LITA at 2010 ALA Annual Conference

Complete Schedule with Locations and Rooms 

LITA Preconferences: Friday, June 25 

Migrating to open source library systems

9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Hilton, Monroe

Speakers: Terry Reese, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University; David Lindahl, Web Initiatives Manager, University of Rochester; Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington

A number of libraries have successfully migrated to open source ILSs and digital repository systems such as Duraspace, Evergreen, and Koha.  But how did they get from point A to point B?  During the pre-conference, members of the LITA Open Source Software Interest Group and invited speakers will share practical tips and tricks for performing migrations and managing the migration process.

LITA Member $235
ALA Member $350
Non-Member $380

Open Source CMS Playroom

9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Hilton, Embassy

Speakers: Karen A. Coombs, Product Manager for Developer Network, OCLC; Amanda Hollister, Web Applications Specialist, LISHost

Open source content management systems present an opportunity for libraries to distribute content creation and maintenance and add Web 2.0 features to library websites. This workshop will provide an overview of several content management systems, compare and contrast system functionality and features, and demonstrate how open source CMSs can be used to enhance library websites. Bring your laptop to explore and compare basic installations of WordPress, Joomla, Silverstripe, and Drupal CMSs.

LITA Member $235
ALA Member $350
Non-Member $380

LibGuides Interface Customization

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hilton, Cabinet

Speakers:  Jenny Brandon, Web Designer/Reference Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries; Kelly Sattler, Head of Web Services, Michigan State University Libraries; Christine Tobias, Reference and Technology Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

LibGuides is a hosted content management system that enables libraries to post subject guides, course guides, information portals, etc. to the web. The LibGuides template allows administrators to upload a banner, and to choose from a limited selection of colors, tabs, and borders.  This hands-on workshop will provide instructions on how to further customize the LibGuides interface by adding custom header/footer code, and using CSS to create a unique look for your LibGuides site.

LITA Member $205
ALA Member $320
Non-Member $350


  • You do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a workshop. To register only for a workshop using the online form; in section "Registration Type," select "Institutes and Ticketed Events Only" then select the workshop in section "Your Events." When you check out, you will pay only for the workshop.
  • You can also fill out this form:, skip Section I, and return by fax to 1-800-521-6017 or mail:
    ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters
    568 Atrium Dr.
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
  • You may also add a workshop to your existing Annual Conference registration by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 or accessing your registration online; add events in the "Your Events" section then check out and pay for the events you've added.


Friday Evening with LITA:  June 25, 2010

LITA 101: Open House

Hilton, Jefferson West, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

LITA Open House is a great opportunity for current and prospective members to talk with Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leaders and learn how to make connections and become more involved in LITA activities.
Michelle Frisque, LITA President; Donald Lemke, LITA Membership Development Committee Chair; Holly Yu, LITA Committee Coordinator; and Aaron Dobbs, LITA Interest Group Coordinator will be present.

LITA Happy Hour

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Renaissance Downtown, Lobby Bar, 999 9th Street Northwest

Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks. Cash Bar.

Eats with LITA

Want to get to know more about LITA?  Can't attend Open House or Happy Hour?  Join us for a no-host dinner on Thursday 24 June at 7:00 or Friday following Happy Hour at 8:00 on 25 June. 
Thursday: Acadiana - 7.00 pm Creole/Cajun
Friday: TenPenh - 8.30 Pan Asian

For more information or to reserve your spot contact Membership Development Committee Chair, Don Lemke


Sunday Afternoon with LITA:  June 27, 2010

Top Technology Trends

Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This program features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library  technology by a panel of LITA technology experts. The panelists will describe changes and advances in  technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to  take advantage of these trends.

LITA Awards and Scholarships Reception

Washington Convention Center, 209-C, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

Presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships.

LITA President's Program: Four or More: The New Demographic

Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Trends in social media and cloud computing are often examined through the lens of younger users and broadband users, who have consistently been more actively engaged online when compared with other groups. This presentation highlights a new leading edge group that deserves the same attention: those who own four or more internet-connected devices. Those interested in how a future of “internet everywhere” might look should get to know this exceptionally connected early adopter group.
Speakers: Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project