2005 LITA National Forum to be held in San Jose, Sept 29 – Oct. 2

Contact: Rob Carlson

Deputy Executive Director, LITA

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2005

2005 LITA National Forum to be held in San Jose, Sept 29 – Oct. 2

CHICAGO - "The Ubiquitous Web: Personalization, Portability, and Online Collaboration" is the theme for the eighth annual Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, to be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2005, at the San Jose Marriott hotel in San Jose, Calif. The Forum will explore the ways widespread availability of Web-enabled technologies has changed our work and our work styles.

Exciting general sessions anchor the event.

  • Googlezon, Episode VI: Return of the Librarians: Roy Tennant, user services architect at the California Digital Library, will kick off the event Friday noon with a rousing look at how librarians can “win back our rightful place as the guardians of the world's knowledge and all that is good.”
  • Blogging Outloud: Shifts in Public Voice: Blogger, ethnographer, and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California-Berkeley, danah boyd, will explore how changes in voice and perceptions of audience are used by online communicators to get their points across in blogs and other public forums in her Saturday morning keynote speech.
  • Information and the Quality of Life: Environmentalism for the Information Age: David Levy, professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, will close the LITA Forum on Sunday with a talk exploring how ubiquitous communications technologies can contribute to stress in our lives, and how some researchers are trying to address the problems of information overload, fragmented attention, and the speedup of everyday life.

LITA also is pleased to welcome ALA President and former LITA President Michael Gorman, who will address attendees at the Saturday luncheon on
Bibliographic Control and the Web: An Oxymoron?

Thirty concurrent sessions will provide a wealth of practical information. Topics include open source collaboration tools, RSS technology, library instruction tutorials, information architecture, XML standards for data storage, and streaming audio eBooks (among others). Sunday-morning poster sessions include topics ranging from using blogs at the reference desk to usability testing and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

Three preconference workshops also will be offered. One half-day and two full-day sessions are planned. May Chang, web development librarian at North Carolina State University, will present
Open Source Communication and Collaboration Tools, Thursday afternoon. Ian Witten, professor at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), will give a hands-on session on
Building Digital Library Collections with the Greenstone Librarian Interface starting Thursday afternoon and concluding Friday morning
. Also spanning Thursday afternoon and Friday morning will be
Moving Image Collections with Grace Agnew, AUL for Digital Library Systems, Rutgers, and Jane Johnson, MIC Project Manager, Library of Congress.

Corporate sponsors of the LITA Forum help to bring the programming and networking opportunities to attendees. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Comprise Technologies, Ex Libris, Innovative Interfaces, OCLC, Serials Solutions, Sirsi, TLC, TechBooks, and Veicon Technology. An opening reception will be held at the spectacular new San Jose Marriott. Other networking opportunities include Saturday lunch, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks, as well as Saturday evening no-host dinner groups organized by LITA leaders.

Registration is limited to 500. For more information, visit

LITA is a division of the American Library Association.