LITA Highlights at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

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LITA Midwinter Workshops: Friday, January 25, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5

Washington State Convention Center, TCC 204

Speaker: Jason Clark, Montana State University
Geolocation, Native video, Offline storage, Semantic markup elements, Responsive web design, Canvas elements, Voice input, Drag and Drop, Opacity, Gradients... HTML5 has been released and is changing the way web developers work. With wide support in mobile browsers and the latest browser releases from Google and Firefox, HTML5 is poised to be the technology that will help build the next version of the Web. In this workshop, we'll look at some of the possibilities, trends, and enhancements that HTML5, CSS3, and the new Javascript APIs enable. As a workshop deliverable, we'll talk through the specifics of implementation and work through building a prototype HTML5 application.

Developing a Web Analytics Strategy for Your Library: Using Data to Measure Success 

Washington State Convention Center, TCC 205

Speakers: Tabatha Farney, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District
Web analytics strategy combines the library's mission, identified website goals, and customized Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure those goals. A web analytics strategy is essential for libraries because it helps them focus on the data that matters and defines what a library expects from an effective site. It also guides future development of the site and indicates potential areas for usability testing. The workshop covers important web analytics concepts, metrics, and reports, discusses best practices for creating a web analytics strategy, specifically focusing on goal creation and selecting KPIs that fit; and demonstrates how to review the website use data to determine if the site is meeting the set expectations and the actions to take if it is not. Recommendations on how to report and share this data will also be included. By the end of the session, each participant will have a beginning draft to a web analytics strategy that contains measurable goals and identified KPIs that fit their library's needs. While no prior experience with web analytics is required, participants should have access to the web analytics tool used to track they website they want to focus on in this session.

    LITA Member $235
    ALA Member $350
    Non-Member $380


  • Register online for the ALA Midwinter Meeting and add a LITA Institute.
  • It is possible to register for a workshop without registering for the entire ALA Midwinter Meeting. To register only for a workshop using the online form; in section "Registration Type," select "Institutes and Ticketed Events Only" then select the workshop in section "Your Events." When you check out, you will pay only for the workshop.
    • You may also add a workshop to your existing Midwinter registration by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 or accessing your registration online.
  • You may also register onsite in Seattle.

LITA 201

Friday, January 25, 4:00-5:00pm, Washington State Convention Center, Room 611-614

ALA is a broad organization, and it can be difficult to find your niche among so many groups.  That's why LITA offers LITA 201, a more specific orientation to involvement in LITA.  Join us, and learn more about how your technical side fits into the library arena and how active involvement in LITA can help you better meet the challenges of today and troubleshoot the challenges of tomorrow. Find your place in LITA.  Join us for LITA 201 at Midwinter 2013 to:

  • Learn more about LITA and where you fit
  • Become or find a mentor
  • Form your own interest group
  • Network with tech-savvy library colleagues

LITA Happy Hour

Friday, January 25, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Elephant & Castle, 1415 5th Ave. Seattle

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.

Top Technology Trends Discussion Session

Sunday, January 27, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Washington State Convention Center, Room 606-607

LITA's Top Technology Trends session at Midwinter 2013 in Seattle will both return to its roots and take a new tack. As LITA's premier program on changes and advances in technology, the roundtable discussion will return to its original Midwinter form of a more informal discussion amongst library technology experts and thought leaders. The new tack will be to focus on a single broad area of current interest or concern to the library technology community.

The topic for Midwinter 2013 will be "If Data I Created Resides in a Cloud Environment, Is it Still Mine?". Lead by educator and librarian Carl Grant, of CARE Affiliates, a small group of library thought leaders will discuss the issues and ramifications of storing and mixing library created data with vendor-provided or licensed data in a cloud based or hosted environment.

LITA President-Elect Cindi Trainor hosts the LITA Town Meeting

Monday, January 28, 8:30 am - 10:00 am, Washington State Convention Center, TCC 302

Inspired by ALA President Maureen Sullivan's charge to "Re-Imagine ALA," we will spend this year's town meeting re-imagining LITA.  What works?  What doesn't?  And… what if?  If we could draw the future of LITA, what would it look like?  Join us in person in Seattle or online wherever you are—watch Twitter and ALA Connect for details for joining online, which will be shared closer to the event.