LITA Highlights at 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting

ALA Denver Midwinter Meeting February 9-13 2018

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, February 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504

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's panelists include:

  • Felton Thomas, Session Moderator, Director, Cleveland Public Library
  • Ken Chad, Director, Ken Chad Consulting Ltd
  • Kathryn Harnish, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Innovative Interfaces
  • Ida Joiner, Librarian, Universal Academy School (Irving TX)
  • Bohyun Kim, Associate Professor in Scholarly Technology, University of Rhode Island
  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois

Felton ThomasKen ChadKathryn HarnishIda JoinerBohyun KimLisa Hinchliffe

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

Interest Groups Discussions 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.

LITA Conference Buddy ProgramBuddy Program graphic, created by Marie Van den Broeck from Noun Project

Apply now for the LITA Conference Buddy Program for the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Applications are now open for LITA’s Conference Buddy program for ALA Midwinter 2018. The program is 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.

For more information or to apply, see the Conference Buddy website:

To participate in the program as either a new or experienced conference attendee, get details and complete the sign up form by January 15, 2018.

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

LITA Conference Kickoff

Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Colorado Convention Center, Rm 207

Join current and prospective members for an overview of LITA and informal conversation at the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Conference Kickoff. Everyone is 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 the hot-button issues in library and information technology. Whether you are considering LITA membership for the first time, are a long-time member looking to engage with others in your area, or are anywhere in between, take part in great conversation and learn more about volunteer and networking opportunities at this meeting.

LITA Happy Hour

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tarantula Billiards.
1520 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80202
(Corner of 15th & Stout)

Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and LITA members and friends from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun!

LITA President-Elect Bohyun Kim hosts the LITA Town Hall MeetingPresident-Elect Bohyun Kim

Monday, February 12, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Colorado Convention Center, Rm 201

Join your fellow LITA members for breakfast and a discussion about LITA's strategic path. This year, we will explore a scenario for LITA’s future and creative possibilities. We will lay out the current constraints and design our way towards envisioning (a) more meaningful volunteer experience in LITA with a greater impact, (b) a viable online alternative to a physical meeting to benefit a broader group of members through active group learning and networking, and (c) the improved longitudinal member experience throughout one’s career.