Magazine article American Libraries

The Association's Associations: LITA

Magazine article American Libraries

The Association's Associations: LITA

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NATIONAL FORUM HEADS TO CINCINNATI

The Library and Information Technology Association hosts its 11th annual National Forum, "Technology and Community: Building the Techno Community Library," October 16-19 in Cincinnati, with more than 30 concurrent sessions, preconferences, keynote addresses, and poster sessions. The programs will explore leading-edge technologies and their applications in all types of libraries and will provide networking opportunities, including a reception, networking dinners, and an open gaming night.

Preconference topics are "Innovations in Next Generation Library Management Systems" and "Marketing the Value of the Library's IT Department." Keynote speakers are Tim Spalding, founder and developer of LibraryThing.com; Michael Porter, community product manager at Webjunction; and R. David Lankes, director of the Information Institute of Syracuse University.

NEW WEB INITIATIVES

Earlier this year, LITA's Blogs, Interactive Groupware, and Wikis Interest Group (BIGWIG) launched YourBIGWIG at www.yourbigwig.com, designed to promote better communication among members and to provide a new virtual workspace. …

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