Preliminary Program

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The programs and sessions that you'll find here are preliminary listings. More programs, sessions, and details will be added throughout the spring, descriptions will be updated, and by the time everything is finalized, you'll have more than 2,000 programs, sessions, events, and other opportunities to choose among. The full program and Scheduler will be available in mid-May.

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A Tale of Two Cities: NYPL and CPL Wi-Fi Lending Projects
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In an effort to close the digital divide and address the lack of broadband access among low-income residents, New York Public Library’s “Check Out the Internet,” and Chicago Public Library’s “Internet to Go” services allow patrons to check out and take home Wi-Fi hotspots. This program will describe the approaches each library took to attack the problem of the digital divide in their cities, provide an update, discuss lessons learned and plans for the future.

Interests :
Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Services
Type of Library :
All
Authority Control Interest Group
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The joint LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group provides a forum for discussion of a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority of data.

Paul Frank (Library of Congress), Shana McDanold (Georgetown University), and Bob Maxwell (Brigham Young University) will discuss their thoughts on authority control. The hope is to spark ideas and discussions for future ACIG meetings (as we go into the next 30 years!).

Janis L. Young (Library of Congress) will be giving her regular semi-annual and very popular report from the Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

Nancy Lorimer (Stanford University and Chair of MLA’s Genre/Form Task Force) will discuss the February 2015 release of 600 genre/form terms for musical works, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Music Library Association. This is part of the larger project to expand the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) to new domains, She will review the music vocabulary, its origins, the decision-making processes during its development, the interaction of LCGFT terms with those of the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT), and explain areas of the vocabulary that are still being developed or are otherwise in flux. She will also provide several examples on its use of LCGFT music terms and provide an introduction to Provisional Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources,a document created by the Music Library Association Vocabularies Subcommittee and Genre/Form Task Force to provide temporary guidelines until official documentation is completed.

Jeremy Myntti (University of Utah), Anna Neatrour (University of Utah), and Nate Cothran (Backstage Library Works) will discuss the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library work with Backstage Library Works to develop an automated solution for authority control in fields for digital library metadata to provide consistency and improve access to collections. An early version of this project was originally presented at ALA Annual 2013, and they have continued on to make improvements and refinements based on the initial work. They completed processing the metadata for several digital collections with Backstage. After this processing was completed, they started looking at ways to standardize the metadata values that Backstage was unable to match to an existing LC authority by using OpenRefine to add further improved values. This presentation will show the results from this project, including lessons learned and future directions for the project to prepare this metadata for a linked data environment.

Interests :
Cataloging, Metadata
Type of Library :
All
Blend It: Using Technology to Create Onsite/Online Learning Spaces
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Perceived barriers between our onsite and online colleagues and other learners are rapidly eroding. Using social media tools (e.g., Twitter, Facebook private groups, and Google+ Hangouts) and mobile devices allows us to draw people together when and wherever needed. Join us for this interactive session that uses a couple of case studies to show how online and onsite groups can be brought together for meetings and learning opportunities in a variety of settings.

Interests :
Distance Learning, Instruction, Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Teaching & Learning
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All
Bringing Cities, Libraries and Citizens Together through Open Data Hackathons
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City-library partnerships promoting open data can support the shared goals of promoting civic engagement and open access to information. Edmonton Public Library will discuss how co-hosting a hackathon for International Open Data Day with the City of Edmonton supported the city’s Open City initiative, encouraged citizen app development, and strengthened the library's efforts to be a provider of open data, teacher of data literacy and a home for civic hacking.

Interests :
Community Engagement, Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Community Relationships
Type of Library :
All
Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace: Panel of Inventors & Librarians Working Together [$]
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Computers have changed our lives, but what do we really know about them? Library/information centers can provide answers. Via this hackerspace hosted innovative and experiential session, attendees will learn practical skills. Soldering and learning the basics of Arduino programing leaving being able to create and adapt programs for their own needs. Following, this a panel of Silicon Valley insiders and librarians will share how their institutions programs on programming contribute to analytical thinking.

(An additional materials fee of $25, payable at the door, may apply for this session. )

Interests :
Emerging Technologies, Technology
Cost :
$235 LITA Member; $350 ALA Member; $380 Non-Member
Content Area :
Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
All
CANCELLED DUPLICATE LITA/ALCTS Marc Formats Transition Interest Group
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LITA/ALCTS Marc Formats Transition Business Meeting Interest Group.

