LITA Interest Groups Sessions at 2016 Annual

2015 ALA Annual Conference

LITA Interest Group discussion sessions descriptions listed by day, time, alphabetical by IG name, and multi-division IGs. See all LITA discussion sessions in the ALA Scheduler.


Friday, June 24, 2016

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LITA New Member Interest Group
If you are interested in the newly formed LITA New Member Interest Group, we hope you will join us at the LITA Open House, Friday at 3pm in the Rosen Centre, Salon 09/10. We’ll have an email sign-up available so that we can start planning and getting the IG going. We started the interest group to help LITA members get the most out of their memberships by finding and creating “pathways for participation.” If you are a new(ish) LITA member and are looking for ways to get involved, this will be a great opportunity! And if you’re an experienced LITA member, we’d love to hear your voice about how to get the most of LITA. Hope to see you there!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Linked Library Data Interest Group (ALCTS, ALCTS CMMS, and LITA)

  • OpenVIVO: a hosted platform for representing scholarly work - Michael Conlon
  • Linked Data for Production : Research Questions and Project Goals - Jason Kovari and Nancy Lorimer
  • Linking People: Developing Collaborative Regional Vocabularies - Jeremy Myntti and Anna Neatrour

10:30 am - 11:30 am

LITA Instructional Technologies Interest Group
The LITA Instructional Technologies Interest Group explores emerging technologies for library instruction, shares ideas and best practices.

A forum for discussion and exploration of ways to deliver services and engage users beyond the desktop, including mobile usability, e-book issues, wearable technology, device lending, and mobile devices in instruction. Come and discuss mobile devices and library services!

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

LITA Drupal4Lib Interest Group
Join members of the Drupal4Lib IG for a lively discussion of current issues facing librarians working with Drupal at any skill level. In addition to our usual open forum, we will have short presentations from community experts on various topics related to Drupal in libraries (see the online scheduler for details). Bring your questions and meet your fellow Drupalers!

LITA Emerging Technologies Interest Group
Round table discussion on emerging technologies in libraries.

LITA E-rate and CIPA Interest Group
The LITA E-rate & CIPA Interest Group is a new group. It is designed to provide a discussion forum for libraries participating in the modernized E-rate application process, exploring the new Category 2 funding opportunities and sharing issues with meeting CIPA requirements. We will be formulating a charge at the first meeting at ALA annual.

Universal Accessibility Interest Group
Joint ACRL / ASCLA / LITA working group where members work together on projects related to making all kinds of libraries and library services accessible for users with disabilities.

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group
The LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group provides a discussion forum for those using or interested in open source software in libraries and discuss future projects for the group.

MARC Formats Transition Interest Group (ALCTS, ALCTS CMMS, and LITA)
Our program will begin with a short business meeting and introduction of our new incoming Chair, followed by two presentations:

  • RDA: alive, well, and still speaking MARC - Diane Hillmann
  • Libhub at Multnomah County Library - Erica Findley

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

LITA Women in Technology Interest Group
First meeting of this new LITA interest group. Meet to discuss future topics, programs and signi up for communication channels. Begin networking - GO!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

10:30 am to 11:30 am

The Imagineering Interest Group will meet to discuss the group's future plans. Please attend if you are interested in becoming more involved with the group or helping plan for the future.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Electronic Resources Management Interest Group
The ALCTS/LITA ERM Interest Group, in collaboration with the ALCTS Acquisitions Section Acquisitions Technology Committee, will host a panel entitled "Meeting the E-resource Challenge: Utilizing ERMS in Libraries.” The program will feature a panel of public and academic librarians talking about their experiences with ERMS.

Authority Control Interest Group
The ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group meeting will include the following presentations:

  • Update on the Toolkit - Gary Strawn
  • Update on Linked Data for Production - Philip E. Schreur
  • Incorporating the Library of Congress literature, general and music lcgft terms into the authorities database of your local ILS - Rosemary Groenwald
  • Cynthia Whitacre, Manager, WorldCat Quality, OCLC

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

LITA User Experience Interest Group
Annual meeting of the User Experience Interest Group. Join us for some great UX conversation! We will be joined by three special guests: Aaron Schmidt, principal at Influx Library User Experience Consulting and host of usability blog will join us via Internet to discuss principles of library UX design and fill us in on some exciting projects going on at several Florida libraries. We will also have live and in-person Paolo Melillo, Branch Manager of the Orange County Library System to talk about their library promotion and marketing program using iBeacon technology (see his article in Marketing Library Services from Information Today: “Promoting With iBeacon Technology: A Virtual Tap on the Shoulder”). Last, but not least, Nadine Nance, Access Services Coordinator at the Warren Library of Palm Beach Atlantic University will share her experience where in 2014 her library embarked upon a journey to build a fun, productive, and truly exciting experience for library staff that resulted in a more user-friendly library for their patrons.


Monday, June 27, 2016

10:30 am to 11:30 am

LITA Game Making Interest Group
The Game Making Interest Group will meet to discuss future plans of the group. We are looking for new officers and look forward to having more librarians involved. All are welcome to attend, including library science students!
LITA Maker Technology Interest Group
The Maker Technology Interest Group, formerly known as the 3D Printing Interest Group, welcomes anyone to come and help continue the group's direction as it expands to include other maker technologies beyond 3D printers.