LITA Highlights at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

2015 ALA Annual Conference

Complete LITA schedule with room assignments now available


LITA Preconferences: Friday, June 26, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Creating Better Tutorials Through User-Centered Instructional Design
Moscone Convention Center 2008 (W)

Presenters: Yvonne Mery, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Arizona; Leslie Sult, Associate Librarian, University of Arizona; and Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries

Have you wanted to involve users as you design interactive e-learning, but aren’t sure where to start?  In this unique, hands-on workshop, you will learn the core and emerging principles of instructional and user experience design and apply what you have learned to design, develop, and test a tutorial you create. Workshop facilitators will cover topics including design thinking, user-centered pedagogy, user interface prototyping, and intercept usability testing while providing hands-on practice in each area.

Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies - in Your Library or Anywhere!
Moscone Convention Center 2010 (W)

Presenters: Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director Black Girls CODE; and Lake Raymond, Program Coordinator Black Girls CODE
Black Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and grow the number of women of color working in technology. LITA is devoted to putting on programs that promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology. Together, BCG and LITA offer this full day pre-conference workshop, designed to turn reasonably tech savvy librarians into master technology teachers. The workshop will help attendees develop effective lesson plans and design projects their students can complete successfully in their own coding workshops. The schedule will feature presentations in the morning followed by afternoon breakout workgroups, in which attendees can experiment with programming languages such as Scratch, Ruby on Rails, and more.

Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace: Panel of Inventors & Librarians Working Together for a More Creative Tomorrow
Noisebridge Hacker Space, 2169 Mission St. San Francisco

Presenters: Mitch Altman, Co-founder of Noisebridge, President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics; Tod Colegrove, Head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada - Reno; Angi Chau, Director of Bourn Idea Lab, Castilleja School (Palo Alto,CA); Brandon (BK) Klevence, Maker Mentor and Prototyper, The Maker Jawn Initiative (Philadelphia, PA); Tara M Radniecki, Engineering Librarian at DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Daniel Verbit, MLIS Candidate, University of Alabama

Computers have changed our lives, but what do we really know about them? Library/information centers can provide answers. Via this hackerspace hosted innovative and experiential session, attendees will learn practical skills such as soldering and learning the basics of Arduino programing and being able to create and adapt programs for their own needs. A panel of Silicon Valley insiders and librarians will share how their institutions programs on programming contribute to analytical thinking.
(An additional materials fee of $25, payable at the door, may apply for this session.)

Check out this welcoming Video from Mitch Altman, co-founder of the Noisebridge Hacker space.


  •  LITA Member $235
  •  ALA Member $350
  •  Non-Member $380
To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial conference registration or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don't have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing You also have the option of registering for a preconference only. To receive the LITA member pricing during the registration process on the Personal Information page enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015

Interest Groups Discussion Sessions

Find days, times and locations of LITA Interest Groups discussions using this scheduler link.
Check out this page for fuller descriptions for some of the discussion sessions

LITA Open House, Friday June 26, 2015, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Moscone Convention Center, Room 2005 (W)

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.

Sunday Afternoon with LITA, June 28, 2015

Top Technology Trends

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Moscone Convention Center 3014-3016 (W)

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. This year's panelists are:

  • Sarah Houghton (Moderator) 
  • Carson Block
  • Andrea Davis
  • Grace Dunbar
  • Bonnie Tijerina


More information on Top Tech Trends go to:

LITA Awards Presentation & LITA President's Program with Lou Rosenfeld

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Moscone Convention Center 3014-3016 (W)

Speaker: Lou Rosenfeld

Lou RosenfeldLITA President Rachel Vacek welcomes Lou Rosenfeld to present on the latest cutting edge issues of concern to technology librarians.

You've heard a lot about—and maybe even tried to do something—about user experience. And naturally, you have questions. Do librarians have an edge when it comes to UX, or are we behind UX's other feeder disciplines? Why is UX research so important for libraries? Can libraries even afford to provide good experiences these days? Lou Rosenfeld sits squarely at the intersection of UX and librarianship (and hopes not to get run over). He is a former librarian who many consider one of the "fathers of information architecture” and who now publishes books on user experience. He'll tackle your questions with moderation from LITA President Rachel Vacek—and may even answer some. 

Lou Rosenfeld has been instrumental in helping establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within those fields. Lou is co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O’Reilly; 4th edition to be published in 2015) and Search Analytics for Your Site (Rosenfeld Media, 2011), co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute and the Information Architecture Summit and Enterprise UX conferences, and a former columnist for Internet World, CIO, and Web Review magazines.
Lou founded the ground-breaking information architecture consultancy Argus Associates in the early 1990s. As an independent consultant, he has helped a variety of large and highly-political enterprises make their information more findable, including Caterpillar, PayPal, Ford, AT&T, the Centers for Disease Control, Accenture, and the NCAA. Lou now manages Rosenfeld Media, which publishes some of the best-loved books in user experience, produces UX events, and equips UX teams with coaching and training. Follow Lou @louisrosenfeld

LITA Happy Hour

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: DaDa Bar, 86 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 357-1367

This year marks a special LITA Happy Hour as we celebrate the career of our soon to retire Executive Director Mary Taylor.  Make sure you join the LITA Membership Development Committee and LITA members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks; cash bar.  Help us cheer Mary onto her next adventures.