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Technology
CANCELLED DUPLICATE SESSION LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group
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LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group

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Technology
CANCELLED Let's Hack a Collaborative Library Website! [$]
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In this hackathon attendees will learn to use the Bootstrap front-end framework and the Git version control system to create, modify and share code for a new library website. Expect a friendly atmosphere and a creative hands-on experience that will introduce you to web literacy for the 21st century librarian. Morning will consist of in-depth introductions to the tools, while afternoon will see participants split into working groups to build a single collaborative library website.

Interests :
Emerging Technologies, Technology
Cost :
$235 LITA Member; $350 ALA Member; $380 Non-Member
Content Area :
Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
All
CANCELLED Library Code Year Interest Group
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Meeting of the joint ALCTS/LITA interest group

Interests :
Digital Libraries, Emerging Technologies, Metadata, Trends and Forecasting
Type of Library :
All
Collect Building Census Without Effort
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Through careful analysis of wireless ("wifi") controller logs it is possible to understand a great deal about patron locations and visit times in a Library building(s). The exact types and numbers of wireless devices carried can be known, as well as the nature of their use. The data are available on demand, do not harm patron privacy, and can replace manual headcounts.

Interests :
Administration and Management, Assessment and Evaluation, Emerging Technologies, Technology
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Transforming: Customer & User Expectations
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All
Creating Better Tutorials Through User-Centered Instructional Design [$]
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Have you wanted to involve users as you design interactive e-learning, but aren’t sure where to start? In this unique, hands-on workshop, you will learn the core and emerging principles of instructional and user experience design and apply what you have learned to design, develop, and test a tutorial you create. Workshop facilitators will cover topics including design thinking, user-centered pedagogy, user interface prototyping, and intercept usability testing while providing hands-on practice in each area.

Interests :
Emerging Technologies, Technology
Cost :
$235 LITA Member; $350 ALA Member; $380 Non-Member
Content Area :
Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Type of Library :
All
Data-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms
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Libraries are seeking solutions to track how patrons interact with libraries web resources to build data-driven services. The hard part is trying to capture users’ interaction across platforms (library discovery interface, library catalogs, subject databases, and others like social media). The LITA HoLT interest group will assemble a panel to discuss technologies and best practices to capture user’s interaction with web platforms, visualize the data in various ways.

Interests :
Assessment and Evaluation, Electronic Resources, Research and Statistics, Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Services
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All
Executive Perspectives: a candid look into the Library Technology industry; anticipating next moves
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Libraries in the US collectively invest almost half a billion dollars annually in the platforms that manage and provide access to their collections and services. Marshall Breeding, author of the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries, will assemble and moderate a panel of executives representing organizations that produce software or services for libraries. Breeding will give a brief introduction and will then lead a lively discussion to probe at the technology and business trends currently in play, including industry consolidation, differing approaches to opening software to library programmers, and the shift toward cloud-based technologies. The panel is scheduled to include: Kim Massana, Chief Executive Officer Innovative Interfaces; Matti Shem-Tov, President and Chief Executive Officer Ex Libris; Bill Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer SirsiDynix; Kurt Sanford, Chief Executive Officer ProQuest; Skip Prichard, President and Chief Executive Officer OCLC; Annette Harwood Murphy, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President The Library Corporation.

Interests :
Administration and Management, Emerging Technologies, Integrated Library Systems (ILS), Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Customer & User Expectations
Type of Library :
All
Getting to know Git: the tool that allows you to collaborate, share and back-up your projects
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Work smarter, collaborate faster and share code or other files with the library community using the popular version control system Git. Featuring a mix of git fundamentals and hands-on exercises, participants will leave understanding the basics of Git, knowing how to use key commands and sharing their work on GitHub. We will spend the last 30 minutes helping users install and configure Git on their own laptops and answer any participant questions.

