LITA Interest Groups Discussion Sessions

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago


LITA Interest Group discussion sessions descriptions, listed by day, time, alphabetical by IG name, and multi-division IGs.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group, Sheraton Chicago Ballroom 1 
Presentations during the meeting will include: Alison Macrina will discuss the genesis of the Library Freedom Project; and Gary Price, cofounder and editor of INFOdocket, will provide an overview of recent issues in library and patron privacy. The business part of the meeting will focus on brainstorming ways for the IG to actively take part in improving patron privacy via educational activities, development of standards, active testing of library software, and other approaches.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Imagineering Interest Group, Hyatt Regency McCormick Adler/CC 24C

The Imagineering Interest Group will meet to plan for future ALA Annual programs and meetings. We will also talk about future group endeavors, such as creating online resources. Please attend if you are interested in working with the group.  Additional Information: Librarianship, Adult Services, Collection Development, Popular Culture, Reader’s Advisory

Open Source Systems Interest Group, Hyatt Regency McCormick Burnham/CC 23C

We will be discussing questions for the panel participants for our ALA Annual program Open Source: View from the top; need to generate questions for panel participants. Please join us to help decide the questions you would like answered.

Search Engine Optimization, Hyatt Regency McCormick Jackson Park/CC 10D

Attendees will have an opportunity to share their experiences with search engine optimization. We will also discuss the SEO Best Practices Wiki entry in Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki as well as the latest SEO tools.

ALCTS/LITA ERM Interest Group, MCP W194a

The ALCTS/LITA ERM Interest Group will host a panel entitled "Data-Driven Decision Making in E-Resources Management: Beyond Cost per Use."

Saturday January 31, 2015 -  1:00pm to 2:30pm

Library Code year – Saturday 1/31, 1-2:30pm, MCP W175c

Are you ever in a meeting where people throw around terms like front-end,back-end, Bootstrap, git, JavaScript, agile, XML, PHP, Python, Wordpress, and Drupal, but you are not sure what they mean in the library context (even after you looked the terms up on your phone covertly under the table)? If so, please join us for an informal and lively discussion about decoding technology jargon.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am

LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group, MCP W192b

"The ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group is hosting three presentations during its meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago. The meeting will be held on Sunday, February 1, from 8:30-10:00, in McCormick Place West, room W192b. 

Nancy Lorimer, Interim Head of Metadata Department at Stanford University Libraries will speak about the Linked Data for Libraries project: The Linked Data for Libraries project: an update

Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) is a two-year Mellon-funded project, in which the Cornell University Library, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and the Stanford University Libraries are collaborating to create a Scholarly Resource Semantic Information Store model that works both within individual institutions and through a coordinated, extensible network of Linked Open Data to capture the intellectual value that librarians and other domain experts and scholars add to information resources when they describe, annotate, organize, select, and use those resources, together with the social value evident from patterns of usage. This talk will provide an update of the work that has taken place in the first year of project, principally the ongoing formation of the LD4L ontology and the issues encountered in and related to its development, including the migration of MARC data to BIBFRAME, and the integration of disparate metadata standards and non-library data.

Kristi Holmes, the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University and a VIVO Project Engagement Lead will speak about VIVO: Opening up science with VIVO

Libraries are uniquely positioned to facilitate the open representation of research information and its use to spur collaboration, discovery, and assessment activities. Research information systems such as VIVO play a big role in enabling this work on both the local and international level. VIVO is an open source, Semantic Web-based application that provides an integrated, searchable view of the academic work of an organization. Data in VIVO can be used to highlight expertise and facilitate discovery at many levels within and far beyond an organization. VIVO provides a uniform semantic structure to enable a new class of tools that can use the rich data to advance science. This presentation will provide a brief introduction and update to VIVO and will describe ways that VIVO and VIVO-compatible data can facilitate activities in the scholarly ecosystem — including new applications which consume VIVO’s semantically-rich data for visualizations, reporting, next-generation collaboration and team building, and enhanced multi-site search, among others.  Finally, we’ll describe how librarians are engaged in this work, including metadata and ontology creation, data curation and management, technical might, and engagement.

Victoria Mueller, Senior Information Architect and System Librarian, Zepheira: BIBFRAME: A Way Forward. Moving Libraries into a linked data world!

BIBFRAME provides a foundation for the future of bibliographic description, both on the web, and in the broader networked world. This session will provide an update on the BIBFRAME framework, related projects and demonstrations of BIBFRAME data and tools. See how you can get involved in getting your library data on the web! "

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Drupal4Lib Interest Group, MCP W186c

The Drupal4Lib Interest Group was established to promote the use and understanding of the Drupal content management system by libraries and librarians. Join members of the group for a lively discussion of current issues facing librarians working with Drupal at any skill level. Bring your questions and meet your colleagues!

Game Making Interest Group, Hyatt Regency McCormick, DuSable/CC 21AB

The Game Making Interest Group will meet to discuss how we use games in libraries and to plan for our meeting and informal presentations at ALA Annual and future plans for the group. Please join us if you are interested in using games in libraries.

Library Consortia Automated Systems Interest Group, Hyatt Regency McCormick, Jackson Park/CC 10C

Managing IT services in a consortium has its own particular challenges and opportunities. The Library Consortia Automated Systems Interest Group provides an informal forum where people working in a consortium environment can share ideas and seek advice.

Public Library Technology Interest Group, MCP W194a

We will have a guest speaker Bob Bocher who is a current fellow for ALA OITP Washington Office. Bob will discuss recent changes to the e-rate by the FCC. And he will tell libraries how they may be able to tap into some of those funds. Bob Bocher (mostly) retired in 2012 as the Technology Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s State Library Division.  But he is still working part-time for the department as the state's E-rate support manager, a responsibility he has had since the program’s inception.  In addition to his continued E-rate work, in 2014 he helped manage a major project to get fiber to 360 Wisconsin public libraries. (Over 90% of the state’s public libraries now have fiber.)  From a national perspective Bob is a Fellow of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy where he provides consultation on the E-rate, broadband, Net Neutrality and other networking issues.  He is also a member of the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance.

User Experience Interest Group Meeting, MCP W176b

The LITA User Experience IG seeks 2-3 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on UX and Web usability for the upcoming 2015 ALA Midwinter Conference. This will be a physical meeting, and so the physical attendance for the ALA Midwinter is required for the presentation and/or attendance for this meeting. The LITA UX IG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of UX/Usability. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion. Please submit your topic in the comments section in ALA Connect ( You may also e-mail us off-the-list. Bohyun Kim, LITA UX IG chair
 and Rachel Clark, LITA UX IG vice-chair

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Head of Technology Interest Group - , MCP W176b

HoLT IG provides a forum and support network for those individuals with administrative responsibility for computing and technology in  library settings. It is open for anyone to give short presentations on a library technology project you might be working on to explore  issues of planning and implementation, technology management, support, leadership and other areas of interests library technology. HoLT seeks 2-3 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on issues relating to Library Technologies for the upcoming 2015 ALA Midwinter conference in Chicago.  All topics will be considered.  The topics related to data-driven libraries, what tools/technologies you use to  capture users’ behavior across platforms are highly encouraged. Physical attendance is required for the presentation and/or attendance at this meeting.

Deadline for proposal submission is January 15th, 2015. 

Please submit proposals via the form or email us off list. Robert Nunez, LITA HoLT IG Vice-Chair and Hong Ma, LITA HoLT IG Chair]

LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group - until 5:30pm, MCP W474b

The joint LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group provides a forum for discussion of a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority of data.