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Submit a Nomination for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

Fri, 2019-12-13 16:16

LITA, ACRL, ALCTS, and LLAMA invite nominations for the 2020 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Please submit your nominations by January 9, 2020.

The award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.

Winners receive a cash award and a plaque. This award is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson.

The nominee must be a librarian employed in one of the following during the year prior to application for this award:

  • University, college, or community college library
  • Non-profit consortium, or a consortium comprised of non-profits that provides resources/services/support to  academic libraries

The nominee must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic library or in a non-profit consortium or a consortium comprised of non-profits.

More information and a list of previous winners can be found on the LITA website.

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Core Update – 12/12/2019

Thu, 2019-12-12 13:03

Greetings again from the Steering Committee of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a proposed division of ALA.

Coming up this Friday, December 13 is the last of four town halls we are holding this fall to share information and elicit your input. Please join us! Register for Town Hall 4 today. ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA division staff will lead this town hall with a focus on Core’s mission, vision, and values; benefits organizationally; benefits to members; and opportunities in the future. Our speakers will be Jenny Levine (LITA Executive Director), Julie Reese (ALCTS Deputy Executive Director), and Kerry Ward (LLAMA Executive Director and interim ALCTS Executive Director).

We’re excited to share an updated Core proposal document for ALA member feedback and review, strengthened by your input. We invite further comments on this updated proposal through Sunday, December 15.

Meanwhile, division staff will incorporate your comments and finalize this proposal document for submission to the ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA boards by Wednesday, December 18. Then at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in January, each board will vote whether or not to place the question of forming a new division on the spring ballot for a vote by division members.

This week is by no means the last opportunity to share your perspectives on the proposed formation of Core. At Midwinter, following the vote on the Core question by each division board, ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA will host a joint board meeting open to all, which will be an opportunity for shared reflection upon the boards’ momentous decisions. Stay tuned for announcements about further events in the spring.

Full details for all our upcoming events are below:

  • Register for Town Hall 4 on Friday, December 13, 2019, 1:00–2:00 pm Central.
  • Join #TheCoreQuestion Twitter Chat 2 on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:00 am–12:30 pm Central.
  • Get excited for The Exchange, which will take place on May 4, 6, and 8, 2020.
  • Give feedback any time! What could make Core a compelling and worthy division home for you?

Miss any of the discussion? Catch up here:

You can always stay up to date on the latest Core news by visiting core.ala.org, but we also need to hear from you. Members like you will shape the future of this proposed division — please participate in these conversations to help develop and refine Core’s division identity. 

Sincerely,

Your Core Steering Committee:

Christopher Cronin, 2019-20 ALCTS President-Elect

Tyler Dzuba, 2019-20 LLAMA President-Elect

Evviva Weinraub, 2019-20 LITA President-Elect

Lindsay Cronk, LITA Representative

Erica Findley, ALCTS Representative

Kate Hall, LLAMA Representative

Cotina Jones, LLAMA Representative

Ted Quiballo, LITA Representative

Chelcie Rowell, ALCTS Representative

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Jobs in Information Technology: December 11, 2019

Wed, 2019-12-11 16:00

New this week

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job listings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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Announcing the new LITA Blog Editor

Mon, 2019-12-09 12:18

We are proud to announce that Jessica Gilbert Redman will be the new editor of the LITA Blog. 

Gilbert Redman has been the web services librarian at the University of North Dakota for the past three years. She coordinates and writes for the library blog and maintains the library website. She has completed a post-graduate certificate in user experience and always seeks to ensure that end users are able to easily find the information they need to complete their research. Additionally, she realizes communication is the key component in any relationship, be it between libraries and their users or between colleagues, and she always strives to make communication easier for all involved.

“I am excited to become more involved in LITA, and I think the position of LITA Blog Editor is an excellent way to meet more people within LITA and ALA, and to maintain a finger on the pulse of new and emerging library technologies. My goal for the LITA blog is to give a voice to more people involved with technology in libraries and to keep everyone up-to-date with how libraries are using technology in new and innovative ways. I want to be sure we’re telling the stories that we don’t always get to hear in order better learn about making libraries more helpful for our users,” said Gilbert Redman.

Watch for calls from Jessica for regular and guest contributors coming soon.

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Jobs in Information Technology: December 4, 2019

Wed, 2019-12-04 13:28

New this week

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job listings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 27, 2019

Wed, 2019-11-27 13:01

New this week

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Support LITA Scholarships this #GivingTuesday

Tue, 2019-11-26 15:31

It’s almost #GivingTuesday, so we’re highlighting the difference that LITA scholarships can make, and inviting you to join us in increasing access to LITA events by donating to our scholarship fund today.

