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Call for Proposals: 2010 LITA National Forum, “The Cloud and The Crowd”

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The 2010 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the 13th annual LITA National Forum to be held in Atlanta GA, September 30 – October 3rd, 2010.

The theme for this year’s Forum is: The Cloud and the Crowd

The Forum Committee is interested in presentations about projects, plans, or discoveries in areas of library-related technology involving emerging cloud technologies, software-as-service, as well as social technologies of various kinds. We are interested in presentations from 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:

  • Using virtualized or cloud resources for storage or computing in libraries
  • Library-specific open source software (OSS) and other OSS “in” Libraries, technology on a budget
  • Crowdsourcing and user groups for supporting technology projects
  • Semantic Web
  • Training via the crowd
  • Social Computing: social tools, collaborative software, etc.
  • Engaging your “crowd”
  • User created content: Book reviews, tagging, etc.
  • Virtual worlds
  • 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
  • Security in the cloud: control vs flexibility, legal implications
  • 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
  • Globalization and library services – does it matter where your staff or users are?

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 and sessions of all varieties are welcomed from traditional single- or multi-speaker formats to panel discussions, case studies, and demonstrations of projects. Forum 2010 will also accept a limited number of poster session proposals. For projects that will still be in preliminary development in October 2010, we recommend presentations at a lightning talk or other “un-conference”-like activities for which time will be reserved at Forum. A call for these types of presentations and discussions will be issued after February 2010.

New this year: in response to attendee feedback, this year we will be offering “half-session” slots as well as full sessions. This is designed for speakers who do not wish to use the full 75 minutes, but who do not have a partner in mind to share the time with. The Committee will pair these half-sessions up so that the timing of the Forum remains organized. Please indicate in your proposal whether you are requesting a full or half session. Half sessions should plan on approximately 30 minutes speaking time to allow both speakers time to set up and for Q&A. If you are requesting a full session, you should be prepared to use most of the allotted time.

Presenters are required to submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts three weeks in advance for inclusion on the Forum USB drive, and are required to submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the Web site after the event.

Deadline for proposals: February 19, 2010

To submit a proposal now, click here.

The 2010 Forum Planning Committee will review proposals after the deadline, and you will be contacted about the status of your proposal by the end of March.

Questions? Contact the LITA Office:
(312) 280-4268

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.