LITA Conference Buddy Program

Will this be your first ALA Annual Meeting? Or maybe you haven’t been in a while and aren’t sure where to start your planning?

Get some help and learn more about LITA in the process by signing up for the LITA Conference Buddy program. It’s a great way to navigate such a large event, expand your network, and make new friends. The program is designed to make conference attendance more approachable, foster inclusion, and build connections by pairing you with someone who shares your professional interests and is familiar with Annual.

Or Be a Conference Buddy!

Want to help someone new to Midwinter and show them how great LITA is? Sign up to share your experience and network while learning new things and meeting new people.

Application deadline to sign up for either role is June 10, 2020.

The LITA Diversity & Inclusion Committee will pair up participants and send conference buddy assignments approximately 2 weeks before the event. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Thank you for participating!

What To Expect At The Conference

To make sure that this program is valuable to participants, we will ask that participants commit to the following activities:

  • Connect with each other at least once in advance of the conference to arrange a meeting (this can be via social media, email, phone, or any other mutually preferred method),

  • Meet in person at the conference at least once prior to attending an event together, and

  • Meet just before the LITA Happy Hour or another scheduled LITA event to attend together.

The experienced conference attendee is also asked to commit to:

  • Take the lead on reaching out to schedule meetings,

  • Make an effort to introduce the new member to other LITA members and conference attendees, and

  • Offer suggestions and advice on getting the most out of conference attendance and LITA membership.

The LITA Conference Buddy Program was inspired by the GLBTRT Buddy Program,