LITA at 2016 Annual for first time attendees

2015 ALA Annual Conference  

Information to help you in Orlando and at the conference

As a new to LITA attendee be sure to check out the LITA @ ALA Annual page:
Pay particular attention to the LITA Open House, Friday June 24, 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Rosen Centre, Room Salon 09/10
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.
There will also be a happy hour:
LITA Happy Hour, Sunday, June 26 • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Rosen Centre Hotel, Sam & Bubbe’s Lobby Bar
9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 996-9840
Meet ups are an ideal way to help you meet LITA members, find out about the division and network with your colleagues.  The LITA @ ALA Annual page also details a number of the most significant and popular LITA programs at ALA Annual.

Interest Groups

LITA has several interest groups who will be meeting at Annual.  These meetups are more informal than committees and are a great way to keep updated on issues and topics which interest you.  The cover topics such as mobile computing, user experience, women in technology, and more.  For further information, please visit our page dedicated to Interest Group meetings at Annual 2016.

Other Information

Orlando support activities and resources: ALA President Sari Feldman’s statement expresses the importance of joining together to support the community in Orlando. ALA is working with member groups and local organizations to plan activities as well as to provide information and resources to help you feel comfortable and safe. You will find lists and links to a wide range of related resources on the conference website.
Your conference badge: It will be waiting for you at registration in the convention center when you arrive. Please contact if you can’t locate the email confirmation that included your registration information.
Stay cool in Orlando: Follow the 4 L’s: Layers, Liquids, Lighten, Leisurely. There’s an FAQ on the website that includes an Onsite section with details about the 4 L’s.
Scheduling and keeping track: Use the Conference Scheduler and mobile app to plan, prioritize, track, get updates, and add sessions, programs, events, and exhibitors to your personal calendar. Social media is a great way to keep up, ask your questions, and get updates: #alaac16 on Twitter; the Facebook Event; Pinterest; Tumblr; and #alaac16 on Instagram. You’ll find a range of conference-related practical information and tips on the conference website.

First-time attendee? Use these helpful tips if you are a first-timer.

Accessibility: If you require help or accommodations, please email or call the Accessibility Services Desk at (407) 685-4004. Page 6 of the program book offers a full list of accessibility services and where to find them onsite.
Exhibits and other highlights: Check out who is exhibiting and start planning your time in the exhibits, including events on the various stages. Get highlights from the pre-show digital issues of the show daily Cognotes and additional recommendations from American Libraries’ popular conference preview and dining guide.
Local transportation and attractions: The ALSC Local Arrangements Committee put together this excellent list of tips for 2016 Annual Conference including Orlando-area transportation. Find out more about Orlando-area attractions from the dedicated Orlando Convention and Visitors’ Bureau website.
We look forward to seeing you in Orlando next week.


First time at ALA Annual Conference? Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. 
ALA wants your first Annual Conference to be extraordinary, and we hope these tools and tips will help make that happen.

ALA Ambassadors help make the connection

ALA Ambassadors (ALA members who are longtime Annual Conference-goers) will be available throughout the conference and in the new ALA Lounge. ALA ambassadors can help you make connections to programs, people, and places so your conference time is well spent. Look for the Roving Ambassadors around the conference site, too, with royal blue ribbons and “ASK ME” buttons, ready to answer your questions on the go. 

ALA Lounge (brought to you by ALA membership)

Visit the new ALA Lounge to connect with colleagues from the New Members Round Table (NMRT) and other members, as well as ALA staff who can help answer your questions about the conference, your membership, the Libraries Transform campaign, and the many things happening at ALA. You can also find ALA Ambassadors here, ready to help you (and anyone looking for a conference refresher, first-timer or not) make connections to programs, people, and places so your conference time is well spent. 
Find us at the ALA Lounge.
Look for the royal blue ribbons and “ASK ME” buttons that all Ambassadors will be wearing.  They are ready to help.
Tweet or DM us your question at
Visit the Networking Uncommons where there’s always someone to help.
Ask other attendees around you; they’ve all been first timers.

ALA JobLIST Placement Center

The ALA JobLIST Placement Center in the Convention Center is open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, with an orientation on Saturday, June 27, 8:30am. Stop by the Open House on Sunday, June 28, 10:30am – 12:00 noon for a special chance to talk to numerous employers. Free services for jobseekers include résumé posting on the JobLIST website (, career guidance workshops, conversations with a career counselor, résumé review, photography, and the chance to talk to employers in the Placement Center.

Tips from the New Members Round Table for a successful ALA Conference

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Explore your interests and learn something new. Wear your nametag to meetings and social events. Bring business cards. Use the maps provided in this program book. Take advantage of the free conference shuttles. For last-minute changes check the show daily, Cognotes; the Conf-erence Scheduler at or; and/or Twitter (#alaac16).

Design Your Conference
Use the conference scheduler to design your experience--match the programs, poster sessions, discussion groups, speaker series, and social events to your interests, expertise, and organization’s initiatives. (See p. XX for information on downloading the mobile app, or check Schedule your days around times and places, and have alternate events in mind just in case — and it’s ok to arrive late or leave early. Allocate plenty of time for the Exhibits.
Network and Stay Connected
Meet people and network like mad — talk to others, ask questions, share information, and learn from the thousands of other attendees, ALA staff, and exhibitors. You may just meet a potential collaborator, mentor, or friend for life. Keep connections — make notes and send follow-ups to the contacts and presenters you meet. When you get home, apply your experiences, review your notes, and share new ideas you learned with your co-workers.

Sessions of Interest to New Members

Conference 101: Orient Yourself
ALA Divisions and Round Tables sponsor 101 programs throughout the weekend. These 101 programs will help you plan your conference experience based on your work or the type of library in which you work. Get expert advice on programs to attend, exhibitors to visit, parties to enjoy, and other ways to get the most out of being here. Programs especially for new attendees are highlighted in the Scheduler. 
Plan to attend at least one of these informative programs, especially if you’re a first-time attendee. 
Friday, June 24 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Regency Ballroom T 
Saturday, June 25 • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Rosen Centre, Room Salon 05/06 
Saturday, June 25 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rosen Centre, Room Salon 03/04 
Saturday, June 25 • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
OCCC, Room W221
Friday, June 24 • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
OCCC, Room W101
Saturday, June 25 • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
OCCC, Room W105A
Saturday, June 25 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Rosen Centre, Room Salon 01/02 
Friday, June 24 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rosen Centre, Room Salon 09/10
Friday, June 24 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hilton Orlando, Room Florida Ballroom 1-2 
Friday, June 24 • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
OCCC, Room W109B
Friday, June 24 • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
OCCC--Room W109A
Sunday, June 26 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rosen Centre, Room Salon 01/02 
Friday, June 24 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W107