LITA Programs & Meetings at 2010 ALA Annual Conference

Hotel Abbreviations: 

  • Washington Convention Center – WCC
  • Beacon Hotel – BEAC
  • Capital Hilton – CAP
  • Doubletree Hotel – DOUB
  • Embassy Suites Convention Center – EMB
  • Four Points by Sheraton – FOUR
  • Grand Hyatt Washington – GRAND
  • Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel – HAM
  • Hilton Washington – HIL
  • Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill- HYATT
  • JW Marriott Hotel – JW
  • Madison – MAD
  • The Mayflower Renaissance – MAY
  • Marriott at Metro Center – MET
  • Washington Plaza – PLAZA
  • Renaissance Washington – REN
  • Washington Marriott – WASH
  • Westin City Center – WEST 


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Open Source CMS Playroom

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

Migrating to open source library systems

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 OSS IG and invited speakers will share practical tips and tricks for performing migrations and managing the migration process.
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

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LibGuides Interface Customization

LibGuides is a hosted content management system for posting subject guides, course guides, information portals, etc. to the web. The basic LibGuides display options for colors and styles are limited. This workshop goes beyond the basic options, and will provide techniques for customizing the LibGuides interface by using CSS and adding custom headers and footers.  Using these techniques, it is possible to customize the interface to create a unique look for your LibGuides site
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

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Membership Committee


Executive Committee


4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Electronic Resources Management Interest Group


LITA 101: Open House

HIL-Jefferson West
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.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Joint Committee Chairs and Interest Groups Chairs Meeting

WCC-149 A/B

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Committee Chairs Meeting

WCC-149 A/B Cte 1

Interest Group Chairs Meeting

WCC-149 A/B Cte 2

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Board of Directors Meeting I


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cloud computing for library services

This session will discuss how libraries can use cloud computing resources to deliver innovative, cost-effective, and scalable services. The session will include two panel discussions and participant lightning round.  The panel discussions will focus on trends, uses, and case studies of cloud computing in library environments.  Panel presenters include both library and IT industry experts. A call for lightning round participants will be issued at a later date.Speakers: Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research; Chris Tonjes, Director of Information Technology, District of Columbia Government; Leslie Johnston, Library of Congress, Digital Media Project Coordinator

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rich Internet Applications for Libraries

Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) allow the opportunity to design engaging user experiences that can be deployed across browsers and desktops. Learn about the benefits of using RIAs; the different technologies available for creating RIAs such as Adobe Flex; the questions to explore when evaluating RIA technologies; some of the challenges and trade-offs in developing RIAs; and see examples of applications developed for libraries.

Technology and the Developing World:  Public Policy

Discussion on successes, pitfalls and challenges to integrating and bringing technology to the developing world.  This session will focus on policy issues and ways in which different groups have succeeded and failed in being able to work with and around governments to provide technology and educational services to institutions and individuals living in the poorest nations in the world. Presented by LITA International Relations Committee.

Developing a Sustainable Digitization Workflow

Digital library projects often require the skills of graphic designers, programmers, personnel managers, metadata specialists, workflow managers, computer technicians, and system administrators, but digital libraries are not usually able to hire such specialists. How do they come up with solutions for their projects? Are these solutions employee-specific, or are they sustainable? A panel will discuss how they manage to keep workflow moving forward while overcoming these challenges, providing concrete examples of management strategies. Presented by LITA Digital Library Technology IG.

MARBI (Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information) I

Hyatt-Yorktown/Valley Forge

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

What Is Your Library Doing about Emerging Technologies?

A new job title of “Emerging Technology Librarian” seems to reflect an awareness among today’s libraries that there is a need for a librarians whose main role is to explore, evaluate, promote, and implement various emerging technologies. In a panel discussion, we will discuss how today’s libraries approach emerging technologies from managers’ technology librarians’ and technologists’ perspectives. In addition, the panel will also discuss effective strategies for evaluating and assessing emerging technologies used in teaching, learning, and research activities. Presented by LITA Emerging Technologies IG. 

JPEG2000 Interest Group

HIL-Gunston East
The JPEG2000 Interest Group will be having an unmoderated discussion and information sharing session. Likely topics include the recently released djatoka server-side JPEG2000 rendering toolkit and the concept of “visually lossless” compression.

Drupal Interest Group

The Drupal Interest Group provides a forum and support network for people who are currently using or who are planning to us the Drupal Content Management System.  The meeting at the Annual Conference will be an open forum for all topics related to Drupal.

Education Committee


Web Coordinating Committee


1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Free Software - Now What?

