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Join us Friday, May 31, 12:00-1:00pm Central, on Twitter to hear about, discuss, ask questions on several technology-related projects happening in the field. This month we‘ll cover another digital collection project, and a library setting up a “media wall” that displays study room availability, events in the building, as well as social media feeds.

Our panel will include:

To participate, launch your favorite Twitter app or web browser, search for the #LITAchat hashtag, and select “Latest” to participate and ask questions. Be sure to include the hashtag #litachat.

View more information, as well as past LITAchats.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA events, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform
Thursday, May 30, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time,

As libraries move from legacy Integrated Library Systems (ILS) to next generation Library Services Platforms (LSP) and face evolving user needs, soft skills, such as team building, project management, and leadership skills become as essential as technology skills. This 90-minute webinar provides practical techniques for managing this change through the exploration of a case study.

Learning Outcomes

  • An overview of lean methodologies (Agile, DevOps, Value Streams)
  • Strategies and techniques to develop collaborative team infrastructure (mapping needs with people, product, and processes)
  • Tools to be explored / adopted to facilitate collaborative team work
  • Humanizing the library through inclusive culture

Presenter: Hong Ma, Head of Library Systems, Loyola University Chicago

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! Register and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

More LITA Continuing Education

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space @ Your Library
June 11, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Presenter: Jessica Bennett

Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries
July 16, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central time
Presenters: Charissa Brammer and Sommer Browning

Check out our spring lineup and get details on our latest round of online learning to boost your skill set!

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

LITA, Membership and Marketing Manager, Chicago, IL

Georgia State University, Data Services Librarian, Atlanta, GA

Georgia State University, Urban Studies Librarian, Atlanta, GA

University of Arkansas, Business Librarian, Fayetteville, AR

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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Executive Perspectives: A Conversation on the Future of the Library Technology Industry

Monday, June 24, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Washington Convention Center, 146A

Marshall Breeding, author of the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries, has assembled and will moderate this panel of senior executives representing organizations that produce software or services for libraries.

Breeding will give a brief introduction and will then lead a lively discussion of technology and business trends. This year, the panel discussion will focus on issues related to the use of open source software for core resource management, repository, and discovery systems. Specific topics will be announced prior to the Annual Conference. 

  • Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Creator and Publisher Library Technology Guides.
  • Laurie Arp, Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software , Lyrasis
  • Lynn Bailey, Chief Executive Officer and CFO, Index Data
  • Neil Block, Vice President for Global Open Source Innovation, EBSCO Information Services
  • Brendan A. Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, ByWater Solutions
  • Mike Rylander, Executive Director, Equinox Software Initiative

Panelists will be expected to candidly reflect the perspectives of their organizations but not promote their products.

Register for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference today!

If you’re attending ALA Annual 2019, join us for one of our practical workshops and check out the full slate of LITA programming. For a quick 10-minute preview of LITA highlight events at Annual, watch the LITA Conference Kickoff recording.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA at ALA Annual 2019, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

LITA, Membership and Marketing Manager, Chicago, IL

City of Virginia Beach, Digital Services Librarian II, Virginia Beach, VA

WESTAT, Librarian, Rockville, MD

University at Albany, State University of New York, Application Administrator/Developer (University Libraries), Albany, NY

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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Do you want to participate in LITA AvramCamp, a one-day unconference for women and non-binary people working in library technology, at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.? Would travel funding help you to attend? Thanks to support from individual donors and sponsors, AvramCamp is offering several $500 travel scholarships.

Scholarships will be awarded competitively based on the committee’s ranking of applications received by the deadline of May 17, 2019.

Scholarship Eligibility

ALA attendees are encouraged to participate in AvramCamp if they:

  • Identify as a woman or non-binary in a way that is significant to them;
  • Participate in library technology (in any role);
  • Can actively participate in discussions about women’s and non-binary people’s experiences in library technology, including talking about their achievements and the challenges they face;
  • Want to work together and share strategies to support and promote women in the field;
  • Are young or old; students or professionals; from a diverse range of backgrounds and types of libraries; and reflective of the breadth of librarianship.

These scholarships are intended for people who couldn’t otherwise attend AvramCamp. We can’t assess your financial need and trust you to self-identify accurately.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form.

