For immediate release | October 26, 2010

LITA offering two workshops in San Diego

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two full-day educational workshops on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.

Jason Clark of Montana State University is presenting Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs. Participants will learn how to bring pieces of the Web together with library data: subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation. 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.

In addition, Amanda Hollister of will present Open Source CMS Playroom. This workshop will provide an overview of several content management systems, compare and contrast system functionality and features and demonstrate how open source CMSs can be used to enhance library websites. Open source content management systems present an opportunity for libraries to distribute content creation and maintenance and add Web 2.0 features to library websites. Bring your laptop to explore and compare basic installations of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal CMSs.

More information on these workshops and other LITA events at Midwinter can be found at

Visit the ALA Midwinter Meeting registration page to register for these events: Please note you do not have to register for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in order to attend these workshops. You may register for the workshop only or add a workshop to your existing Midwinter registration by calling ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 or through the online registration form in the "Your Events" section.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.


Melissa Prentice