Interests :
Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
All
Herding the fuzzy bits: What do you do after crowdsourcing?
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Once you’ve invited the crowd to help, how do you use what they provide? Presenters will share ideas for incorporating crowdsource-enhanced data from many sources (flickr, transcription, twitter) back into collections, along with approaches--including “whoopsies” and remaining challenges--for quality control, data discovery, data disagreement, building communities, and scalability. The session will be interactive on Twitter locally and remotely, and will include fun activities to demonstrate some of the issues and methods at play. Additional information will be made available in an open online space for viewing and editing during the session at: http://s.si.edu/16ZfZ9b

Interests :
Cataloging, Social Media & Networks, Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Customer & User Expectations
Type of Library :
All
If we make it, will they come? Could introducing creative spaces add value to your community?
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Libraries have always provided knowledge to their patrons and many now offer Arduino, laser cutters & ShopBots, to engage curious minds and incubate local innovation. Where did funding come from? Did the space provide value? Pilot or Sustainable? Confirmed panelists include Library and independent Hacker/Maker space founders and directors to discuss the methodology of creation, their different funding structures, and share examples of how they provide value to their community through the services they provide.

Interests :
Technology, Transforming Libraries
Content Area :
Transforming: Physical & Virtual Space
Type of Library :
All
If You Publish Linked Data, Will they Come?
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Previous presentations on linked data have promoted the attitude of "if you publish it, they will come." How do we know our linked data is being used by others? How do we justify the effort spent to create the linked data? How are institutions publishing linked data evaluating the use of their data, specifically use by non-library entities? Panelists from institutions currently publishing linked data will attempt to answer these questions and provide insight into how they are defining the value of publishing linked data.

Interests :
Cataloging, Electronic Resources, Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
All
Learn to teach coding and mentor technology newbies - in your library or anywhere! [$]
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Black Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and grow the number of women of color working in technology. LITA is devoted to putting on programs that promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology. Together, BCG and LITA offer this full day pre-conference workshop, designed to turn reasonably tech savvy librarians into master technology teachers. The workshop will help attendees develop effective lesson plans and design projects their students can complete successfully in their own coding workshops. The schedule will feature presentations in the morning followed by afternoon breakout workgroups, in which attendees can experiment with programming languages such as Scratch, Ruby on Rails, and more.

Interests :
Emerging Technologies, Technology
Cost :
$235 LITA Member; $350 ALA Member; $380 Non-Member
Content Area :
Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
All
Lightning Presentations
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Get up to the minute updates organized by LITA from your colleagues in this series of 5 minute presentations about the usage of technology in libraries.

Interests :
Emerging Technologies, Technology
Content Area :
Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
All
Linked Library Data Interest Group
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Linked Data Love: research representation, discovery, and assessment

Kristi Holmes, PhD
Director, Galter Health Sciences Library
Associate Director of Evaluation, NUCATS
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The explosion of linked data platforms and data stores over the last five years has been profound – both in terms of quantity of data as well as its potential impact. Research information systems such as VIVO (www.vivoweb.org) play a significant role in enabling this work. VIVO is an open source, Semantic Web-based application that provides an integrated, searchable view of the scholarly activities of an organization. The uniform semantic structure of VIVO-ISF data enables a new class of tools to advance science. This presentation will provide a brief introduction and update to VIVO and present ways that this semantically-rich data can enable visualizations, reporting and assessment, next-generation collaboration and team building, and enhanced multi-site search. Libraries are uniquely positioned to facilitate the open representation of research information and its subsequent use to spur collaboration, discovery, and assessment. The talk will conclude with a description of ways librarians are engaged in this work – including visioning, metadata and ontology creation, policy creation, data curation and management, technical, and engagement activities.

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VIVO and BIBFRAME: Understanding People through Linked Data

Steven Folsom
Discovery Metadata Librarian
Cornell University Library

Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) is a collaboration of the Cornell University Library, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and the Stanford University Libraries, and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project attempts to illustrate the value of linked data through a number of use cases; the focus of LD4L Use Case 2 is to “See and search on Works by people to discover more works and better understand people”. To this end, LD4L has experimented with connecting university faculty profiling systems with library data about the intellectual output of the university. This presentation will describe a pilot to preprocess MARC records for Cornell theses for conversion to BIBFRAME with VIVO URIs, ultimately providing greater context to student theses and more fully reflecting faculty service to the university.

Interests :
Cataloging, Digital Libraries, Electronic Resources, Emerging Technologies, Metadata
Type of Library :
All

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