LITA Schedule at ALA Annual Conference 2012

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Thursday, June 21

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Executive Committee

Friday, June 22

8:30 am - 10:30 am

LITA Board of Directors Meeting I

8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Preconferences (registration required)

Web Content Strategy for Libraries
Your library’s new website is powered by a high-octane content management system (Drupal, WordPress, etc.) that gives you more power than ever to communicate with your patrons. But what are you saying? How are you saying it? What kind of service are you providing online? How can you ensure that it’s just as good as in your buildings? Content strategy to the rescue! Topics will include strategy development, training & adoption, production control and governance.

Creating Library Linked Data: What Catalogers and Coders Can Build
High quality metadata: billions of bibliographic records, finding aids, descriptions of digital content - is a major asset of the library community. Agreement is growing on the benefits of transforming this wealth into linked data. Much experimentation is taking place. However, production-quality tools and infrastructure for linked data are in their infancy. This pre-conference will bring together catalogers and programmers to initiate the systematic, consensus-building approach needed to make Library Linked Data reality.

Building Digital Collections Using Islandora
This session will introduce the key concepts underpinning the Islandora Digital Asset Management system.  Participants will learn the basics of running this rich repository system and how to utilize common "solution packs" to create and theme collections in Islandora. Participants will learn how to begin modeling and curating custom data collections, and how to migrate from other repository systems, including ContentDM, DSpace and more. Textbooks and system access will be provided; participants should bring computers.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

LITA 101: Open House

LITA Open House is a great opportunity for current and prospective members to talk with Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leaders and learn how to make connections and become more involved in LITA activities.

Saturday, June 23

8:00 - 9:00 am 

LITA Committee and Interest Groups Chairs Meeting

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Reaching Your Patrons with the Mobile Web: Tips and Tricks for Customer Service Success
We've all been there - you create a new service which has everything everyone wants.... except your customers. Learn to work effectively to create a mobile web app that will be loved by your customers. Scottsdale Public Library Staff will take you through creating the Gimme Engine and discuss the research, technology, and marketing plan that made it a success.  For any library new to mobile with little/no internal development expertise.

“I can do it all by myself”: Exploring new roles for libraries and mediating technologies in addressing the Do-It-Yourself mindset of library patrons
Users are increasingly self-reliant in their information seeking behavior. Where is the place for the personal interaction with librarians in this new paradigm? Join an active conversation to explore (a) What the DIY user behaviors are, (b) how libraries can respond to them in terms of new services, fiscal and personnel resources, and technologies, and (c) how to leverage technology to create online or face-to-face mediation opportunities that would be welcomed by users.

Getting Started with Cloud Computing using Amazon Web Services
Cloud computing has been gaining popularity in libraries. The session is a beginner's guide to using Amazon web services. It is intended to provide a step-by-step, hands-on session using Amazon cloud computing services, primarily using EC2. Learners will be able to launch /stop/terminate a Linux/Windows instance, create / attach / detach new storage, make / launch instance images, securely copy/delete files, and install / remove a library application such as DSpace on the instance.

8:00 am - 12 noon

Linked Data & Next Generation Catalogs
“Linked data,” a recommended best practice for exposing, sharing and connecting pieces of data information and knowledge on the Semantic Web, is expected to be fully embraced by the next generation catalogs already in the later stages of development. During this session, attendees will learn about the basic concepts of linked data and the impacts and benefits of adapting linked data in the area of future bibliographical control. To supplement our discussion, developers from a few next generation catalog systems will demonstrate their implementations of linked data.