Do the options for free software overwhelm you? Are you confused about where to go and which is the best? Well come to this presentation to find out some answers to your questions.  We'll cover the reviews, places to download and find alternatives to photo editing, online collaboration, screen capture and more!  Programs covered will be online based and mostly PC.
Speakers: Andrew Shuping, Learning Commons/Emerging Technologies/Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Science Fiction and Fantasy: Informing the Present by Imagining the Future

WCC-Ballroom B
Distinguished science fiction and fantasy authors will discuss the visionary nature of their craft, how speculative literature suggests new ideas and technologies, and the possible impact the ideas could have on society in the future. Presented by LITA Imagineering IG.
Speakers: Cory Doctorow, Author; Brandon Sanderson, Author; Jane Lindskold, Author; Cherie Priest, Author; Dom Testa, Author

Supporting the Next Generation of Public Computing

HIL-Columbia 5
How will already strained Wi-Fi, network, and bandwidth resources handle more users bringing in mobile devices and libraries exploring the use and expansion of Netbooks and mobile computing?  Expert panelist will discuss and take questions related to successful projects including loaning mobile devices, expanding Wi-Fi infrastructure, and increasing bandwidth of Internet connections.  How to finance these projects will also be discussed.  Panelists will also be available at the Monday morning "Coffee and Conversation with Experts" program to discuss their experiences further. Presented by LITA Public Libraries Technology IG.

Assessment and Research Committee


National Forum Planning Committee 2010


RFID Interest Group


Blog and Wiki Interest Group (BIGWIG)

Interested in social software or the use of new technologies in Libraries? Come join the LITA BIGWIG interest group, we will be discussing upcoming activities and how we might drive forward change within both LITA and ALA through experimenting with new and emerging technologies. We will also deal with necessary administrative necessities like how to hand over responsibilities for the LITA Blog, the details of this year's Social Software Showcase, and as always, the election of new officers.

MARC Format Interest Group



8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Bylaws and Organization Committee


International Relations Committee


Cataloging and Beyond:  Publishing for the Year of Cataloging and Metadata Research

Come hear the experts share research ideas for meeting the challenges of a new decade in cataloging, cataloging standards, and online catalog design.  Panel members will reflect on how 2010, the Year of Cataloging and Metadata Research, can jump start a new era in research in bibliographic control for catalogs, cataloging, and beyond.

National Forum Planning Committee 2011


Digital Library Technology Interest Group

Digital Library Workflow Systems. Digital library projects often require the skills of specialists and technicians, but are not always able to hire at all levels of the workflow. Do successful digital libraries have in-house management systems? Resources that are covered by vendors? Developers? Staff? Or a combination of resources? Members of a panel discuss digital workflow systems that they have developed or used to keep things moving forward in their respective digital library environments.

Technology and Access Committee

HIL-Oak Lawn

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Playtime in the Open Source Sandbox

This session will present the value of "playing around" in a development sandbox. It will show how easy (and cheap) it was to use a portable localhost server and free, open source software (e.g., xampp, Drupal, Gimp, Amaya) to redesign the American Libraries website (launched winter 2009/10), circumventing committees, RFPs, etc. to use an iterative method of development. In addition, we will show how a similar sandbox environment can be used for Koha and OS discovery layers.
Speakers: Sean Fitzpatrick, ALA, Associate Editor, American Libraries

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Program Planning Committee


Designing Digital Experiences for Library Websites

There is a revolution occurring on the Web. New technology tools and techniques are changing the way users think about and interact with the Websites they frequent. Businesses that recognize the radical shift in customer expectations know that "usability" isn't enough any more; they are increasingly obsessed with building Websites and applications that deliver great user experiences. Panelists will explain the concepts behind designing experiences on the Web, and then answer questions.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Building a Support Infrastructure for an Open-Source ILS

Going with the open-source product as your ILS was a gutsy move. Now, you have to grapple with the cost-transference that just occurred: the organization has changed during the and will need to change even more to make it a viable, long-term solution. This presentation will show how the balance of support and expertise should evolve so that you can utilize your new ILS for the benefit of all stakeholders. It will cover the troubleshooting approach, project plans, roles and responsibilities and branding questions that should be asked throughout the product life cycle.

MODS and MADS: Current implementations and future directions

This program will include examples of current implementations of MODS/MADS, future directions (including how a 4.0 version might work better at the network level), and its relation to other metadata standards. This program is intended to elicit feedback and discussion with the community.

Internet Resources and Services Interest Group

HIL-Columbia 10
After our short business meeting, we will be discussing open source communication tools, as a prelude to the Ultimate Debate about open source software.  All are welcome to attend.  Please consider bring ongoing projects to share with the group.

Publications Committee


Head of Library Technology Interest Group

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

Mobile Computing Interest Group

We will discuss programming possibilities for future conferences and have a series of lightning talks by group members describing strategies, successes, and tales of woe in addressing delivery of information and services to mobile devices.

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

MARBI (Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information) II

HYATT-Regency A

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Top Technology Trends

WCC-Ballroom B
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.

