LITA Events at ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting

2010 LITA Midwinter Meeting Schedule

LITA Midwinter Workshops: Friday, January 15, 2010, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs

Speaker: Karen Coombs, University of Houston subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it's easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming and are encouraged to bring a laptop for hands-on participation.

Writing for the Web

Speaker: Brenda Reeb, University of Rochester

Learn how to present text and words on a webpage in ways that enhance findability and readability of webpage content. You have the opportunity to receive feedback on your own writing during the workshop and critique web copy on sites selected by the presenter.

Leave the workshop with quick-fixes you can apply to your site immediately as well as strategies for tackling long range projects that will enhance the quality of your library website.


  • LITA member: $220
  • ALA member: $315
  • Nonmember: $495

LITA Networking Dinners

Arriving in Boston on Thursday and looking for a little food and networking? Sign up for a no-host LITA networking dinner.

6:30pm at Skipjack's
199 Clarendon Street
Coordinated by Donald Lemke, LITA Membership Development Committee Chair

6:30pm at Durgin-Park
340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl
Coordinated by Emily Symonds, LITA Membership Development Committee Member

Another no-host networking dinner is being offered on Friday following the LITA Happy Hour:

7:00pm at 606 Congress
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
606 Congress St
(617) 476-5606
Coordinated by Donald Lemke, LITA Membership Development Committee Chair

If you plan to attend, please send a message to indicating which dinner(s) you plan to attend, so that we may confirm reservations. You may also sign up for Friday's dinner onsite at LITA Preconferences or Happy Hour.

LITA Happy Hour

Friday, January 15, 2010

"Library" at Capiz Bar

Renaissance Boston Waterfront
606 Congress St

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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. Cash Bar.

LITA President-Elect Karen Starr hosts the LITA Town Meeting

Monday, January 18, 2010

8:00 am - 10:00 am, Boston Convention Center, Room 151A/B

Meet your fellow LITA members, and participate in a conversation about how LITA responds to and involves its membership in the larger information, association, community-building, and technology-related landscape.  LITA is known in ALA for its ability to handle change and be nimble in providing services to its members.

For the last two years, the LITA Executive Committee, Board, and Committee and Interest Group chairs have engaged in strategic thinking sessions.  We have also gathered feedback from members during previous Town Meetings. Meet members of the LITA Board at the Town Meeting and provide input regarding issues identified during those sessions and contribute your own.  As part of this dialogue the issues identified during the meeting will be prioritized and provided to the LITA Board for its discussions.

Your input as a LITA member in the discussion about how LITA operates in today’s world is very important to the success of the organization.  Please do take some time and attend the Town Meeting.  For those LITA members who are not able to attend the Town Meeting, information about other avenues of input will be made available.