9:30 - 11:30 am

LITA Joint Committees and Interest Groups Meetings
Groups meeting: Transliteracy Interest Group; Instructional Technologies Interest Group; Technology and Industry Interest Group; Membership Development Committee;  2012 National Forum Planning Committee; 2013 National Forum Planning Committee; Education Committee, Technology and Access Committee

10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI) (ALCTS/LITA/RUSA)

Comparing Discovery and Search Tools
Colleagues at Bucknell and Illinois Wesleyan University collaborated in a research project designed to compare two discovery search tools (Summon and EBSCO Discovery Service), Google Scholar and the use of library databases.  Eighty students completed per-determined search tasks and a debriefing interview.  Analysis of the results has resulted in a deeper understanding of the strengths and weakness of these tools, how students obtain and evaluate information, and the value of library instruction.

Kuali OLE: Community Ready Software for Your Library!
Kuali OLE (pronounced oh-lay) is in the first year of building a community-source library management system that takes advantage of existing Kuali Foundation software. Operating since July 2010, and supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kuali OLE is one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States. This program will provide an overview of our current software release and how you can get involved with Kuali OLE at your library.

Back to Basics: Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Basic Digital Literacy to Underserved Populations
Many different underserved populations often don’t possess basic digital literacy skills necessary for 21st century work and life. How are libraries meeting those basic needs? What works and doesn't work? How do you identify patrons in need of remedial and basic computer skills training? How should differences in population be handled (Adult basic education, ESL learners, older adults etc)? Examples of successful programs, customization to fit specific populations' needs and funding strategies will be covered.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Web Coordinating Committee

Publications Committee

Library Code Year Interest Group (LITA/ALCTS)

Bylaws and Organization Committee

Utilizing Patron Driven Acquisitions Technology to Connect 455,00 Users at 23 College Campuses
We’ll discuss the process of implementing, conducting, and evaluating a consortial patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) pilot involving two vendors (Coutts and YBP), 23 California State University campus libraries, and almost half a million users. We’ll explain how technology is enabling libraries to develop and share just-in-time collections of ebooks, and present the results of the pilot in light of the ongoing conversation about what that might mean for library faculty, staff, budgets, and most importantly, users.

IT Project Management for Libraries - What Works? What Really Really Doesn't
How to apply the fundamentals of solid IT project management in libraries without alienating everyone you work with: Mining years of experience figuring out what doesn't work, this session will focus on the project management elements that consistently come through in order to get it done: assessing new technologies, getting buy-in, defining scope, staying on task and within budget, demonstrating ROI and actually crossing the finish line and celebrating a successful project.

New Library Technology Paradigms:  OS vs Black Box vs Hybrids
Some libraries build new Open Source Products, some adopt existing ones and others buy packaged products. How do libraries make the choice? What are the trade-offs, benefits and pitfalls of building something in house, using an existing OS solution, buying something out of the box or building a hybrid solution. Our panelists will talk about how and why they build systems and what drives their decision making processes.

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

How to Quickly Build a Web App Using Drupal
We will demonstrate techniques for pulling together a web application using Drupal 7 along with modules and other free components. We will focus on creating a site that provides a good see experience and has a distinctive look without taking a huge effort.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

International Relations Committee

Assessment and Research Committee

Standards Interest Group

Electronic Resources Management Interest Group

This session of the ERM Interest Group focuses on the role that library initiated ERMS continue to play in the ERM marketplace. Major developments are taking place with the focus on ILS and ERM integration in systems such as ExLibris’ ALMA, Innovative’s Sierra and the Kuali OLE project but many libraries still choose to develop their own ERMS or turn to solutions created and offered by other libraries such as CUFTS, CORAL, ERMes and Gold Rush. This session includes presentations from representatives of these library initiated ERMS and will highlight the value and impact that these systems continue to have on the ERMS marketplace both now and in the future.


Bylaws and Organization Committee II

Traveling the Spectrum: From Interstellar Adventures to Epic Fantasy, the influence of Science Fiction and Fantasy on the world today
Science Fiction and Fantasy are ever increasingly mainstream genres. Is this because authors are gearing their works towards a wider audience, or is it because big budget films and television shows are spotlighting the genres? As a means for social commentary, what do modern works have to say about the society that gave them birth? Come listen to George R. R. Martin and Blake Charlton (both courtesy of Tor Publishing) speak on the subject.