You can help us to provide more scholarships to events like AvramCamp and LITA Forum, as well as sponsor Emerging Leaders, with your donation today! Your donation of $25 could open up untold opportunities for other library technology professionals.

“The LITA scholarship afforded me the opportunity to present at the 2019 AvramCamp and ALA conference. It was an incredible opportunity to network with dozens of information professionals, build connections with people in the field, ask them all of my questions and exchange our technical acumen and job experiences. As a result, I have been offered two interviewing opportunities that were an incredibly valuable experience for my career development. I am very grateful to LITA for the opportunity to attend and speak at 2019 AvramCamp and I would recommend this conference to anyone interested in pursuing a career in information technology and library science.”

– 2019 AvramCamp Scholarship Winner Maryam Fayazi

Learn more about Maryam at https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryamfayazi/)

Join us this #GivingTuesday to fund more scholarships for new professionals like Maryam and help open doors to LITA.

Make a donation today!

~To every donor and sponsor, we appreciate your continued support.

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 22, 2019

Fri, 2019-11-22 14:46

New This Week

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Call for Blog Coordinator for the Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration

Thu, 2019-11-21 11:08

The Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration brings together experiences, ideas, expertise, and individuals from the three ALA divisions. Broadly organized around the theme of “Building the Future Together,” the Exchange will examine the topic in relation to collections, leadership, technology, innovation, sustainability, and collaborations. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the three days of presentations, panels, and lightning rounds both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Divisional members and non-members alike are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

As part of the conference experience, the Exchange plans to host regular blog posts in advance of the conference. Blog posts will serve multiple purposes: generate excitement and interest in content, encourage participation outside of simply watching presentations, and provide an avenue for presenters and content providers to further share information about their topics. Notifications of new blog posts will be shared with ALCTS News, Leads from LLAMA, LITA Blog, and other social media. There should be nine to twelve blog posts between December-May.

Responsibilities:

  • Write introductory post(s) about the Exchange and activities
  • Solicit posts from speakers and poster presenters, or other Exchange participants interested in contributing content. Blog posts should relate to the major themes of the Exchange.
  • Track solicited posts, edit, and post to the Exchange Blog site.
  • Inform the editors of Division news and blog sites of new content
  • Serve as Ex Officio member of the Marketing Subgroup

Timeframe for Appointment

  • December 2019-June 2020

Interested individuals should email Shanna Hollich (shollich@gmail.com) and Erin Leach (ealeach79@gmail.com) with a few sentences explaining their interest and qualifications. Individuals must be a member of ALCTS, LITA, and/or LLAMA.

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The Exchange Call for Proposals and Informational Webinar

Wed, 2019-11-20 12:48

ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA are now accepting proposals for the Exchange: Building the Future Together, a virtual forum scheduled for May 4, 6, and 8, 2020.

The twelve hour virtual event will take place over three afternoons, featuring the following themes and topics:

  • Day 1 – Leadership and Change Management
  • Day 2 – Continuity and Sustainability
  • Day 3 – Collaborations and Cooperative Endeavors

Session Formats

The Exchange will feature the following session formats:

Full-session Proposals

Presenters prepare content for a 35-minute session, with an additional 10-minute Q&A period for all presenters. Full-session proposals may include multiple presentations with content that is topically related.

Lightning Round

Each participant is given five minutes to give a presentation. At the end of the lightning round, there will be a 10-15-minute Q&A period for all presenters in the session. Topics for lightning rounds related to innovative projects or research are encouraged.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following four points:

  1. Relevance to the Exchange’s Themes and Audience
  2. Opportunities for Learning
  3. Opportunities for Audience Interaction
  4. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Still have questions about the submission process and what the Exchange Working Group is looking for?

Sign up for the Exchange: Preparing a Persuasive Proposal webinar on November 25 at 2 pm CT (3pm ET), and get an in-depth look at what it takes to produce a solid proposal.

Sign up in advance for this webinar and receive the join link via email:
https://ala-events.zoom.us/meeting/register/656dd087ef0a11707c24e00bf0acd2b8

The webinar will be recorded so if you cannot watch it live, you can still access the recording. A link to the recording will be sent to everyone that registers for the webinar, and will be posted on the Exchange site.

Please share with others who may be interested. All are welcome!

For additional information on submitting a proposal, also see the following:

Elements of a Successful Proposal

Success Criteria

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Registration is Now Open for the Exchange

Wed, 2019-11-20 11:45

In May 2020, join ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA for an exciting and engaging virtual forum. Registration is now open!

