Preconference Sessions

LITA sponsors a number of preconference sessions before ALA Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings.

Upcoming Preconferences

Preconferences will be listed as they are planned.  See below to learn how to propose a preconference or suggest topics for a preconference.

Previous Preconferences

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.


The Education Committee identifies topics and presenters, reviews proposals, and recommends educational programs to the LITA Board. The Education Committee accepts proposals for programs, webinars, workshops, or regional institutes via the submit a proposal webform.


Send topic suggestions for courses, webinars, workshops, or regional institutes to the LITA Office.