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Emerging Technologies, Evolving Professionals:Change Management Practices for Library Systems and Technologies

Upcoming LITA title (2019)

By Courtney McAllister
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018
Decisions Announced: July 1, 2018
Do you have first-hand experience managing technology changes at a museum, archive, or public/academic/special/law/corporate/military/medical library? A technology change could be an intimidating project, like an ILS migration or makerspace launch, or something a bit more subtle, like introducing a new chat widget at the reference desk. Please consider submitting a brief write-up of your experience to enrich an upcoming LITA guide.
As we all know, library systems and technologies are evolving rapidly, but maintaining one’s technical skill set is not enough to successfully organize and implement change. Information professionals must also develop techniques that enable them to navigate the intricate interplay of human anxieties, perceptions, expectations, and mental models that accompany technological change. This guide is designed to equip new and seasoned practitioners with the strategies they need to master interpersonal and technical interdepencies.
“Notes from the Field” segments will integrate a diverse range of condensed case studies into the guide’s core chapters. These brief, first-hand experiences will address the following topics (please focus on either 1, 2, or 3):
1. The role of change agents in technology change. Specifically,
a) Your experience hiring a change agent to introduce or implement a technology change…
What was the catalyst for the change agent?
What traits did you look for in a prospective change agent?
How did other staff respond?
What worked/didn’t work?
Was the technology change successful?
If you started the process from scratch, what would do you differently?
b) Your experience fulfilling the role of a technology change agent…
How did other staff respond?
What strategies did you employ to adapt?
What worked/didn’t work?
Was the technology change successful?
If you started the process from scratch, what would you differently?
2. The role of assessment in technology change. Specifically,
What assessment strategies have worked/not worked for you.
What questions have you asked to guide your assessment of how technologies are operating within your organization?
How have you determined technology needs at your organization?
How have you evaluated potential technology changes?
3. Socializing technology changes among end users. Specifically,
How have you promoted or announced an upcoming technology change to end users?
How did you gather feedback?
How did you respond to user feedback?
What surprised you most about user reactions?
Please write a brief (1,000 words max) summary of your experience(s) with any ONE of the above topics, and submit for consideration by June 15, 2018
Please send an email with your submission and contact information to Use of the following subject line is strongly encouraged: LITA Case Study, YOUR NAME
Notification emails will be sent by July 1, 2018
Thank you very much!
Courtney McAllister

CPT Courtney R. McAllister, MA, MLIS | Electronic Resources Librarian

LITA Preconference Proposals ALA, New Orleans

Submit Your Preconference ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference 

New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting the submission of innovative and creative preconference proposals for the 2018 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for either full day or half day sessions to take place on Friday, June 22, 2018. Preconferences should emphasize hands on and interactive experiences. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. Programs should be of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

  • Submission Deadline: November 6, 2017
  • Final Decisions: November 15, 2017

Proposals will be accepted via our online form

Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

Equity in access to digital literacy training

Call for Chapters
The role of the library as technology facilitator has been well established by the efforts of library professionals over the last decade. Yet libraries still have vastly differing resource levels, leading to some libraries providing more access to emerging technologies than others. People from rural communities, urban areas, the poor, and new immigrants are just some of the populations who are not being exposed to technology in meaningful and substantive ways. How do we level the technology playing field, and how do libraries act as a vector for that?
Has your library addressed these issues? Have you made strides in addressing the broader digital divide and can you offer practical solutions to others who are looking to do the same? We are looking for case studies from practitioners who have been able to offer high quality technology and training for patrons and library systems. We are looking for proposals that address projects on the following themes, physical access, patron and staff training, makerspaces, technology for jobs and business, and tech industry partnerships. Proposals are welcome from varying communities, including both urban and rural areas. Proposals from authors of diverse backgrounds are encouraged.
Each chapter should include:
An explanation of the problem and community need, including demographics and geographical information about the community
A project summary, including budget, resources, methods and process
A description of how the project affected the community and lessons learned
Chapters may include up to 5 figures such as images or graphs
Proposals should include;
Author Name(s)
Brief author bio(s)
Proposed Chapter Title
A summary of the proposed chapter (300 – 500 words)
Proposals should be submitted to, and will be due January 1, 2017, drafts of chapters will be due May 1, 2017.
The book will be published as a LITA Guide with Rowman and Littlefield.

