Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) at 2005 ALA Annual Conference

June 24 - 30, 2005


Implementing and Integrating Shibboleth

Friday, June 24, 2005, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel, King Arthur's Court (3rd Floor)
505 N. Michigan Ave.

Shibboleth, a project of Internet2/MACE, is developing architectures, policy structures, practical technologies, and an open source implementation to support inter-institutional sharing of web resources subject to access controls, and to allow inter-operation within the higher education community. This preconference will provide guidance for implementation and integration of Shibboleth into information resource management infrastructures. E-resource providers Dynix, Ex Libris, JSTOR/ArtStor, OCLC, and ProQuest will also explain how their services integrate with Shibboleth.

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Introduction to Web Services

Friday, June 24, 2005, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel, Renaissance Room (5th Floor)
505 N. Michigan Ave.

Introduction to Web Services: Making Applications Play Well Together? Do you think web services means providing access through the Internet? It could, but web services is also a set of technical standards that provides a framework for interoperability. Software application developers, including those in the library space, use web services to define how applications can communicate with each other. In many meetings vendors are talking about implementing a new function or application using web services. Find out what this means and how it might impact the choices available to your library in the future. This program will introduce participants to the standards behind web services, how they have been used by libraries and their vendors, and look at how a specific library has used web services to integrate disparate systems.

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Developing a Culture of Assessment in Library Information Technology Services

Friday, June 24, 2005, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
InterContinental Hotel, Grand Ballroom (7th Floor)
505 N. Michigan Ave.

Just as libraries must demonstrate the impact of their services and outcomes on their parent institution or community, information technology services within the library must be able to do the same. A critical component in making this happen is to adopt a model of continuous services assessment that uses user-centered decision making in order to gather relevant requirements data and information. In 2002 the Information Technology Division of the Northwestern University Library began adopting a continuous assessment model for decision-making and service provisioning. Learn what the forces were that caused us to adopt a culture of assessment, what a culture of assessment is, how our goals and work changed, and how this has led to the adoption of a new method of thinking and supporting services within the Library, and what you can do to get started with this methodology.

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LITA President's Program

Digital Searching to Digital Reading: Helping Users in an Online World

You are cordially invited to the LITA President's program featuring Michael Lesk. The program will take place Sunday, June 26, 2005, 4:00 - 5:00, following the LITA Awards Reception, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Inter-Continental.  Michael Lesk is best known for work in electronic libraries, and the second edition of his book Understanding Digital Libraries was published in December 2004 by Morgan Kaufmann. Michael Lesk has worked in the computer research group at Bell Laboratories. He managed the computer science research group at Bellcore, then joined the NSF as head of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems. In 2002 he joined the Internet Archive and since 2003 has been a Professor in the Library and Information Science Department of Rutgers University. He was recently elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his contributions to UNIX applications, information systems, and digital libraries.

LITA thanks Blackwell's Book Services for their sponsorship of the LITA President's Program and Awards Reception.

LITA Programs at Annual Conference

LITA Happy Hour

The LITA Happy Hour will be held at the Big Bar of the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, on Friday, June 24, 2005, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Hyatt Regency is located at 151 East Wacker Drive, east of Michigan Avenue along the south bank of the Chicago River.