From the ALA Director 4/4: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

Library and Information Technology Association  (LITA)

LITA Online Learning Opportunities

On April 2, LITA hosted a two-hour webinar – “All Aboard—the Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success”., The webinar provided a template for creating a comprehensive plan for social media usage and assessment.

“Getting Started with GIS” is a three week course on Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, popular online mapping resources, etc., and how libraries are incorporating this technology into their services and projects.  The course will run from April 21 – May 11.


LITA at the Annual Conference

Plan on spending “Sunday Afternoon with LITA” in Las Vegas.  The afternoon starts with the popular Top Technology Trends panel discussion.  Then there is a brief awards ceremony prior to the President’s Program by Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.  As the afternoon fades and the evening begins, the LITA Happy Hour wraps up the day.


LITA members Recognized as LJ Movers & Shakers

Five LITA members were included this year:  Rachel Vacek, innovator, Laura Damon-Moore, change agent, Sarah Sagmoen and Susan Lyon, marketers, and, Kyle Denlinger, tech leader.


Two New Guides Published

“Makerspaces Top Trailblazing Projects” by Caitlin A Bagley, and, “Responsive Web Design for Libraries” by Matthew Reidsma have been recently published by ALA TechSource.


Staff Change

Melissa Prentice has left LITA after more than seven years.  Melissa accomplished her MLS degree and is now the Manager of Public Services at the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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