The Association's Associations: LITA Educational Opportunities Abound. (News Fronts ALA)

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Members of the Library and Information Technology Association receive a wide array of opportunities to share their expertise and gain leadership experience. LITA also offers multiple educational opportunities for both members and nonmembers.

The 2002 LITA National Forum, "Making Connections," is slated for October 10-13 in Houston. Some 500 participants will take part in three general sessions, 36 concurrent sessions, and three preconferences. A reception, two breakfasts, lunch, breaks, and informal dinners offer additional networking opportunities. This year, the popular Sponsor Showcase, limited to 12 elite vendors, will begin with a Friday evening reception and will end Saturday afternoon. Preconference topics include "XML and Libraries," presented by Ron Gilmour; "Building Digital Libraries," featuring Howard Besser and Bernard Hurley; and "Technology Disasters: Planning for Them and Recovering from Them," hosted by David J. Ives. Check on space availability for the forum at www.lita.org/forumo2/onlinereg.html.

Throughout the year, libraries have an opportunity to select from several one-day LITA regional institutes on technology-related topics. This year's topics are: "eBooks: After Hype and Death, What Really Happens?" with Mark Beatty; "Proxy Web Servers and Authentication" led by Peter Murray; and "XML and Libraries" with Ron Gilmour. …