Making Textbooks Affordable: A Successful Initiative at a University Library
The "Affordable Learning Solutions" initiative is a California State University system-wide push to lower student costs by encouraging the use of freely- and cheaply-available (mostly digital) alternatives to textbooks. This presentation will detail how the initiative was successfully implemented by CSU Dominguez Hills, a mid-sized campus serving traditionally underprivileged students. We will discuss problems encountered when encouraging faculty to buy into new course reading technologies, as well as strategies for overcoming them.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MARC Formats Interest Group
The current focus of the MARC Formats Interest Group is on issues related to the Library of Congress's Bibliographic Transition project. In recent years this group has held a series of discussion meetings on questions surrounding what users and libraries need in the new environment, and the practices and technologies that may allow these needs to be met. The group will continue to explore this theme at ALA Annual.

Sunday, June 24

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Program Planning Committee

Mobile Computing Interest Group

LITA Mobile Computing IG will discuss its members’ current work and present and future trends in mobile computing and the use of mobile devices at their libraries. The meeting may include a few short presentations.


Nominating Committee, 2013 Election

Imagineering Interest Group

International Library Partnerships:  Logistical and Technical Issues Relating to International Digitization Projects
Organizations are engaged in collaborative preservation projects with institutions across the world.  Yan Han representing the Afghan Digitization Project and David Magier representing the Yemeni Manuscript Project will discuss these unique partnerships. Jon Voss will discuss how through History Pin, collaborations can effect access. We'll explore the technical and logistical requirements of working on these types of international projects as well as the benefits these relationships can reap.

8:00 am - 12 noon

Long-term Stewardship of Scientific Data: Your Library Can Participate in DataONE
This session will demonstrate how libraries participate in DataONE (NSF-funded DataNet partner) by installing and running a Member Node which stores accessible copies of biological and environmental data as part of DataONE's global network. 1: Introduction to DataONE 2: How libraries participate in DataONE 3: Demonstration of installing and running a Member Node 4: Linking DataONE to library search systems 5: DataONE education and outreach services 6: How to join the DataONE User's Group.

10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Heads of Library Technology Interest Group

HoLT provides a forum and support network for people with administrative responsibility for technology and computing in a library setting.  Beyond the standard meeting activities (introductions, announcements, HoLT business, our program for ALA Annual, etc), HoLT is primarily a round-table discussion of current (and future) IT issues facing attendees

Linked Library Data Interest Group (LITA/ALCTS)

The annual business meeting of the Linked Library Data Interest Group will begin with a short talks from members involved in linked data projects. We will also continue discussions of how this IG can further education and activities in the Linked Data arena, look at the LODLAM Zotero group as a mechanism for sharing resources, and discuss programming for Midwinter and Annual 2013. The remainder of the meeting will be devoted to a brainstorming discussion on the Library of Congress' Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, output of which will be submitted to LC.


Game Making Interest Group
At the inaugural meeting of the Game Making Interest Group, we will have a panel of librarians involved in game making at their libraries speak about the process of game creation. Their will be time for discussion and questions after the panel discussion. During the last half of the meeting, the group will decide what direction the interest group should take and discuss future ideas.

Internet Resources and Services Interest Group

The LITA Internet Resources and Services Interest Group (IRSIG) business meeting will elect a new vice.  Victor Baeza will step into the chair position as Sarah Passonneau completes her term. The group will discuss best Internet resources and services resources that could be developed put into a WordPress blog or another open source product.  Your suggestions are welcome.  Come pitch ideas for creating and disseminating a top 50 list of internet resources.  Vote for you new vice-chair.  Be part of the iplanning group stages for the 2013 Ultimate Debate Program  one of LITA’s premiere events..


