2010 LITA National Forum: Concurrent Session Abstracts (alpha by title)

Concurrent Sessions Full Descriptions [pdf]


Capturing Community Memories: The Kete Project
Benda Chawner, Victoria University of Wellington; Jo Ransom, Horowhenua Library Trust
The Kete free/open source project, built with Ruby on Rails, allows a library to build a digital community archive in collaboration with its users. Learn about the project's history and future plans.

Cataloging Staff Participation in Tag Creation
Suzanne Graham, University of Georgia School of Law Library
Good cataloging helps our users find relevant materials, and when we add descriptive tags to our records we potentially enhance user experience in our catalog, but we need to carefully assess our catalogs’ indexing and functionality.

Click Analytics: Why Every Click Counts
Tabatha Farney, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
This session introduces click analytics, the interpretation of web site usage based on users' clicks on a web page, and presents the advantages, drawbacks and the software requirements for library web sites.

Cloud Computing Calculator
Cassi Pretlow, Denver Public Library
See the unveiling of an online cloud computing return on investment calculator specific to libraries.  Discover if it pays to use cloud-based services or host internally.

Cloudy with a Chance for Cooperation: Cloud-based Library Management
Rob Ross, OCLC; Jennifer Pearson, OCLC; Gina Persichini, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Al Cornish, Washington State University; Michael Dula, Pepperdine University; Kyle Banerjee, Orbis Cascade Alliance; Jason Griffey, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Panel presentation/discussion of a pilot project to move library management services and cooperative intelligence functions to the cloud.

Crowdsourcing the Archive, Cloudsourcing the Capture: Using Omeka for Collaborative Digital Archives and Exhibits on Campus
Gwen Evans, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
Using open source Omeka software and a variety of cloud-based tools and methods, we built a collaborative digital archive involving campus, community, and alumni to celebrate the University’s Centennial.

Developing a Geospatial Data Infrastructure: Standards and Technologies
Kim Durante, Emory University; Michael Page, Emory University; Stacey Martin, Emory University
The goal of the geospatial program at Emory University Libraries is to both improve upon the existing geospatial data structure and employ new methods of distribution in order to meet our growing community’s need for efficient access to quality base data and maps while capturing and preserving the data derived from academic research at Emory.

DLO to Go: Fostering Instructional Use of New Media
Nardina Mein, Wayne State University; Jon McGlone, Wayne State University; Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University
The Wayne State University Digital Library Initiative Team developed the Digital Learning and Development Environment, an interactive Web environment where faculty and students can use accessible tools to easily create digital learning objects (DLOs) using images from Wayne State's digital library collections, and has investigated usability and impact on teaching & learning.

Doing it with Drupal
Cody Hanson, University of Minnesota; Wayne Loftus, University of Minnesota Health Science Libraries
One library's effort to replace an aging FAQ database and workshop registration system using Drupal.

Editorial and Technological Workflow Tools for a Busy Website
Emily Molanphy, NYU Health Sciences Libraries
This presentation explores how a website workflow was developed in Drupal to promote staff participation and ensure quality; editorial philosophy and technical implementation are both considered.

E-Learning: Two Approaches to Managing Staff Learning
Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service; Jay Turner, Gwinnett (GA) Public Library
Given there's little time (or money) for staff training and development, consider two approaches for addressing your library's learning needs: create customized courses and/or incorporate existing online resources into your plans.

Enabling Discovery via the Cloud
Marliese Thomas, Auburn University Main Campus; Michael Gorrell, EBSCO Publishing
Presentation of an ARL library's beta implementation of a hosted discovery service, including technical and organizational challenges.

Engaging Users and Easing Them Into Your Task-Oriented Library Website Redesign
Justin Blum, University of Nevada, Reno
When evolving a library website to a user-centered, task-oriented model, we must engage users throughout the process in order to tread the middle ground between the design vision of the web designer and design by crowd.

