LITA explores Web services protocols

Contact: Rob Carlson

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2005

LITA explores Web services protocols

CHICAGO – The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) will host the preconference “Introduction to Web Services” on Friday, June 24, 2005, from 1-5 p.m. during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

Web services is a set of technical standards that provides a framework for interoperability. Software application developers, including those in the library space, use Web services to define how applications can communicate with each other. In many meetings vendors discuss implementing a new function or application using Web services. This preconference will explain what this means and how it might impact the choices available to libraries in the future. This program will introduce participants to the standards behind Web services, how they have been used by libraries and their vendors, and look at how a specific library has used Web services to integrate disparate systems.

Sara Randall, director of strategic products at Endeavor Information Systems and former LITA President, will moderate a panel that includes Diane Vizine-Geotz of OCLC, Eric Lease Morgan of the University of Notre Dame, Andrew Pace of North Carolina State University, Carl Grant of VTLS and Jermey Frumkin of Oregon State University.

Registration fees are $150.00 for LITA members, students and retirees; $210 for ALA members; and $260.00 for non-members.

To register, please visit You may also add this preconference to your existing conference registration by calling ALA member and customer service at 1-800-545-2433. Press option #5 and ask to add event #LI1.

LITA is a division of the American Library Association.