Library and Information Technology Association

A LITA guide to using massive digital libraries

CHICAGO — Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Andrew Weiss, recognizing the concept of the library as a "big idea" that has been implemented in many ways over thousands of years, is not so gloomy.

LITA guide spotlights the top technologies every librarian needs to know

CHICAGO — While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what editor Kenneth J. Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done in “The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits.

Gonzales wins 2014 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

CHICAGO — Brighid Mooney Gonzales, MLIS degree candidate at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, has been named the winner of the 2014 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Michael Buckland wins Kilgour Award

CHICAGO — The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced Michael Buckland as the 2014 winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.

Reich and Rosenthal winners of 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

CHICAGO — Victoria Reich and David S. H. Rosenthal have been named the winners of the 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

LITA webinar: 'Games in Libraries for Outreach and Instruction'

CHICAGO A panel of library games experts will discuss the principles of gamification and how to use game elements for information literacy instruction. The process of creating a library game and using game design best practices will be considered.  Creating physical games based on literature for outreach purposes will also be examined.  Attendees will leave with innovative ideas of how to use games or gamification in their own libraries. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain the following skills:

A LITA guide to responsive Web design

CHICAGO — Tablets, desktops, smartphones, laptops, minis: we live in a world of screens, all of different sizes. Library websites need to work on all of them, but maintaining separate sites or content management systems is resource intensive and still unlikely to address all the variations. By using responsive Web design, libraries can build one site for all devices—now and in the future.

LITA preconferences held at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is offing three full-day preconferences from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

ALA Store at PLA Conference in Indianapolis

CHICAGO Take time at PLA 2014 Conference to see what’s new at the ALA Store, located at booth # 1319 near the center of the exhibit hall. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The ALA Store hours are:

Wednesday, March 12:                  4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 13:                       9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A LITA guide to makerspaces

CHICAGO — Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space and equipment, a tenet of the makerspace movement, fits squarely into libraries’ mission.

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