For immediate release | May 7, 2013

LITA workshops at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering three full-day educational workshops on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Chicago.

Introductory Python Workshop

Attendees at this pre-conference workshop will learn the basics of the Python programming language with ample opportunities for hands-on, project-based practice. Learn the syntax and key features of Python while working through practice exercises and completing a short project in Python. Experienced teaching staff will be on hand to provide support and feedback throughout the workshop. The workshop is geared toward individuals with limited or no programming experience and will aim to create a supportive and enjoyable environment for those who want to learn a new programming language. Please note: attendees will be asked to set up a Python development environment on the computer they plan to bring to the pre-conference in advance. The teaching staff will offer support throughout this process, including virtual office hours; presented by Carli Spina of Harvard Law School Library, Andromeda Yelton of and Shana McDanold of Georgetown University and sponsored by the LITA/ALCTS Library Code Year Interest Group.

Library Makerspaces: Participatory Play in the Library

Interested in getting started with participatory programming, makerspaces and the DIY revolution? Learn about how other libraries are getting their patrons to create physical content and collaborating with the community, often on a shoestring budget. Join us and find out how to incorporate creation and collaboration in your library at any starting point. Participants will hear firsthand accounts from the library innovators who are working with their communities to create new opportunities for learning and making. They'll also get inspired and play along with us as they get real hands on experience creating robots, crafts and works of art with local experts. Most importantly, those attending will get creatively connected and have fun doing it. Presented by Meg Backus from 4th Floor at the Chattanooga Public Library (Tenn.), Matt Hamilton of Anythink, a Revolution of Rangeview Libraries (Colo.), Monica Harris and Kelly Knowles of the Oak Park Public Library (Ill.); sponsored by: LibraryLab (ALA Member Interest Group).

Visit the ALA Annual Conference page to register and add a LITA Preconference in the "Your Preconferences and Optional Events" section of the registration form. It is possible to register and attend a preconference only by selecting "Registration Options" and "Division PreCon and Ticket Events Only." You may also add a workshop to your existing conference registration by calling ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 or accessing your registration online. Online registration will be accepted through June 21; onsite registration will also be accepted in Chicago. For additional information on workshops and other LITA events at ALA Annual, 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.


Melissa Prentice

Marketing Specialist

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.4268