science Department are collaborating to create a digitized children's library that will grow to over 10,000 books available in 100 languages.


Dr. Benjamin B. Bederson

Dr. Benjamin B. Bederson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His work is on information visualization, interaction strategies, collaborative applications, and digital libraries. He completed his Ph.D. in 1992 and his M.S. in 1989 at New York University in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Computer Science. He graduated with a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986. From 1990-1992, he was a research scientist at Vision Applications, Inc. working on miniature robotics and computer vision. Dr. Bederson worked as a research scientist at Bellcore in the Computer Graphics and Interactive Media research group, and as a visitor at the New York University Media Research Laboratory in 1993 and 1994. From 1994-1997, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Allison Druin

Dr. Allison Druin is an Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies and is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. For the past five years, she has led interdisciplinary teams of researchers and children to develop and evaluate new technologies for children's information access and use. Over the last two years, she has been the project leader of the International Children's Digital Library. Most recently she was nominated by President Geroge W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a Commissioner in the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She received her M.S. from the MIT Media Lab in 1987, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico's College of Education in 1997.

Dr. Ann Weeks

Ann Carlson Weeks is Professor of the Practice in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she teaches school library media program administration. She is also a Principal Investigator on the research team that is creating the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL). Prior to her move to academia, she was Director of Libraries and Information Services for the Chicago Public Schools from 1996-2000. From 1982-1996, she was on the staff of the American Library Association, where she served as Executive Director of the three youth divisions and was coordinator for the National Library Power Program, a major initiative of the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. She currently serves on the Council of the American Library Association and is a member of the Association’s Committee on Accreditation. Her primary area of research in the ICDL project focuses on the use of the collection by children, classroom teachers, and school and public librarians.

LITA Awards

The presentation of LITA Awards will precede the program. The President's Reception will follow in Renaissance Orlando Resort Seaworld, Crystal Ballroom A/B.

Sponsors of LITA President' Program & Reception

LITA would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the LITA President's Program and Reception:


Blackwell's Book Services


Ex Libris, Inc.


Adobe Systems Incorporated