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Authorized Genre, Forms and Facets in RDA

Developments with RDA and Next Generation catalogs impacts the use of authorized terms, which in turn must influence the structure of authority terms and records. Presenters will report on developments in several areas. Particular focus will be on the LC Genre/Form projects and issues. A key issue in the Genre/Form project is the use and manipulation of faceted headings. The need for properly linking qualifying information to both topical and genre terms will be considered. Presented by LITA/ALCTS Authority Control IG. Business Meeting to follow.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Awards and Scholarships Reception

Presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships: Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, LITA/Library Hi Tech Award For Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science, LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology, LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology, LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

WCC-Ballroom B
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, Pew Internet & American Life Project, Senior Research Specialist

Standards Interest Group

HIL-Columbia 1


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Emerging Technologies Interest Group


Standards Task Force


Accessibility Interest Group

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington DC
2nd floor in the East Lobby and room 215, the Adaptive Services Division

Our first meeting would be a joint discussion forum with ACRL Universal Accessibility and ASCLA Academic Libraries Accessibility and Disability Discussion Group (ALAD). The discussion forum is hosted by DC Public Library Adaptive Services Division and they also invited experts from the AccessibilityDC Meetup and the Adaptive Services Interest Group to join the discussion.Topics discussed including library accessibility issues, such as web accessibility, assistive technology, networking assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities, and captioning. All are welcome to attend and share their accessibility-related expertise and experience.

Coffee and Conversation with Experts

Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea at topic tables hosted by library technology experts. Find out what others are doing with technology, what's worked for them, and what hasn't. Hop from table to table or start your own. Experts will be available from Saturday's "The Next Generation of Supporting Public Computing" program in addition to others.  Topics will include: mobile devices, Wi-Fi, broadband, roving and virtual reference, and social media. Coffee sponsored by Evanced Solutions, Inc. General business meeting will follow. Presented by LITA Public Libraries Technology IG.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Information Technology and Libraries Editorial Board


Bylaws and Organization Committee


BIGWIG Showcase

REN-Grand BR South/Central
The BIGWIG Showcase covers current and emerging topics related to social software, emerging technology and their application in libraries. It aims to mix up the traditional presentation format by allowing presenters to post their talks online before the conference, then during the showcase provide only a brief overview so that most time can be spent engaging participants in small group discussions on each topic. Please join us,and bring your own insights!

Science Fiction: Past, Present, Future

Explore the genre of science fiction.  James Gunn, a noted writer and scholar, will give an overview of where the genre of science fiction has been.  Futurist Cory Doctorow will look at where it is going. A librarian will show how the genre can be used in libraries today. Presented by LITA Imagineering IG. Speakers: Cory Doctorow, Author; James Gunn, Author

Emerging Technologies: Virtualization in Libraries

A panel presentation on the use of virtualization technologies in large research, mid-size, and public libraries to reduce costs and staffing, improve reliability and security, and contribute to green initiatives.  Speakers will represent a variety of backgrounds and types of libraries and will describe how virtualization in their setting is related to other emerging technologies such as cloud computing and identity management.  Following the panel presentation, time will be available for questions and discussion. Presented by LITA Heads of Library Technology IG.
Speakers: Dave Pcolar, Systems Specialist for University Libraries, UNC Chapel Hill; Stu Baker, Associate University Librarian for Library Technology, Northwestern Univeristy; Matthew Hamilton, Library Innovation and Technology Manager , Boulder Public Library

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Ultimate Debate:  Open Source Software, Free Beer or Free Puppy?

The Ultimate Debate returns for the fifth straight year with a heated discussion of over the merits of open source software versus proprietary products.The three fiery speakers are Marshall Breeding from Vanderbilt University, Stephen Abram from Gale Cengage, and Karen Schneider from Holy Names University. Moderator Roy Tennant from OCLC will do his best to keep the peace. No free beer or puppies will be provided. Presented by LITA Internet Resources and Services IG.
Speakers: Stephen Abram, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Markets, Gale/Cengage; Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research; Karen Schneider, Holy Names University, Director, Cushing Library

Next Generation Catalog Interest Group

HIL-Columbia 8
You've found it, now what?! Extended Services in Next Generations Catalogs. Discovery is not the only problem to be solved.  Patrons need other services and ools to use the information they find, such as assisting users with capturing, storing, manipulating, and sharing information. There will be presentations and discussion on a variety of extended applications to the catalog, such as the Social Online Public Access Catalog (SOPAC).  A brief IG business meeting will precede the presentations.

Library Consortia and Systems Interest Group

The Library Consortia and Systems Interest Group will be hosting a user-driven, open topic discussion during our Annual meeting.  Topics in the past have included OPAC and ILS issues, Web 2.0, open source solutions, ERM Systems, digital repositories, and many other aspects of library technology as applied in a consortia environment.

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Board of Directors Meeting II

WCC-149 A/B

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Who’s driving the technology bandwagon –  the users or the librarians?

Many librarians have adopted Web 2.0 technologies, creating screencasts, podcasts, blogs, and more to reach their users.   But are our user’s needs and expectations really driving the shift to these tools?  Or are librarians just afraid of being left behind?  A panel of academic librarians will discuss their own experiences navigating the ever-changing technology landscape and will explore the motivations for hopping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon.