Interest Group Discussion Sessions for ALA Annual 2019

2018 ALA Annual Conference - New Orleans LA - June 21-26

LITA Meetings and Interest Group discussion sessions descriptions listed by day, time, alphabetical by name, and multi-division meetings.

Saturday, June 22

Linked Library Data Interest Group (ALCTS LITA)
Mariott Marquis, Georgetown University
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Meeting of the joint ALCTS/LITA interest group.

Although much progress has been made in linked data in libraries, many hurdles still exist. One of those hurdles is the complexity of teaching and understanding linked data and its added value for libraries. Join the Library Linked Data Interest Group session for a mix of industry experts and librarians as we explore the challenges of teaching linked data.

LITA Drupal4Lib Interest Group
Washington Convention Center, Rm. 148
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Are you a Drupaler or do you have interest in using Drupal for your library? Join us at the Drupal4Lib interest group meeting to discuss Drupal issues.

Universal Accessibility Interest Group
Washington Hilton, Columbia 03 & 04
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Joint LITA, ACRL UAIG and ASCLA Accessibility Interest Groups working groups where members work together on projects related to making all kinds of library and library services accessible for users with disabilities

LITA Heads of Library Technology Interest Groups
Mariott Marquis, Supreme Court
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Discovery Layer Decisions and Configurations – A Panel Discussion. Decisions abound when implementing a discovery layer. Does the library use one discovery layer to access all their materials? Or select multiple products? Or create different instances of the same product? For the different products/instances, which parts of the collection are targeted? This session will be a panel discussion between four libraries on how they reached their decisions, how they implemented them, and how they assessed their impact.

LITA User Experience Interest Group
Washington Convention Center, Rm. 102B
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Join us for the UX IG meeting and discussion.

LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group
Mariott Marquis, Mint
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us for presentations on experiences using open source systems (OSS) in libraries and to network with other library professionals using OSS at all skill levels. Bring your questions about OSS tools like Koha, Evergreen, Drupal, Wordpress.

Sunday, June 23

Electronic Resources Management Interest Group (LITA ALCTS)
Mariott Marquis, Archives
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Librarians know how to evaluate and acquire products, whether databases, books, journals, digital archives, or software services. But how do vendors decide whether a new product is needed? What do product development processes look like? What exactly is a profit-loss statement? How can librarians influence vendor decisions to develop new products and improve existing ones? Attend this interactive panel discussion to learn from the horse’s mouth how vendors decide on and develop products! This panel also features insights from academic librarians who work with vendors to influence development directions.

LITA E-Rate and CIPA Compliance Interest Group
Mariott Marquis, Salon 13
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
During this meeting, a group of panelists will discuss all things eRate and CIPA related.

LITA Maker Technology Interest Group
Mariott Marquis, Mount Vernon Square
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Maker Technology Interest Group is for the discussion of technologies located within makerspaces, content creation spaces, and the management of such areas. These technologies include 3D printers, computational textiles, light boxes, recording studios, laser cutters, video equipment, virtual reality, augmented reality, and more.