Library and Information Technology Association

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.

Anne R. Kenney wins 2014 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Kenney will receive a cash award and citation during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

LITA Web course available: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is announcing the availability of Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 6, 8, 10, and 13, 2014.

LITA offering two full-day workshops in Philadelphia

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two Midwinter Workshops from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in Philadelphia.

A LITA guide to data management for libraries

CHICAGO — Since the National Science Foundation joined the National Institutes of Health in requiring that grant proposals include a data management plan, academic librarians have been inundated with related requests from faculty and campus-based grant consulting offices. Data management is a new service area for many library staff, requiring careful planning and implementation.

Linked Data webinar series available

CHICAGO — LITA is offering a series of webinars on Linked Data. The series begins with “Linked data primer” from 11 a.m. to noon Central time on Dec. 5, 2013, continues with “Coding experiments to transform MARC to linked data” from 11 a.m. to noon Central time on Jan. 14, 2014 and concludes with “SKOS, SPARQL, and vocabulary management” from 11 a.m. to noon Central time on Feb. 11, 2014.

Nominations sought for prestigious research award

CHICAGO — Nominations are invited for the 2014 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2013.

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