LITA Events at 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting

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LITA Midwinter Schedule


LITA Midwinter Workshops: Friday, January 7, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs

Speaker: Jason Clark, Montana State University subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it's easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming and are encouraged to bring a laptop for hands-on participation.

Open Source CMS Playroom

Speaker: Amanda Hollister,

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, and Drupal CMSs.

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


  • Advanced Registration runs October 1-November 29. Iit is possible to register for a workshop without registering for the entire ALA Midwinter Meeting. 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 the pdf 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 Midwinter 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.
  • You may also register onsite in San Diego.

The World (and Jason Griffey) Interviews Vernor Vinge

Saturday, January 8, 1:30 -3:30 pm

The work of Vernor Vinge pushes information and technology to it's incredible, but possible, conclusions. In works like A Fire Upon The Deep and A Deepness in the Sky (both of which won Hugo Awards), Vinge examines the concept of the technological singularity, a theoretical point where machine intelligence overtakes human intelligence, and does so in ways that play with information systems and processes. In Rainbows End (another Hugo Award winner), Vinge explores one potentially very real future for libraries in which we live in a world of complete information immersion. Come and see Jason Griffey, acting as a conduit for the rest of the world, interview Vernor Vinge; futurist, author, thinker, and visionary.

Sponsored by LITA's Imagineering Interest Group

LITA 201

Friday, January 7, 4:00-5:00pm

ALA is a broad organization, and it can be difficult to find your niche among so many groups.  That's why LITA offers LITA 201, a more specific orientation to involvement in LITA.  Join us, and learn more about how your technical side fits into the library arena and how active involvement in LITA can help you better meet the challenges of today and troubleshoot the challenges of tomorrow. Find your place in LITA.  Join us for LITA 201 at Midwinter 2011 to:

  • Learn more about LITA and where you fit
  • Become or find a mentor
  • Form your own interest group
  • Network with tech-savvy library colleagues

LITA Happy Hour

Friday, January 7, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Se San Diego, Uber Lounge
1047 5th Avenue, 619.515.3000

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.

LITA President-Elect Colleen Cuddy hosts the LITA Town Meeting

Monday, January 10, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join your fellow LITA members in a conversation about how LITA responds to and involves its membership in the larger information, association, community-building, and technology-related landscape.
In 2010, the LITA Board finalized the goals and objectives of LITA’s Strategic Plan based, in part, on membership input from previous town meetings.  At this meeting, Colleen will address how LITA is putting the strategic plan into action.  Committee chairs and fellow LITA board members will be on hand to update membership on initiatives underway to reach some of the goals outlined in the plan.  Members will have an opportunity to respond to and suggest future directions and approaches for reaching LITA’s goals and objectives. Your input as a LITA member in the discussion about how LITA operates in today’s world is very important to the success of the organization.  Please do take some time and attend the Town Meeting.  For those LITA members who are not able to attend the Town Meeting, information about other avenues of input will be made available.