LITA at 2008 ALA Annual Conference

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) activities at the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.  June 26 - July 2, 2008.



Getting Started with Drupal

Friday, June 27, 2008, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Public Library

Get up and running with Drupal 6 at this hands-on workshop. Learn what Drupal is, and how it differs from
typical content management systems, along with an overview of changes and new features in this
version. The training will include installing and configuring Drupal 6, understanding the Drupal workflow
and terminology, setting up roles and permissions, basic site configuration, modules, adding content,
using taxonomy to organize content, using blocks, and setting your site's look and feel. The workshop
with also include a demonstration of some advanced tools that you can use to customize your site.
Speaker: Cary Gordon, President of the Cherry Hill Company

Speaker: Cary Gordon, President of the Cherry Hill Company

Datagrid Technologies and Libraries

Friday, June 27, 2008, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Disneyland Hotel, Frontier Room

This pre-conference will be a panel presentation featuring librarians and storage administrators from the UC San Diego Libraries and the San Diego Supercomputer Center that will cover various aspects of datagrid technologies for use in libraries. The group will cover the overall benefits of utilizing datagrid technologies with institutional repositories, digital libraries, and digital preservation systems within libraries and will look specifically at case studies of the UCSD Libraries and the SDSC based Chronopolis digital preservation data-grid. Most of the tools for these systems are open source and with very minimal instruction can become an important collaborative network for use with academic bandwidth such as the Internet2 Abilene network for sharing large collections of born-digital material and escaping proprietary hardware lock-in on large-scale or mass digitization initiatives.


  • Ardys Kozbial, UCSD
  • Declan Fleming, UCSD
  • David Minor, SDSC
  • Robert McDonald, SDSC
  • Chris Jordan, Grid Infrastructure Group, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Library-wide IT Proficiency

Friday, June 27, 2008, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Disneyland Hotel, Dreams H

Library IT staff need to stay abreast of the technological advances that can enhance library operations and simultaneously help all library staff maintain a level of competence and confidence in not only using current IT resources, but also learning new ways of working smarter. Basic elements of end user education as well as enabling library staff with cutting edge technology awareness and use will be addressed. Key components include understanding end user needs, technology competency, effective intranets and cross-divisional self sufficiency programs.


  • Grace Sines, National Agricultural Library
  • Gary McCone, National Agricultural Library
  • Brenda Chawner, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Preconference Registration Rates

LITA Member $235; ALA Member $315; Non-Member $380.

LITA 101: Open House

Friday, June 27, 2008, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, 213 D

LITA 101 : Open House is a great opportunity for current and prospective members to talk with LITA leaders and learn how to make connections and become more involved in LITA activities.  Representatives from LITA Committees, the Board of Directors, and Interest Groups will be present to answer your questions at this informal session. Stop by anytime during the program time to learn more about LITA!

Speakers: Mark Beatty, LITA President; Lorre Smith, Membership Development Committee; Holly Yu, Interest Group Chair; Scott Muir, Committee Chair

LITA Happy Hour

Friday, June 27, 2008, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Mist Pool Bar at Hotel Menage, 1221 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim

Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks.

LITA President's Program

"Isn't it great to be in the library... wherever that is?"

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion D

It's often said that today we have to run 3 libraries at once: the library of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We run both the physical, visible library, and the one that exists beyond the walls. This raises many questions of what a library is and encompasses, what it isn't, where the boundaries lie, the impact on what we do and how we do it, what our clients want, how we serve them, and what kinds of librarians serve them. This program will attempt to examine the full social and cultural constructs of libraries that moves beyond basic Web 2.0 and integrates patrons, librarians and resources in what should be a ubiquitous manner. Join Joe Janes, associate professor in the Information School of the University of Washington in Seattle and columnist for American Libraries, keynote speaker along with members of the "It's All Good" blogging group as the reactor panel for a lively exploration of possible futures.