LITA announces 2003 National Forum

Contact: Rob Carlson, LITA Deputy


For Immediate Release

August 2003

LITA announces 2003 National Forum

“Putting Technology Into Practice” is the theme for the sixth annual Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, October 2–5, 2003, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va.

Three exciting general sessions anchor the event.
R. David Lankes, executive director of the Information Institute of Syracuse and assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, will speak on the current state of digital reference services.
Liz Bishoff, executive director of the Colorado Digitization Program, will discuss collaborative projects in the digital age.
The closing session features David Seaman, director of the Digital Library Federation, speaking on major trends in digital libraries.

More than 25 concurrent sessions provide a wealth of practical information.
Topics include virtual reference consortia; digital library collection management; database-driven Web sites; metadata standards (including OAI); XML databases; open source portal management; cross-database search projects; managing access to GIS repositories; usability studies; and much more. For the first time, the 2003 Forum also includes poster sessions – presenting unique technology applications that solve specific problems, such as digital rights management in the academic environment, PDA use in health sciences libraries, and link maintenance and repair.

Add to the Forum experience with a choice of preconference workshops: a full day on “The Library as a Place in the Digital Age,” or a half day on either “Handheld Library Programs:
New Levels of Service” or “Creating, Managing, and Using Open Source Software in Libraries.”

Corporate sponsors of the LITA Forum help bring the programming and networking opportunities to attendees.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.; Innovative Interfaces, Inc.; Veicon Technology, Inc.; Sirsi, Inc.; Serials Solutions, Inc.; Swets Blackwell; and TechBooks:
Information Publishing Group.

An opening reception, sponsored by Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., will be held in the Grand Promenade of the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, overlooking the picturesque Norfolk Harbor.
Other networking opportunities include Saturday lunch, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks, as well as Saturday evening dinner groups organized by LITA leaders.

Registration is limited to 500.
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LITA is a division of the American Library Association.