LITA Forum

Do you have a new or innovative way of providing services to your users? The LITA 2008 National Forum is a great way of sharing your knowledge with others.

Due Date for proposals: December 15, 2007

The 2008 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the 11th annual LITA National Forum to be held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio from October 16-19, 2008

Theme: Technology and Community: Building the Techno Community Library

The Forum Committee is interested in presentations that highlight specific technology implementations; just over-the-horizon technologies that aren’t quite ready for implementation; or information technology research. We are interested in all types of libraries: public, government, school, academic, special, and corporate. Proposals on any aspect of library and information technology are welcome.

Some possible ideas for proposals might include:

Social Computing: social tools, collaborative software, etc.
User created content: Book reviews, tagging, etc.
Mobile connectivity: iPhones, iPods, handhelds
Virtual worlds
Multiplayer Gaming in Education and Libraries
Open Source Software: creative uses of OSS, technology on a budget.
Federated and Meta-Searching: design and management, integrated access to resources, search engines
Digital Libraries/ Institutional Repositories: developments in resource linking, preservation, maintenance, web services
Authentication and Authorization: Digital Rights Management (DRM), authentication, privacy, services for remote patrons
Web design: information architecture, activity-centered design, user-centered design, usability testing
Technology Management: project management, geek management, budgeting, knowledge sharing applications
Internet Law: privacy, copyright, filtering
RFID in libraries

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries and/or be of interest to librarians. Concurrent sessions are approximately 75 minutes in length. Forum 2008 will also accept a limited number of poster session proposals. Presenters are required to submit handouts one month in advance for the Forum notebook, and handouts will be made available on the Web site after the event.

Your proposals are welcome and much appreciated! To submit a proposal, send the following information via email (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF format):

Abstract and brief outline
Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
Brief biographical information. Include experience as a presenter and expertise in the topic
Full contact information
Is this proposal for a concurrent session?
Is this proposal for a poster session?
If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be considered for a poster session?
How did you hear about the 2007 Forum call for proposals?

The 2008 Forum Planning Committee will review proposals at the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2008. You will be contacted about the status of your proposal by the end of February 2008.

Submit proposals (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF) by December 15, 2007 to:
Mary Taylor
Executive Director
Library and Information Technology Association

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