  The Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration brings together experiences, ideas, expertise, and individuals from the three ALA divisions. Broadly organized around the theme of “Building the Future Together,” the Exchange will examine the topic in relation to collections, leadership, technology, innovation, sustainability, and collaborations. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the three days of presentations, panels, and lightning rounds both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Divisional members and non-members alike are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

“Building on the rich educational traditions of the three divisions, the Exchange provides the opportunity to break down silos and explore synergies on dynamic topics across the overarching and daily themes,” states Kristin Martin, chair of the Exchange Working Group and ALCTS Past President. “The virtual environment, designed to be more than just a series of webinars, offers speakers and participants alike ways of interacting and engaging with each other without requiring the need for travel.”
 
Information about registration can be found on the Exchange website. Early-bird registration for this virtual event is $199 for ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA individual members; $255 for ALA individual members; $289 for non-members; $79 for ALA student members; $475 for groups; and $795 for institutions. After March 1, 2020, registration rates will increase—please visit the event registration web page for full registration details.  

The three-day virtual event will feature the following themes and topics:

Day 1 (Monday, May 4) – Leadership and Change Management
Discover how people working in libraries are supporting their organizations through change, including identifying and overcoming barriers to success and managing change across the career life cycle.
 
Day 2 (Wednesday, May 6) – Continuity and Sustainability
Learn from your colleagues about how to create sustainable services, how to update data to current standards, and how to preserve legacy data and artifacts.  

Day 3 (Friday, May 8) – Collaborations and Cooperative Endeavors Find out how people working in libraries are developing cooperative endeavors around collections and technical services, governance and leadership, and technology.  

Sessions are from noon to 4 pm EDT. Attendees receive live presentation and access to content for a year.  

Interested in leading or contributing to a session? The Exchange Working Group is now accepting proposals. Learn more about the proposal submission process including submission criteria and how to submit.

Explore the Exchange. Connect with the Exchange on social media using #ALLexchange.        

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Core Call for Comment

Mon, 2019-11-18 10:32

Greetings again from the Steering Committee of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a proposed division of ALA.

The Steering Committee welcomes comments on the draft division proposal documentation through November 25th. Please join the conversation! Your perspectives and input are shaping the identity and priorities of the proposed division. We’re asking for you to respond to the documents with key questions in mind, including:

  • Does this make sense to someone new to ALCTS/ LITA/ LLAMA?
  • Does this piece of the plan reflect how members want the new division to function?
  • Are there any points that are cause for concern?

If you’re interested in helping us in the review process or other work ahead, please consider volunteering for Core. We’re eager to collaborate with you!

We’re working hard to ensure everyone can participate in the Core conversation, so please let us know what could make Core a compelling and worthy division home for you. Keep the feedback and input coming!

Full details for all our upcoming events are below.

Miss any of the discussion? Catch up here:

You can always stay up to date on the latest Core news by visiting core.ala.org, but we also need to hear from you. Members like you will shape the future of this proposed division — please participate in these conversations to help develop and refine Core’s division identity.

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LIS Students: Apply for the 2020 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Fri, 2019-11-15 11:31

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The application form is open through March 1, 2020.

Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarships with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what they can bring to the profession. Winners must have been accepted to a Master of Library Science (MLS) program recognized by the American Library Association.

References, transcripts, and other documents must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2020, for consideration. All materials should be submitted to American Library Association, Scholarship Clearinghouse, c/o Human Resource Development & Recruitment, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611-2795.

About LITA

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors, and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. LITA is a division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our BlogFacebook, or Twitter.

About Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor, LLC is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions.

Contact:

Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association

LITA

jlevine@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 13, 2019

Wed, 2019-11-13 13:05

New This Week

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job listings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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LITA Opens Call for Innovative LIS Student Writing Award for 2020

Tue, 2019-11-12 10:31

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s referred journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2020.

The award recognizes superior student writing and is intended to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include, but are not limited to, digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, open source software, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, and library consortia.

To be eligible, applicants must follow these guidelines and fill out the application form (PDF). Send the signed, completed forms electronically no later than February 28, 2020, to the Award Committee Chair, Julia Bauder, at julia.bauder@gmail.com.

The winner will be announced in May 2020.

About LITA

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of nearly 2,400 systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors, and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. LITA is a division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our BlogFacebook, or Twitter.

About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS products for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on FacebookYouTubeLinkedIn, and Twitter.

Contact:

Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association

LITA

jlevine@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 6, 2019

Wed, 2019-11-06 14:05

New This Week

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Nominate a Colleague Doing Cutting Edge Work in Tech Education for the LITA Library Hi Tech Award

Tue, 2019-11-05 11:02

Nominations are open for the 2020 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Publishing, publishers of Library Hi Tech. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2019.