3, 2, 1...Action: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Using Technology to Make Homegrown Promotional Videos
Thinking about developing a promotional video to market your library? Whatever the subject—a new library space, special collections, or an introduction for first-year students, it’s up to you to create it!  Come listen to the behind-the-scenes story of Towson University’s Cook Library’s award-winning video, “Civility: That’s Our Policy.” We will discuss the nuts and bolts of creating a video from story boarding and gathering actors to copyright and technology needs to advertising your finished product.

Online personal archiving: Preserving Your Record for the Future
A digital dark age is nearing: how can we preserve what we create online, personally and professionally, including original content from social media, so it is available and easily mined years from now?  We'll discuss the challenges of online personal archiving, including how digital data is being created and stored and other preservation issues. Strategies for helping patrons learn effective curation and archiving their personal and scholarly information will be shared during this session.

Trends in Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is having a transformative impact on how libraries approach our information systems, our services and our data.  As more libraries turn to the cloud they are exploring approaches data/metadata management, data curation and patron services.  The Cloud Computing panel will feature work from the District of Columbia Public Library, San Diego Super Computer Center, the University of Arizona, and the University of Maryland.

Responsive Web Design: get beyond the myth of the mobile Web
A responsive website adapts to each users' device, changing its presentation through fluid grids, scalable images, and CSS3 media queries. I'll give an introduction to responsive design, and then walk through creating a simple responsive library webpage that looks great on every device and eliminates the need to maintain separate websites for "desktop" and "mobile" devices, while offering equal access to all.

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee II (ALCTS/LITA/RUSA)

Authority Control Interest Group (LITA/ALCTS)

Sunday Afternoon with LITA

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Top Technology Trends & LITA Awards Presentation
This program features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts. The panelists will describe changes and advances in  technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to  take advantage of these trends. Presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships will take place prior to the Top Tech Trends program.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Research, Digital Scholarship and Implications for Libraries (LITA President's Program)

Tony Hey and Clifford Lynch will discuss the emergence of the ‘fourth paradigm’ for scientific research – involving the acquisition, management and analysis of vast quantities of scientific data and will illustrate the changes this will have on scientific discovery; the details of how this will be accomplished are only beginning to emerge. Libraries have the opportunity to play a leading role in this digital scholarship revolution as advocates in the development of policies and social consensus about what constitutes the intellectual and social record that will support ongoing scholarship. Hosted by LITA President, Colleen Cuddy.

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

LITA Happy Hour
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. Location selected in May; cash bar.

Monday, June 25

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Universal Accessibility Interest Group

Search Engine Optimization Interest Group

MARC Formats Interest Group Business Meeting

iPads for Staff Use
The popularity of Apple products for mobile access has increased staff demand.  Cost and incompatibility issues with the ILS and Active Directory make it challenging to support Macs and loaner iPads don’t allow staff to fully realize the tablet’s potential.  Duke Libraries have begun to deploy iPads for individual use paired with PC desktops to address compatibility issues and offset cost.  This presentation will discuss implementation, budgeting, and staff experience of the program.

Current Technology in Libraries: Flash Presentations
Join us for a series of 20 minute presentations on how technology is being used in libraries right now! Presenters will be announced online in May.

Data Management: What is the library's role?
The panel will examine the variety of roles that libraries have taken in developing data management services and programs, the effectiveness of collaborative teams inside and outside of the library as initiatives are developed, and outreach efforts to bring the tools to the researchers. Speakers will provide examples of how the work has been deployed and discuss the roles that metadata librarians, libraries, and other collaborative departments have played in implementation.

Current Issues in Accessibility: How Blind and Learning Disabled   Patrons Use Audio  to Access the Internet
This series of presentations will focus  on how patrons with disabilities access the internet. We'll demo how a blind user utilizes his/her screen reader to access  the  Internet. Speakers will also discuss accessibility issues in higher  education based on the EDUCAUSE report, talk about differences between  accessibility for people with visual disabilities and accessibility  for people with learning disabilities,  and present research  findings regarding web accessibility at North  American University  Libraries.

