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Blog with LITA! Party with LITA and OCLC!

Feel free to “meme” this post far and wide…

The motley gang involved in building the LITA blog and getting it going by ALA Annual in Chicago is seeing it take shape… we have four designer/page coders (all ladies, interestingly), two installers, any number of kibitzers (and kibitzing is invaluable when you’re crafting policy), blogging volunteers, and that most invaluable person in any library organization, The Scheduler, in our case the brilliant and alluring Michelle Boule.

I’m copying the LITA blogging priorities below. If you’ll be at ALA in Chicago and you can cover at least one event, email Michelle. You don’t need prior blogging experience. If you’re just trying out LITA and you’d like to meet us through blogging, speak up too. We aren’t worried about multiple bloggers for events–in fact, that’s a plus! Low-cost wi-fi will be available at the conference if you want to blog in realtime, though it’s ok to delay your posts a bit. We’ll have “Internet at ALA” tips available soon.

The LITA bloggers will meet at least twice at the conference: once at the LITA Happy Hour and once at the OCLC Blogger’s Reception. The rest of the time, the on-site blogging SWAT team (currently Kevin Clarke and I, though I think several more will join us) will be available by phone, cell, email, IM, and small messages slipped under our hotel room doors.

LITA Bloggers’ Face-to-Faces

We may come up with an additional event just for us, but for right now we’re piggybacking on…

LITA Happy Hour: Big Bar of the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, on Friday, June 24, 2005, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Hyatt Regency is located at 151 East Wacker Drive, east of Michigan Avenue along the south bank of the Chicago River.

OCLC Bloggers’ Reception: Sunday, June 26, beginning at 5:30pm, at the OCLC Blue Suite, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. (RSVP so they know how many cocktail weenies to order.)

LITA Blogging Events (we could also use “local color” bloggers):

Fri, June 24

8am-5pm LITA: Implementing and Integrating Shibboleth

8am-12:30pm LITA: Developing a Culture of Assessment in Library Information Technology Services

1pm-5pm LITA: Introduction to Web Services

1:30pm-4:40pm OCLC: Mining the Long Tail: Libraries, Amazoogle, and Infinite Availability

Sat, June 25

8:30am-10am RUSA-MARS: Do You Trust Your IT Staff? Do They Trust You?…

8:30am-12pm LITA: Access, Preservation, and Interchange: Digital Imaging with JPEG 2000

8:30am-12pm LITA: Radio Frequency Identification Technology in Libraries: Meeting with RFID Experts

8:30am-12pm LITA: Searching Digital Resources: How Do People Search? How Do We Know…

10:30am-12pm ALA-LRRT: Innovations in Service at the Seattle Public Library: Connecting Research…

1:30pm-3:30pm LITA: Implementing a Federated Search Tool

1:30pm-3:30pm LITA: Science Fiction: The Literature of Ideas

1:30pm-3:30pm LITA: Project Shibboleth: Issues and Answers

1:30pm-3:30pm RUSA-RSS: New Reference Research: 11th Annual Reference Research Forum

Sun, June 26

8:30am-12pm LITA: To Save or Not to Save? Strategies for Protecting Patron Information Revisited

10:30am-12pm LITA: Greenstone Digital Libraries: Installation to Production

10:30am-12pm RUSA-MARS: E-Conference Services: What Are Our Users Telling Us?

1:30pm-3:30pm OITP/OIF/ Technology and Access: Tiny Trackers” Protecting Privacy in and RFID World

1:30pm-3:30pm LITA: Top Technology Trends – An Ongoing Discussion with Library Technology Experts

1:30pm-3:30pm LITA: XML and Authority Control

1:30pm-3:30pm RUSA: Reference Interactions in the Digital Age: Revising the RUSA Behavioral Guidelines

1:30pm-3:30pm ALCTS: Print in the Post Electronic World: When Just in Case Becomes Just in Time

1:30pm-3:30pm ACRL-ULS: Pat to Play: Debating Models for Scholarly Publishing

4pm-5pm LITA Pres. Prog.: Digital Searching to Digital Reading: Helping Users in an Online World

Mon, June 27

8:30am-12pm LITA: Policies and Practices of Instructional Repositories

1:30pm-3:30pm LITA: Google and Libraries: What’s in Store for Google Print and Google Scholar

1:30pm-5:30pm LITA: MODS, MARC, and Metadata Interoperability

1:30pm-3:30pm RUSA: Googling the Better Mousetrap: Cyber Resources on the Front lines of Reference

1:30pm-5:30pm ACRL: Time for a Reality Check: Academic Librarians in a TiVo-lutionary Age

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