The award, given to either a living individual or an institution, may recognize a single seminal work or a body of work created during or continuing into the five years immediately preceding the award year. The body of work need not be limited to published texts but can include course plans or actual courses and/or non-print publications such as visual media. Awards are intended to recognize living persons rather than to honor the deceased; therefore, awards are not made posthumously. More information and a list of previous winners can be found on the LITA website.

Nominations must include the name(s) of the recipient(s), basis for nomination, and references to the body of work and should be submitted using the online nomination form.

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2020 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Chicago, IL.

About LITA

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of nearly 2,400 systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors, and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. Follow us on our BlogFacebook, or Twitter.

About Emerald Publishing

Founded in 1967, Emerald Publishing today manages a range of digital products, a portfolio of nearly 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 450 teaching cases. More than 3,000 Emerald articles are downloaded every hour of every day. The network of contributors includes over 100,000 advisers, authors and editors. Globally, Emerald has an extraordinary reach with 12 offices worldwide and more than 4,000 customers in over 120 countries. Emerald is COUNTER 4 compliant. It is also a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation. It also works in close collaboration with a number of organizations and associations worldwide.

Contact:

Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association

jlevine@ala.org

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Propose a Topic for the ITAL “Public Libraries Leading the Way” Column

Fri, 2019-11-01 11:00

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the quarterly open-access journal published by ALA’s Library Information Technology Association, is looking for contributors for its regular “Public Libraries Leading the Way” column. This column highlights a technology-based innovation or approach to problem solving from a public library perspective. Topics we are interested in include the following, but proposals on any other technology topic are welcome.

  • 3-D printing and makerspaces
  • Civic technology
  • Drones
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion and technology
  • Privacy and cyber-security
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Internet of things
  • Robotics
  • Geographic information systems and mapping
  • Library analytics and data-driven services
  • Anything else related to public libraries and innovations in technology

To propose a topic, use this brief form, which will ask you for three pieces of information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • A brief (75-150 word) summary of your proposed column that describes your library, the technology you wish to write about and your experience with it.

Columns are in the 1,000-1,500 word range and may include illustrations. These will not be research articles, but are meant to share practical experience with technology development or uses within the library. Proposals are due by November 30, and selections will be made by December 15.

If you have questions, contact Ken Varnum, Editor, at varnum@umich.edu.

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ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA collaborate for virtual forum

Thu, 2019-10-31 10:58

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) have collaborated to create The Exchange, an interactive, virtual forum designed to bring together experiences, ideas, expertise and individuals from these American Library Association (ALA) divisions. Modeled after the 2017 ALCTS Exchange, the Exchange will be held May 4, May 6 and May 8 in 2020 with the theme “Building the Future Together.”

As a fully online interactive forum, the Exchange will give participants the opportunity to share the latest research, trends and developments in collections, leadership, technology, innovation, sustainability and collaborations. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the three days of presentations, panels and activities both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The Exchange will engage an array of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Everyone, members and non-members alike, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences and perspectives to the events. Registration opens Nov. 4.

The Exchange Working Group welcomes proposals for the May 2020 forum that highlight the innovation happening in the profession and that span across areas that may have been traditionally siloed. Proposal topics should be relevant to the overarching theme, as well as the daily themes for each session. Daily themes include leadership and change management, continuity and sustainability, and collaborations and cooperative endeavors. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 6. Proposals can be submitted using the Presentation Proposal Form.

Before submitting a proposal, visit the Exchange website to learn what makes a strong proposal, view the success criteria, and check out the session formats.

The Exchange is presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), divisions of the American Library Association. To get more information about the proposed future for joint projects such as the Exchange, join the conversation about #TheCoreQuestion.

Contact:

Brooke Morris-Chott

Program Officer, Communications

ALCTS

bmorris@ala.org

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Submit your 2020 Annual Meeting Request by Feb 7

Fri, 2019-10-25 13:08

The LITA meeting request form is now open for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. All LITA committee and interest group chairs should use it to let us know if you plan to meet at Annual. We’re looking forward to seeing what you have planned.

The deadline to submit your meeting request is Friday, February 7, 2020.

We’re going to change how we’ve listed meetings in the past. If you do NOT submit this form, your group will NOT be included in the list of LITA session on our website, the online scheduler, or the print program. While we’ll still hold the Joint Chairs meeting on Saturday from 8:30-10:00am and use that same room for committee and IG meetings from 10:30-11:30am, your group will only be listed if you submit this form.

You should also use it if you want to request a meeting on a different day or time. The sooner you get your request in, the better.

Please note that if you don’t submit this form by February 7, ALA Conference Services may not be able to accommodate your meeting because there will be less space for them to work with when scheduling sessions.

Please contact us at lita@ala.org if you have questions about any of this.

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