2003 LITA National Forum Schedule

Thursday, October 2, 2003, 1:30p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Preconference 1: The Library as a Place in the Digital Age

Presentation Files and Handouts (Various file formats)

"Everything" is on the Web nowadays, yet it is an indisputable fact that libraries continue to exist as real places that people return to again and again. Libraries serve their communities not only as sources for information, but as places to go for assistance in using that information, and its accompanying technology. Public libraries function as meeting places and community centers. Academic libraries provide campus spaces for learning and teaching. How are library buildings changing and adapting to accommodate both the face-to-face and virtual services that are the hallmark of effective libraries today? This preconference symposium brings together a panel of speakers, including an academic librarian, a public librarian, an architect, and a space planner, to gaze into the future of the library as a place.

Points covered

  • Taking a good look at how your library provides services
  • Designing library buildings and interior spaces to accommodate online and in-house services
  • Libraries as learning spaces


Cate McNeely is the Deputy Chief Librarian of the award winning Richmond Public Library in Richmond, British Columbia www.yourlibrary.ca, is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Library Archival and Information Studies, and was the project leader of the award winning Ironwood Branch dubbed "Library of the Future". Ms. McNeely was selected as one of 50 industry "movers and shakers" by Library Journal in 2002. She is also Principal of McNeely Consulting and provides consulting expertise to public libraries and architects throughout North America and Australia. McNeely Consulting offers a wide array of services including: staff training and development workshops, speaking engagements, organizational efficiency reviews, and planning expertise for renovations and new buildings.

Sue Stroyan has over thirty years of library experience, including positions in public, ppecial, and academic libraries. Currently University Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University, Stroyan previously served as Associate Director for Illinois Valley Library System. She taught for three years in an undergraduate library science program, frequently teaches continuing education courses, and has been a mentor in ACRL/CLS Mentor Program, the Library Leadership Institute at Snowbird and Synergy: Illinois Library Leadership program. Stroyan has been extremely active in professional associations, including ALA, ILA, MLA, and their committees, and says these varied experiences have given her a broad view of library work.

Carol Ross Barney , FAIA Founder and President of Ross Barney+Jankowski, Carol Ross Barney is responsible for the design excellence of all projects undertaken by her firm. Dedicated to improving the built environment, her work has an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings, including libraries. Ross Barney is currently designing one of the most important commissions to be designed by a Chicago architect, the new U.S. Federal Campus in Oklahoma City.

Andrea Michaels is the founder of Michaels Associates Design Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in the planning and design of public, academic, and special libraries. Since 1974, Michaels Associates has worked on over 300 library projects - efforts that have included feasibility studies and pre-architectural programming the building through precise space planning and interior design, for libraries of a few thousand square feet to a few hundred thousand square feet in size.

PRECONFERENCE 2: Handhelds for Library Programs: Providing new levels of service

Presentation (MS Word)

This LITA preconference covers the practicalities and possibilities for the use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to deliver library services. You will learn about PDA implementations at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, presented as case studies. These examples represent new levels of library service for PDA users that focus on infrastructure for handheld use, creating original content and resources, and building collaborative programs. The case studies are:

1. Issuing Handhelds in Distance Education (TAMU) 2. Distributing Wireless PDAs for Clinical and Classroom Use (NCSU) 3. Wireless PDA and Ebook Circulation Programs (TAMU & NCSU) 4. Public PDA Syncing Stations (NCSU & TAMU) 5. Handheld Resources in Medical Curriculum Project (TAMU) 6. PDA Web Channels (TAMU & NCSU) 7. PDA Library Resources, for example OPAC searching, advanced instruction, and PDA technical support (NCSU & TAMU)

Each case study presentation addresses the following

  • Motivation - why should a library develop a PDA service?
  • Challenges - how does a library solve the problems presented?
  • User responses - how do library users respond to each service?


Joe Williams is Education Services Librarian for the Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University. He provides curriculum support and reference services to Library clientele with an emphasis on instructional technologies. Williams designed and implemented the TAMU PDA services and is leading implementation of other mobile computing services within the TAMU Libraries.

Laura M. Osegueda is the head of the Veterinary Medical Library at North Carolina State University.