LITA Highlights at 2019 ALA Annual Conference

2019 ALA Annual Conference - Washington DC - June 20-25

View LITA events in the conference scheduler

Friday, June 21

LITA Preconferences

LITA/PLA AvramCamp 2019

Friday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: TBA
Event Code: LIT1
Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $25 - Other Member: $25 - Non-Member: $25
Facilitators: Sara Margaret Rizzo, Systems Librarian, Monmouth University Library; Aisha Conner-Gaten. Instructional Design Librarian, Loyola Marymount University; and Anne Slaughter, Director of Technology Services, RAILS

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This workshop for women and non-binary individuals will start with looking at imposter syndrome and then allow participants to propose unconference topics such as salary negotiation, creating inclusive job postings, and becoming leaders in the technology field.

Beginning Git and GitHub

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: TBA
Event Code: LIT2
Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $170 - Other Member: $170 - Non-Member: $210 - LITA Member: $140
Presenters: Kate Bronstad, Librarian Web Developer, Heather Klish, Systems Librarian, and Ari Gofman, Social Science Data Librarian, Tisch Library, all Tufts University

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Work smarter, collaborate faster, and share code or other files with the library community using the popular version control system Git. Featuring a mix of fundamentals and hands-on exercises, participants learn the basics of Git, how to use key commands, and how to use GitHub to their advantage.

Metadata Management Tools

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: TBA
Event Code: LIT3
Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $170 - Other Member: $170 - Non-Member: $210 - LITA Member: $140
Presenter: Kelsey George, Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian, UNLV

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Participants will use hands-on activities to learn how to incorporate different metadata management tools into their workflows, discuss example use cases for each tool, and have the opportunity to collaborate on problem-solving metadata workflow issues.

Interest Groups Discussions Sessions

<Coming soon>. Find days, times, and locations of LITA Interest Group discussions in the ALA Annual Scheduler.
Check out this page for fuller descriptions for some of the discussion sessions.

LITA Conference Buddy Program

The Application site will open soon for the LITA Conference Buddy Program for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

LITA is excited to continue our program designed to make conference attendance more approachable, foster inclusion, and build connections. Inspired by the GLBTRT Buddy Program, we hope to foster stronger relationships among LITA members who attend conferences and also make attendance more enjoyable and rewarding for everyone who participates.

Find more information, including instructions for applying for the program, on the Conference Buddy page.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at

LITA Conference Kickoff - by Recording

<Coming Soon>. Look on LITA resources such as the LITABlog for announcements of a recorded version of the Kickoff content. Hear Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Member Development Committees members talk about LITA activities the upcoming ALA Annual 2019 conference. They will describe ways you can meet LITA leaders, committee chairs, and interest group participants; build professional connections; and share your knowledge and ideas about current issues in library technology while in Seattle. In the meantime here is the ALA Midwinter 2019 conference kick off recording.

Saturday, June 22nd

Agency, Consent and Power in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBA

Science Fiction and Fantasy has always held a mirror up to nature and continues to explore themes that resonate in contemporary society. As our current culture grapples with issues such sexual assault, bodily autonomy, classism, racism, and consolidation of power, both political and economic, science fiction and fantasy writers have been responding with works that illuminate our current situation. By creating new worlds to set their stories, these authors are able to present trenchant contemporary issues as metaphor, which can make it easier for ideas to be debated and discussed and even subversively change people’s minds. Join a panel of popular genre authors (TBA) talking about how their work is informed by and informs discussion on the topics of agency, consent, and power in the real world and in the worlds of their own creation.

  • Sarah Gailey
  • Malka Older
  • John Scalzi
  • Martha Wells

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Sunday, June 23rd

Top Technology Trends

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: TBA

LITA's premier program on trends and advances in technology features our ongoing roundtable discussion 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 sessions moderator will be:

James Neal
Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services

James Neal is a Senior Program Officer in the Office of Library Services of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC. He cultivates and manages discretionary grants in the domain areas of digital inclusion (broadband & digital literacy); privacy; open data & civic technology; OER; and E-books …

Panelists and their suggested trends will be announced soon.

Apply, or Nominate someone, to be a panelist - deadline Monday, April 29, 2019

More information about Top Tech Trends and wrap ups of previous sessions is available at the Top Tech Trends site.

LITA President’s Program with Meredith Broussard: Artificial Unintelligence

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: TBA

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Speaker: Meredith Broussard

LITA President Bohyun Kim welcomes Meredith Broussard presenting: Artificial Unintelligence 

Our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a vast number of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally—hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners—that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work. 

In this talk, author and professor Meredith Broussard looks at the inner workings and outer limits of technology, and explains why we should never assume that computers always get things right. Making a case against technochauvinism—the belief that technology is always the solution—Broussard looks at why self-driving cars don’t really work and why social problems persist in every digital Utopia. If we understand the limits of what we *can* do with technology, Broussard tells us, we can make better choices about what we *should* do with it to make the world better for everyone.

Data journalist Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World.” Her academic research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. She is also interested in reproducible research issues and is developing methods for preserving innovative digital journalism projects in scholarly archives so that we can read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers. She is an affiliate faculty member at the Moore Sloan Data Science Environment at the NYU Center for Data Science, a 2019 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, and her work has been supported by the Institute of Museum & Library Services as well as the Tow Center at Columbia Journalism School. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she has also worked as a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab. Her features and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, and other outlets. Follow her on Twitter @merbroussard or contact her via

LITA Happy Hour

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

A Fun Place for Socializing to be Announced
100 Street Address, Washington, DC 20202

Join LITA members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and lively conversation. Cash bar.


Monday, June 24th

Executive Perspectives: A Conversation on the Future of the Library Technology Industry

Monday, June 24, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: TBA

Marshall Breeding, author of the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries, will assemble and moderate a panel of senior executives representing organizations that produce software or services for libraries.

Breeding will give a brief introduction and will then lead a lively discussion to probe at the technology and business trends. This year, the panel discussion will focus on issues related to the use of open source software for core resource management, repository, and discovery systems. Topics that we might address might include the relative maturity of open source solutions, how this approach appeals to technologists and administrators in libraries, business models involved, opportunities for innovation, and challenges seen relative to proprietary software.

Panelists will be expected to candidly reflect the perspectives of their organizations, but not promote their products.

Hashtag: #alaexecpanel

  • Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Creator and Publisher Library Technology Guides.
  • Laurie Arp, Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software , Lyrasis
  • Lynn Bailey, Chief Executive Officer and CFO, Index Data
  • Neil Block, Vice President for Global Open Source Innovation, EBSCO Information Services
  • Brendan A. Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, ByWater Solutions
  • Mike Rylander, Executive Director, Equinox Software Initiative