Registration Now Open for 2009 LITA National Forum

Contact: Melissa Prentice




For Immediate Release

June 2, 2009

Registration is available for the 2009 LITA National Forum "Open & Mobile," to be held Oct. 1-4, 2009 at the Hilton City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit to register for the Forum.

Keynote Sessions anchor the event and include speakers Joan Lippincott, David Weinberger, and Liz Lawley. On Friday Joan Lippincot of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) will kick off the Forum with her talk
Mobile Technologies, Mobile Users: Will Libraries Mobilize? Lippincott will discuss what roles libraries can and should play in delivering content for mobile devices, developing services for mobile device users and configuring physical spaces to respond to their needs. Saturday, David Weinberger will present Knowledge in the Age of Abundance. Weinberger will examine how our new connected age is one of abundant and ready access to knowledge and how this is bringing a change in the nature, shape, value and role of knowledge itself. Liz Lawley of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology will close the Forum on Sunday with
Technical/Tangible/Social. Lawley's talk will cover the growing importance of “social objects” in technology implementation, and how those objects serve as a focal point for cohesive social interactions.

More than 30 concurrent sessions and a dozen poster sessions will provide a wealth of practical information on a wide range of topics. Two preconference workshops will also be offered. Starting Thursday afternoon and concluding Friday morning, Jason Griffey of University of Tennessee, Chattanooga will present
The Future of Mobile. The workshop will examine the future of mobile technologies and their impact on libraries, including how service models in libraries change with ubiquitous computing and how content delivery becomes different. Attendees will look at specific tools that are currently available that model the direction that mobile is moving. Also spanning Thursday afternoon and Friday morning will be
Accessibility Update: Section 508 and WCAG in a Library 2.0 World, presented by Nina McHale of the University of Colorado, Denver. The workshop will provide an introduction to Section 508 and WCAG Web accessibility guidelines and how they relate to online library tools. The workshop will include demonstrations of popular assistive technologies and guidelines for optimizing library resources to comply with Section 508 and WCAG.

Corporate sponsors of the LITA Forum help to bring programming and networking opportunities to attendees. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Innovative Interfaces, OCLC, Ex Libris, and Oasis.

Registration is limited to 500 in order to preserve the advantages of a small conference. Networking opportunities, one of the small conference advantages, are an important part of the Forum. Take advantage of the Friday evening reception and sponsor showcase, Saturday evening networking dinners and meals and breaks throughout the Forum to get to know LITA leaders, Forum speakers, sponsors, and peers. For more information, visit

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.