LITA Highlights at 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting January 20-24 2017

Complete LITA schedule of meetings and events with room assignments now available

Use the Conference Scheduler to browse and search events, plan and prioritize your time, and build your personal conference calendar.

LITA Top Technology Trends

Sunday, January 22, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Georgia World Congress Center, B405

LITA's premier program on changes and advances in technology. Top Technology Trends features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts and thought leaders. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends. This conference panelists and their suggested trends include:

  • Ken Varnum, Session Moderator, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Learning Analytics, University of Michigan
  • Cynthia Hart, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Virginia Beach Public Library
  • Bill Jones, Creative Technologist, IDS Project
  • Gena Marker, Teacher-Librarian, Centennial High School Library (Boise, ID)
  • Meredith Powers, Senior Reference Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library

More information about the program is available at the Top Tech Trends site.

Interest Groups Discussion Sessions

Find days, times and locations of LITA Interest Groups discussions using this scheduler link.
Check out this page for fuller descriptions for some of the discussion sessions.

Buddy Program graphic, created by Marie Van den Broeck from Noun ProjectLITA Conference Buddy Program

Apply now for the LITA Conference Buddy Program for the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

LITA is excited to announce a new program designed to make conference attendance more approachable, foster inclusion, and build connections. Inspired by the GLBTRT Buddy Program, we hope that this program will help us to foster stronger relationships among LITA members who attend conferences and also make attendance more enjoyable and rewarding for everyone who participates. We will be offering this program for the first time at Midwinter 2017.

For more information or to apply, see the Conference Buddy website: 
The deadline to apply will be January 1, 2017.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at:

LITA Open House

Sunday, January 22, 4:30-5:30 pm
Georgia World Congress Center, B203

Join current and prospective members for an overview and informal conversation at the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Open House. All are welcome to meet LITA leaders, committee chairs, and interest group participants. We will share information about our recent and upcoming activities, build professional connections, and discuss issues in library and information technology. Whether you are considering LITA membership for the first time, a long-time member looking to engage with others in your area, or anywhere in between, take part in great conversation and learn more about volunteer and networking opportunities at this meeting.

LITA Happy Hour

Sunday, January 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gordon Biersch
848 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia  30308


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.

General directions, please consult your favorite mapping application for details. From the MARTA Peachtree Center Transit Station, take the Red line Northbound to the Midtown Transit Station. Walk about 0.3 miles (7 minutes). From the station head south to Peachtree PL NE. Turn left onto Peachtree PL NE for 1.5 blocks. Turn right onto Peachtree ST NE for 2.5 blocks Gordon Biersch will be on the right hand side.

LITA President-Elect Andromeda Yelton hosts the LITA Town Meeting

Monday, January 23, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center, A301

Join your fellow LITA members for breakfast and a discussion about LITA's strategic path. We will focus on how LITA's goals--collaboration and networking; education and sharing of expertise; advocacy; and infrastructure--help our organization serve you and the broader library community. This Town Meeting will help us turn those goals into plans that will guide LITA going forward.