LITA offers two workshops in Chicago

Contact: Melissa Prentice


(312) 280-4268


For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two full-day educational workshops on Friday, July 10, in Chicago.

The first workshop, Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, deals with such topics as subject guides, Flickr library displays and YouTube library orientation, showing how mashups and APIs make it easier to bring pieces of the Web together with library data. 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. They are encouraged to bring a laptop for hands-on participation. Karen Coombs of the University of Houston is presenting.

The second workshop, A Thousand Words: Taking Better Photos for Telling Stories in Your Library, teaches techniques for shooting and editing better photos, camera settings that make for the best photos and the basics of editing an image. Learn how to capture library events more effectively and artistically, take and select better photos for Web sites and promotional materials. Licensing work and finding others via Creative Commons will also be covered. Participants should bring a digital camera and laptop; familiarity with moving photos from camera to computer is a must. Cindi Trainor of Eastern Kentucky University is presenting.

Register now for these workshops. Please note: you do not have to register for the ALA Annual Conference in order to attend these workshops.

Visit the
2009 ALA Annual Conference registration page to register for these events. More information is available at the
LITA Web site.

LITA, with more than 4,000 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. Its mission is to educate, serve and reach out to that community through its programs, publications and other activities. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.