Applications are due May 17th and scholarship winners will be notified by May 31st.

Scholarship selections will be made by the LITA AvramCamp Steering Committee.

Thank you to our generous individual donors!

We also thank our sponsor, OCLC, for supporting travel scholarships to help build connections for participants who would not otherwise have access to these opportunities

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Information Technology and Libraries [ITAL] is LITA’s quarterly, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. If you are a LITA member who is interested in furthering the scholarly record for library technology, apply to serve on the ITAL Editorial Board.

The Board has a critical role to play in building the foundation for the journal’s next 50 years and as such, we try to make it reflect the broad diversity of the LITA membership. Members of the Board have several key responsibilities:

  • Reviewing articles submitted to the journal and providing guidance to the editor on suitability for the journal and contribution to the field;
  • Shaping the direction and strategy for the journal; and
  • Soliciting and developing articles from your peers.

Subject Expertise: In particular, we need editorial reviewers in the areas of user experience, library services platforms and metadata management, and discovery systems. However, individuals with expertise in all areas at the intersection of libraries and technologies are encouraged to apply.

Duties: In addition to reviewing 2-3 submissions each quarter, Board members are expected to participate in monthly online meetings. Attendance at ALA Annual and Midwinter is not required. A term of service is two years (July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021), and an individual may serve up to two consecutive terms.

More Information: See the Information Technologies and Libraries website or the ITAL Editorial Board page. Still have questions? Please contact ITAL Editor Ken Varnum or any current member of the Editorial Board.

How to Apply: Complete your application, which includes a brief statement of interest by May 18, 2019. Please include a description of how you could enhance the Board’s diversity on any dimension you feel is important.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA publications, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org.

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Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time

As academic librarians, we help build our students into digital citizens. They need the tools and resources to be savvy tech users and to become information literate. We need to make sure that our students understand the permanence of their digital actions. This 90-minute webinar explores how you can collaborate with students to expand their digital citizenship skills within your campus community through academic departments, technology offices, and student engagement initiatives.

You’ll learn research-based best practices that you can implement using the framework of the hero’s journey without creating an additional burden on faculty, staff, and students.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and examine an expanded understanding of “digital citizenship” within the context of college/university life.
  • Identify areas where increased awareness and practice is needed within the college/university community
  • Create authentic training for increasing digital citizenship within the college/university community

Presenter: Casey Davis, Instructional Designer (IT), Arizona State University’s University Technology Office

More LITA Continuing Education

Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform Migration
May 30, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Hong Ma

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space @ Your Library
June 11, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Presenter: Jessica Bennett

Check out our new spring lineup and get details on our latest round of online learning to boost your skill set!

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Sharon Han has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and LITA for her paper titled “Weathering the Twitter Storm: Early Uses of Social Media as a Disaster Response Tool for Public Libraries During Hurricane Sandy.” Han is a Master of Science in Library and Information Science candidate at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences.

“Sharon Han’s paper is an excellent case study of the nascency of social media that also offers pragmatic guidance for libraries responding to community needs in times of crisis. Her substantial dataset, well-developed taxonomy, and the systematic coding and analysis resulted in interesting research findings as well as fertile grounds for further research on social media as an extension of library services,” said Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, the Chair of this year’s selection committee.

When notified she had won, Han remarked, “I am honored to receive the the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award for 2019. As a library student, I am grateful for the professional library community that supports student research and development. I would like to thank the award committee, Ex Libris, Professor Melissa Ocepek (UIUC) for encouraging me to apply, and my friends, mentors, and family for their support.”

The LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award recognizes outstanding writing on a topic in the area of libraries and information technology by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program. The winning manuscript will be published in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), LITA’s open access, peer reviewed journal, and Han will receive $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

The members of the 2019 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award Committee are: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (Chair), Eric Phetteplace (Past Chair), Sofia A. Slutskaya, and Ken Varnum (ITAL Editor).

Thank you to Ex Libris Group for sponsoring this award.

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New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

Northampton Community College, Online Learning Information Services Librarian, Bethlehem, PA

Johns Hopkins University, Software Engineer, Baltimore, MD

Miami University, Web Services Librarian/Assistant/Associate Librarian, Oxford, OH

New This Week

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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