Library and Information Technology Association

A LITA guide to selecting and implementing cloud-based services for libraries

CHICAGO — Based on his first-hand experiences migrating the IT infrastructure of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Erik T. Mitchell’s “Cloud-Based Services for Your Library: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, bridges the gap between organizational and technical issues in decision making for cloud computing in libraries.

Lizabeth A. Wilson wins 2013 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial award

CHICAGO — Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson, dean of university libraries at the University of Washington (UW), has been named the 2013 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Wilson will receive a cash award and citation during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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.

Using LibGuides to enhance library services

CHICAGO — “Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource and available through the ALA Store, shows readers how to harness the easy-to-use tools in Springshare’s LibGuides to help organize webpages, improve students’ research experience and learning and interact with an online community of librarians sharing their work and ideas.

Five local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized five libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Boston, New York, Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla. and Le Roy, N.Y.

LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program.  Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and a certificate.  The deadline for submission of the manuscript is Feb. 28, 2013.

LITA offering two Web courses in February

CHICAGO — LITA is making available two Web Courses in February: Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library and Inclusive Gigabit Libraries, presented by Jon Gant, director of the Center for Digital Inclusion at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

LITA workshops at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — LITA is offering two full-day workshops, to be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Nominations sought for prestigious research award

CHICAGO — Nominations are invited for the 2013 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 Dec. 31, 2012.

Congratulations to LITA members selected as 2013 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board of Directors is pleased to congratulate Zach Coble and Margaret Heller on being selected to participate in the ALA 2013 Emerging Leaders Program and on being selected for LITA sponsorship.  LITA sponsorship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset the costs of attending the 2013 Midwinter Meeting and the 2013 Annual Conference.  In addition, Coble and Heller will each work on LITA projects and be mentored by the LITA leadership.

LITA/Library Hi Tech award nominations sought

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting-edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of library and information technology.  Sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publish

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