2017 ALA Annual LITA Top Tech Trends

We are currently seeking nominations for panelists for the 2017 ALA Annual LITA Top Tech Trends program in Chicago, IL, Sunday June 25, 2017!  You may nominate yourself or someone you know who would be a great addition to the panel of speakers.
LITA’s Top Trends Program has traditionally been one of the most popular programs at ALA. Each panelist discusses two trends in technology impacting libraries and engages in a moderated discussion with each other and the audience.
Submit your nominations at  Deadline is Sunday, December 4th.
The LITA Top Tech Trends Committee will review each submission and select panelists based on their proposed trends, experience, and overall balance to the panel.
For more information about past programs and our upcoming MidWinter program, please visit

LITA Guides

LITA is looking for authors for its popular LITA Guides series, published by Rowman and Littlefield. To see new or upcoming titles please go to

Topics under consideration include:

Selecting and implementing cutting edge technologies in libraries

Big data and privacy

Implementing virtual or augmented reality experiences in the library

Budgeting for technology in libraries

Technology grant proposals for libraries

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own.  I am happy to work with all interested authors on preparing a proposal.

You can email me directly at

Please feel free to share this announcements with other listservs

Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.

Seton Hall University Libraries

400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07452

19th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association

The 2016 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for the 19th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association in Fort Worth Texas, November 17-20, 2016 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Submit your proposal at this site

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate. Collaborative and interactive concurrent sessions, such as panel discussions or short talks followed by open moderated discussions, are especially welcomed. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

The Submission deadline is Friday April 29, 2016.

Proposals could relate to, but are not restricted to, any of the following topics:

  • Discovery, navigation, and search
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • User experience
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Open content, software, and technologies
  • Assessment
  • Systems integration
  • Hacking the library
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Consortial resource and system sharing
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Library I.T. competencies

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; a discounted registration rate will be offered.

If you have any questions, contact Tammy Allgood Wolf, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at

Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2016 Volume: The Future of Library Space

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Missoula College at the University of Montana

Libraries are dealing with unprecedented changes on several fronts:
technological developments, funding difficulties, and an increasing need to
prove themselves to a demanding population.  These factors understandably
impact physical library space. Looking toward the future, what changes can we
expect to see in how libraries use space?

The first 2016 volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization
will focus on the future of library spaces.  ALAO offers long-form research,
comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of
evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series
aims to answer the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how
should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of
research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that
traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners
can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the
exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2016 volume on the future of library
space. If you are interested in being part of this volume, please send a
proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to by July 31, 2015.

Submission deadlines:

Submission deadline for proposals: July 31, 2015
Notification of acceptance sent by August 31, 2015
Submission deadline for full chapters: October 31, 2015
Submission deadline for chapter revisions: December 31, 2015
To maximize your use of LITA-L or to unsubscribe, see

LITA Guides

The LITA Division of ALA is looking for authors for its popular LITA Guide Series. Possible topics include:

  • Recruitment and retention of a diverse technical staff
  • Patron privacy and technology
  • Assessment
  • Linked data
  • Designing a curriculum to teach coding
  • User-centered design
  • Legislative IT policies and their effect on libraries.

While we welcome proposals on these topics, we are open to any ideas you may have or any area of technology you’d like to explore.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own. You may email me directly at Marta Deyrup

LITA Top Tech Trends

The LITA Top Tech Trends committee would once again like to solicit self-nominations for our program at Annual. What technologies do you think will affect libraries in the future? How can we best prepare and respond? We’re excited to see what you’re working on and thinking about.

Fresh voices and diverse panelists are especially encouraged to respond.

You can review past TTT programs and the trends that panelists selected at

Data-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms

CFP: ALA Annual 2015 Presentation 

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:00 to 2:30 pm Where: San Francisco, Room TBD


The LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT)  Interest Group seeks 3 – 4 panelist to join the presentation at ALA Annual 2015.


Presentation Title: Data-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms


Presentation Description: 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.


Physical attendance is required for the presentation and/or attendance at ALA Annual 2015. Deadline for proposal submission is March 30th, 2015. Please submit proposals via the form


Feel free to email us off the list for any questions you might have.




Robert Nunez, LITA HoLT IG Vice-Chair

Hong Ma, LITA HoLT IG Chair