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Thursday, June 27 - 8:00am

8:00am - 4:30pm
Library Makerspaces: The Field Trip [$] Preconference/Institute Offsite Location
Off Site
Description :

Makerspaces and Maker Faires are taking the country and the world by storm. As libraries have long been places where people from many backgrounds and experiences can gather to learn, exchange ideas, and work collaboratively, library makerspaces are a natural fit.

LITA and LibraryLab are joining together to hold this pre-conference at the Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Branch, where a new library makerspace is being installed.

Attendees will participate in a tour of the facility in addition to a combination of fun hands-on sessions that will offer participants opportunities to discover and learn about the maker movement. Discussion and brainstorming sessions with nationally recognized makers and early adopters of the makerspace in libraries movement will introduce participants to ideas, successes and failures, offering a rich dialogue about the art of the possible for all types of libraries. Takeaways will include a deeper understanding of the maker community, "making" and how it fits within the library's existing service model, and practical ideas and concrete solutions for those inspired to bring the movement to their home communities/libraries.

Cost :
$150

Friday, June 28 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Executive Committee (LITA) Committee meeting McCormick Place Convention Center
S503b
Description :

LITA Executive Committee Meeting

8:30am - 4:00pm
CANCELLED: Creating Scalable Laptop Services in Support of Learning & Research [$] Preconference/Institute McCormick Place Convention Center
S103a
Description :

Please note that this preconference has been cancelled.

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UCLA Library provides 500 dual-boot laptops for short-term loan to students, faculty and staff. Each laptop has Mac and Windows OS and software packages in support of instruction and research. Library staff share the workflow and logistical details for preparing software, imaging the machines, tracking software licensing, processing lending through Voyager and maintaining the hardware and software. Usage, security and assessment information for the laptops will also be shared. This workshop will help participants plan for similar services in their own libraries.

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Cost :
$235, LITA member; $350, ALA member; $495 non-member
8:30am - 4:00pm
Introductory Python Workshop [$] Preconference/Institute McCormick Place Convention Center
S103bc
Description :

Attendees at this pre-conference workshop will learn the basics of the Python programming language with ample opportunities for hands-on, project-based practice. Attendees will 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.
This workshop will be geared towards 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.

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Cost :
$235, LITA member; $350, ALA member; $495 non-member
8:30am - 4:00pm
Library Makerspaces: Participatory Play in the Library [$] Preconference/Institute McCormick Place Convention Center
S103d
Description :

Interested in getting started with participatory programming, makerspaces, and the DIY revolution? Learn about how other libraries are getting their patrons creating 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.

Cost :
$235, LITA member; $350, ALA member; $495 non-member

Friday, June 28 - 10:00am

10:00am - 12:00pm
Board of Directors (LITA) Governance/Membership Meeting McCormick Place Convention Center
S503b
Description :

LITA Board of Directors

Friday, June 28 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
LITA 101: Open House Orientation Session McCormick Place Convention Center
S401bc
Description :

LITA Open House is a great opportunity for current and prospective members to talk with Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leaders and learn how to make connections and become more involved in LITA activities.

Saturday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
Connecting Libraries and Vendor Platforms: Have we advanced from the Black Box to Open Systems? Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S402a
Description :

"No technology product created for libraries can reasonably satisfy the needs of all libraries “out of the box.” Rather, products provide a basic core of functionality designed to serve the general needs of libraries, with configuration options to set operational and cosmetic details for individual implementations. Many libraries, however, need to implement new functionality not delivered with the base product. Libraries might be able to press the developers of the products, developed under either proprietary or open source licenses, to create enhancements to the core system to meet these needs. A more sustainable model involves the use of application programming interfaces (API)s that allow library programmers to write code to extend the capabilities of the product, to enable interoperability with other applications, or to extract and manipulate data. Most of the major library management and discovery applications offer APIs that open up data and functionality to libraries and to third party developers.

This session aims to reveal the extent to which libraries can expect to extend products through exercising the APIs provided with their key technology products. I a dynamic debate format, the moderator will explore this topic with the chief technology or strategy officers of the major library vendors and with one or more library technologists involved in projects that rely on APIs.
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8:30am - 10:00am
Joint Committees and Interest Groups Chairs (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Madison Room
Description :

LITA Joint Chairs Business Meeting

8:30am - 10:00am
What you need to know before gamifying your library Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S103a
Description :

Gamification, the application of game design and mechanics for user engagement, is a society-wide trend, and game-based learning has recently surfaced as a hot topic in higher education. This program will provide (a) an overview of what gamification means in the library context, (b) what the potential benefits and pitfalls of gamification are and (c) a lively discussion by a group of librarians with many examples of pioneering gamifacation projects at academic and public libraries.

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Saturday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
All Committees Meeting (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

All Committees Meeting

10:30am - 11:30am
Assessment and Research (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

Business meeting

10:30am - 11:30am
CANCELLED: Web Coordinating (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

The Web Coordinating Committee will hold a business meeting to discuss future plans.

10:30am - 11:30am
Education (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

Business meeting

10:30am - 11:30am
Forum Planning (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

The Forum Planning Committee will hold a business meeting to discuss future plans.

10:30am - 11:30am
International Relations (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Ashland Room
Description :

Meeting of LITA's International Relations Committee

10:30am - 11:30am
ITAL Editorial Board (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

The ITAL Editorial Board will hold a business meeting to discuss future plans.

10:30am - 11:30am
Leveraging Campus Partnerships and Creating Library Advocates Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S103a
Description :

Representatives from the libraries and faculty instructional technology support unit at a mid-sized, private university will discuss several cross-departmental collaboration projects, including: a university-wide mobile learning initiative, the integration of library widgets into the course management system, and the creation of course-specific online research tutorials. Speakers from both units will discuss benefits and potential hurdles associated with cross-departmental collaboration. Participants will leave the session with implementable ideas for collaborating with similar units on their campuses.

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10:30am - 11:30am
Lightning Presentations Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S102a
Description :

Get up to the minute updates from your colleagues in this series of 15 minute presentations about the usage of technology in libraries. Information on presenters is posted to the LITABlog: http://litablog.org/2013/06/lita-lightning-rounds-at-ala-annual/

Interests :
10:30am - 11:30am
Membership Development (LITA) Committee meeting Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Room
Description :

The Membership Development Committee will hold a business meeting to discuss future plans.

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