Engaging with Scholars: Video Recording Your Institute's Research One Lecture at a Time
Julie Speer, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus; Katie Gentilello, Georgia Institute of Technology
This session offers lessons learned providing a library managed video recording service to capture campus scholarly events.

eXtensible Catalog Drupal Toolkit – Take Control of Library Websites and Metadata
Péter Király, eXtensible Catalog
The Drupal Toolkit is a modular Open Source system that handles the creation and manipulation of metadata in accordance to the XC schema format within the Drupal content management system

From Cobbled To Agile: Re-Engineering Library IT
Joan Smith, Emory University
The presentation discusses the lessons learned and tools developed during the 18-month successful transition from conventional library IT to an Agile engineering process-driven IT division.

From Static & Stale to Dynamic & Collaborative: The Drupal Difference
Susan Perry, University of California - Santa Cruz; Ann Hubble, University of California, Santa Cruz; Deborah Murphy, University of California, Santa Cruz
An academic library's experience moving from a static HTML site to a dynamic website using the open source CMS Drupal, and how this new crowdsourced, collaborative environment is impacting staff and users.

Generalizing mobile applications for multiple libraries
Erik Mitchell, Wake Forest University
This presentation will discuss techniques for designing and deploying mobile web-applications for multiple library use and will demonstrate one approach using dashcode for iPhone development.

Integrating Scholarly Repository Services  into Consortial Organizations and Statewide University Systems
Marlee Givens, Keith Gilbertson, Georgia Institute of Technology
This presentation will cover the development of statewide and consortial scholarly repositories with an focus on the newly-funded IMLS project, the GALILEO Knowledge Repository in Georgia.

Investigations into Web-Scale Discovery Platforms
Jason Vaughan, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
This presentation will briefly introduce the concept of web scale discovery, discuss the UNLV Library's research and evaluation of vendor marketed web-scale discovery services, and conclude by highlighting some similarities and differences among the present services.

JSTOR’s ‘Data for Research’: Mining hundreds of years of scholarship
Ron Snyder, ITHAKA; Kristen Garlock, ITHAKA/JSTOR
The Data for Research beta is a publicly available web site providing powerful tools for content discovery, data visualization, and a faceted interface for searching and downloading custom data sets from more than 6.5 million articles.

Let's Talk: The Unsession
Gregg Silvis, University of Delaware Library; Kristin Antelman, North Carolina State University
This "unsession" will engage the audience in a discussion of topical issues as determined by the attendees.

Library One Search: Implementing Web-Scale Discovery in an Academic Research Library
Tammy Allgood, Arizona State University
This presentation will address the usability testing and user feedback which initiated the decision to purchase a web-scale discovery service for a large academic research library, the selection process to determine a service provider, the project management employed to implement and market the service, feedback provided by users and library staff, and the future impact of web-scale discovery services on libraries and library staff.

LibX 2.0: Embedding Customized Services into the User's Web
Annette Bailey, Virginia Tech
A new design approach to embedding library applications into the web.

Making your IT skills virtual:  tools for learning how to implement and administer cloud-based systems
Erik Mitchell, Wake Forest University; Jean-Paul Bessou, Wake Forest University; Kevin Gilbertson, Wake Forest University
This presentation demonstrates to participants what skills are needed to implement and administer cloud-based systems and includes both a disucssion of presenters experiences and the introduction of a series of tutorials that were developed at Wake Forest University to teach these skills.

Mobile Applications and Virtual Libraries: Process, Issues, and Outcomes
Katie Gohn, GALILEO, University System of Georgia; Karen Minton, GALILEO, University System of Georgia
Presentation will focus on a project to create mobile applications for a statewide virtual library with emphasis on process, issues, and outcomes.

Mobile Patrons: Better Services on the Go
Vincci Kwong, Indiana University - South Bend; Gary Browning, Indiana University - South Bend
Mobile applications for libraries.

OARS:  Toward Automating the Ongoing Subscription Review
Jonathan Harwell, Georgia Southern University; Geoffrey Timms, Mercer University
This session will provide an update on a work in progress, the open-source Ongoing Automated Review System (OARS) for subscription reviews.