8:00 am - 12 noon

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks: Using Technology to Train and Manage Student Employees
Most academic libraries employ student workers, but rarely do we discuss the impact of current and emerging technology on both student employees and supervisors when assessing workflow.  We will discuss implementing Captivate, LibGuides, SharePoint, and Blackboard to improve and enhance the training, communication, and supervision of student employees. We'll cover the strengths/weaknesses, potential learning curves of each technology and obstacles encountered  to empower others to use various technologies to manage their own student employees.

10:30 am - 12:00 noon

ITAL Editorial Board

Cloud Computing & Virtualization Interest Group

Library Consortia and Systems Interest Group

Technology Five Step Support Group
"This is a roundtable “support group” specifically for recovering librarians who worked on unsuccessful technology initiatives.  The facilitator(s) will group librarians by specialty; each group will address the following questions:
1. What new technology did you try to implement in your library?; 2. What made the project unsuccessful?; 3. What did you learn from the experience?; 4. Are you going to try to do the project again?; 5. What will you do differently this time?

It Takes a Village:  Implementing a Homegrown Solution for Streaming Video Resources
Limited to streaming only those videos a vendor hosted, ASU Libraries sought to expand  collection options with a trial project for hosting content locally. Kaltura, was selected as the platform, but Kaltura does not work out of the box. This presentation will cover how using Drupal, along with Kaltura, we built a working video hosting solution.  The presentation will cover administrative hurdles, stumbling blocks, pitfalls, enhancements, and lessons learned along the way.

Focus on the Future: Connecting Books & The 21st Century Reader
Technology is changing the way we promote literacy. This workshop will demonstrate how public libraries and schools can collaborate to integrate technology into book groups, classrooms and in the library to connect kids with books!  Learn how these non-tech savvy users create and use book trailers, blogs, twitter, glogster (and more!) to get kids fired up about reading.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee III (ALCTS/LITA/RUSA)

The Ultimate Debate: Cloud Computing: Floating or Free Falling?
The Ultimate Debate returns for the seventh straight year with a lively discussion over the promises and pitfalls of cloud computing. Three panelists will tease out the various components of cloud computing to give you the insight needed to decide if you should be in the clouds or on terra firma.

Scaling Drupal: Building a 4 Million+ Union Catalog
Using Drupal, the Genesee Valley School Library System built a 4M+ record union catalog to meet the needs of over 400 school libraries in the Greater Rochester (NY) Region. The team behind, including the Drupal in Libraries Library Technology Reports co-authors Christopher Harris and Andy Austin, talk large scale Drupal development including external search engines, theming, the challenges of FRBR, and database scalability.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

LITA Board of Directors Meeting II

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

IT Tactical and Strategic Planning in the Library
This session will discuss effective planning for new technology in your library, such as gathering pertinent analytics, creating a sense of urgency for projects, defining and communicating with stakeholders, developing criteria for prioritizing projects, and developing outcomes that can be measured. Participants will develop a checklist which outlines the steps to follow at their home library. Keeping everyone informed to create transparency in project progress and change management will also be covered.

Building a Library Lab for Emerging Technology--No Research Programmers Required
When you don't have a team of technologists or research programmers, how do you stay at the cutting edge of technology? Building a library lab (whether virtual or physical) with your library's patrons as assistants leverages them to learn new technology and influence technology adoption at the library. This program will show the process of designing a library lab and get participants started on building their own.

Drive your project forward with Scrum
NPR Librarian, Janel Kinlaw, shares lessons learned from adapting Scrum, an agile process framework, to content management projects.   She’ll discuss how this approach freed the team to innovate in structuring projects, gathering feedback from end-users in real-time, identifying risk and scope creep sooner and aligning library goals to the broader objectives of the organization.  Janel will demonstrate where the Scrum process took us further than traditional methodologies.