LITA seeks proposals for 10th annual National Forum

Contact: Mary Taylor
Executive Director, LITA
For Immediate Release
November 9, 2006

LITA seeks proposals for 10th annual National Forum

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) 2007 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the 10th annual LITA National Forum, “Technology with Altitude: 10 Years of the LITA National Forum,” to be held at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colo., October 4-7, 2007.

The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2006.

The Forum Committee is interested in presentations that highlight specific technology implementations; just over-the-horizon technologies that aren't quite ready for implementation; or information technology research. Proposals from all types of libraries (public, government, school, academic, special, and corporate) and on any aspect of library and information technology are welcome.

Speaker participation in the entire Forum enhances the learning and networking for all participants. Up to two speakers for each accepted proposal will receive a reduced registration rate.

Some possible ideas for proposals might include:

1. Social Computing: social tools, collaborative software, gaming technologies

2. New Media: wireless connectivity, iPods, handhelds

3. Future and Emerging Technologies: wireless technologies, assistive technologies, new user services, new communities; what will the next 10 years bring?

4. Open Source Software: creative uses of OSS, technology on a budget

5. Federated and Meta-Searching: design and management, integrated access to resources, and search engines

6. Digital Libraries: developments in resource linking, preservation, maintenance, and web services

7. Authentication and Authorization: Digital Rights Management (DRM), authentication, privacy, and services for remote patrons

8. Web design: information architecture, activity-centered design, user-centered design, and usability testing

9. Technology Management: project management, geek management, budgeting, and knowledge sharing applications

10. Internet Law: privacy, copyright, and filtering

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries and/or be of interest to librarians. Concurrent sessions are approximately 75 minutes in length. Forum 2007 will also accept a limited number of poster session proposals.

Presenters are required to submit handouts one month in advance for the Forum notebook, and handouts will be made available on the Web site after the event.

To submit a proposal, send the following information via email (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF format):

* Title

* Abstract and brief outline

* Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)

* Brief biographical information. Include experience as a presenter and expertise in the topic

* Full contact information

* Is this proposal for a concurrent session?

* Is this proposal for a poster session?

* If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be considered for a poster session?

* How did you hear about the 2007 Forum call for proposals?

The 2007 Forum Planning Committee will review proposals at the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2007. Submitters will be contacted about the status of proposals by the end of February 2007.

Submit proposals (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF) by December 15, 2006 to:

Mary Taylor

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association.

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.