On the Cheap: Frugal Usability for Digital Collections
Lisa Gregory, State Library of North Carolina; Amy Rudersdorf, State Library of North Carolina
This presentation will include experiences and recommendations for conducting small-scale and low budget web site usability testing on libraries’ digital collections.

On the Go - What Your Users Really Want
Diane Butler, Rice University
You have spent all that time building a mobile application for your library but did you *ask* your users what they wanted or bother to do any usability studies?

Pecha Kucha: Technology In The Library
Christine Ayar, Evanced Solutions; Rob Cullin, Evanced Solutions; Kimberly Bolan-Cullin
Library professionals will highlight creative use of technology at their library using the unique, fast-paced presentation format known as Pecha Kucha.

Primo Central and bX: Truly the Crowd in the Cloud!
Michael Kaplan, Ex Libris North America, Inc.
Primo Central is a new, centrally hosted, mega-aggregation of scholarly articles.  Combined with bX, a new scholarly article recommender service, it uses wisdom of the crowds to seed the clouds.

Promoting Open-Source Software Through Cloud Deployment
Michael Klein, Oregon State University; Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University
Providing low (or no) cost, one-click installation and hosting services can lead to easier evaluation and more widespread adoption of locally-developed open source software applications.

"Quick Search" it is Not: Testing Response Times of Traditional and NextGen Library Catalogs
Nina McHale, University of Colorado Denver; Margaret Brown-Sica, University of Colorado Denver
Discusses acceptable response times for catalogs, demonstrates performance testing of them, and examines why next generation catalogs have unacceptably slow response times—and whether users will stick around for results.

Rethinking the Library Game: Creating an Alternate Reality with Social Media
Jason Battles, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa; Valerie Glenn, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa; Lindley Shedd, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
How librarians can create games that are engaging and instructive by leveraging third-party social sites that are already popular with their users.

Shibboleth Access to Licensed Library Resources Through InCommon
Andy Ingham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; David Kennedy, Duke University
Shibboleth (via the InCommon federation) offers many advantages for access to licensed library e-resources; EZproxy, in use at many institutions, can be leveraged to make that transition seamless.

Staff Training and the Mob Rule
Michelle Boule
This unique, hands-on session will give participants experience with unconference facilitation styles and how they can be applied to staff training at all levels of an organization.

The Other IT Crowd:  Managing and Developing Accidental Geeks in the Library
Beatrice Pulliam, Providence College
This presentation will cover the ins and outs of managing and developing your own IT cadre in your library, discussing everything from readying staff to provide small scale in-house tech support or manage tech projects, to designing a mobile web site.

The Why Report: Tech Themes for Tech Services
Lisa Thomas, Southern Connecticut State University; Holly Tomren, University of California – Irvine
The presenters offer a review of why emerging technologies, and related tools, are redefining priorities, expectations, and competencies in today’s Technical Services work environment.

Understanding Undergraduate Millennial Student Search Behaviors
Brandi Porter
Based on 24 millennial case studies, this presentation will describe common characteristics of undergraduate searching in Web and library information retrieval systems as well as implications for library Web site design and instruction to millennials.

Usability for Tough Times
Kenneth Varnum, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; Suzanne Chapman, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Web site usability does not need to be expensive.  Two librarians with extensive experience in budget usability share their tools and experiences for effective and efficient usability work.

Using Scrum to Streamline Web Applications Development and Improve Transparency
Michelle Frisque, Northwestern University
Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for agile software development. Learn what it is, how it was implemented and adapted over time for use by the library’s web committee and programming team.

What Can the Cloud Do for Your Teaching? Using Cloud Technologies in Library Instruction
Chanitra Bishop, Indiana University - Bloomington
The presentation will feature cloud tools that can be used during library instruction.

WorldCat Local at Loyola: Implementation and Use Experience
Chulin Meng, Loyola University Chicago
Loyola’s experience of implementing WorldCat Local as the new catalog interface, including data reclamation, ILL workflow revision and policy changes, updates in library instruction, and more.