LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) Division
Join us for a lively panel and discussion about the challenges of gender issues in technology librarianship. At the intersection of librarianship (80% female), technology (80% male), and the culture at large, library technologists face an evolving, and sometimes surprising, set of gender issues. In recent blogs and panel discussions, we find that our different perspectives result in very different beliefs about what these issues look like today. This diverse panel will debate our varying experiences of gender in library technology, and invite your questions.
INVITATION to Responsive Design in Libraries - LITA Mobile Interest Group Virtual Meeting for ALA Midwinterby Laurie Bridges on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 02:28 pm
RESPONSIVE DESIGN IN LIBRARIES
Sponsored by the LITA Mobile Interest Group
ALA Midwinter Virtual Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 15.
9 am Hawaii - 10 am Alaska - 11 am Pacific -12 pm Mountain - 1 pm Central - 2 pm Eastern
Where: Virtually. Register at https://oregonconnect.ilinc.com/register/kbtvmbh
Description: The LITA – Mobile Computing IG is pleased to host the following presentations at its upcoming virtual meeting:
1. Responsive Introduction/Overview
Presenter: Brad Czerniak
Web design has been a tumultuous 20-year journey. Along the way, it has seen battles for standards, competing platforms, and exciting innovations — all in the name of delivering the best possible sites to users. In this presentation, Brad (the developer of possibly the first responsive library website) will give historical background that puts the shift toward responsive design in context. He will also layout some forward-thinking concepts for where web design and development are heading in the near future.
2. Your Library, Anywhere: A Modern, Responsive Library Catalogue at University of Toronto Libraries
Presenters: Bilal Khalid, Gordon Belray, Lisa Gayhart
With the recent surge in the mobile device market and an ever-expanding patron base with increasingly divergent levels of technical ability, the University of Toronto Libraries embarked on the development of a new catalogue discovery layer to fit the needs of its diverse users.
The result: (http://search.library.utoronto.ca) a mobile-friendly, flexible and intuitive web application that brings the full power of a faceted library catalogue to users without compromising quality or performance, employing Responsive Web Design principles. In this talk we will discuss: application development; interface design; and project communications.
3. Maintaining multiple responsive designs with a small staff
Presenter: Steve Cherry
The Catholic University of America libraries decided to adopt responsive design due to increasing mobile traffic. However, maintaining a unique theme for each site that needed one placed a huge burden on the small team. Steve will discuss some of the tools and techniques used to lessen that burden, allowing CUA Libraries to reuse the majority of code across systems.
4. Re-coding for Responsive Design: Tips, Tricks and Traps
Presenter: Alicia Virtue
This presentation is an overview of the strategies used to adapt and implement responsive design for the Santa Rosa Junior College library website (http://www.santarosa.edu/library). The SRJC library website serves as the main interface for student research and as the primary instructional tool for approximately 40 information literacy classes a semester. A discussion of the challenges faced in introducing multi-browser, multi-screen size performance while adhering to the College's visual design requirements will include strategies taken to implement consistent navigation across mobile phones, tablets and desktop interfaces as well use of media queries for presentation of text and graphics. Highlights of some of the tools used to showcase and feature library resources across multiple device and display sizes will be addressed, including use of adaptive slide shows, carousels, lightboxes and other jquery-based tools.
Interested in getting started with participatory programming, makerspaces, and the DIY revolution? Learn about how other libraries are getting their patrons creating physical content and collaborating with the community, often on a shoestring budget. Join us and find out how to incorporate creation and collaboration in your library at any starting point.
Participants will hear firsthand accounts from the library innovators who are working with their communities to create new opportunities for learning and making. They'll also get inspired and play along with us as they get real hands on experience creating robots, crafts, and works of art with local experts. Most importantly, those attending will get creatively connected and have fun doing it.
Makerspaces and Maker Faires are taking the country and the world by storm. As libraries have long been places where people from many backgrounds and experiences can gather to learn, exchange ideas, and work collaboratively, library makerspaces are a natural fit.
LITA and LibraryLab are joining together to hold this pre-conference at the Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Branch, where a new library makerspace is being installed.
Attendees will participate in a tour of the facility in addition to a combination of fun hands-on sessions that will offer participants opportunities to discover and learn about the maker movement. Discussion and brainstorming sessions with nationally recognized makers and early adopters of the makerspace in libraries movement will introduce participants to ideas, successes and failures, offering a rich dialogue about the art of the possible for all types of libraries. Takeaways will include a deeper understanding of the maker community, "making" and how it fits within the library's existing service model, and practical ideas and concrete solutions for those inspired to bring the movement to their home communities/libraries.
The LITA Board would like to improve and enhance the experience of new leaders through development of an orientation toolkit for the chairs of LITA Committee and Interest Groups. A group of 2013 Emerging Leaders (Margaret Heller, Katlin Heidgerken-Greene, and Zach Coble) are conducting this survey to gather data to create the orientation toolkit.
LITA members have valuable insight into leadership qualities that can create positive or negative experiences when participating in a LITA committee or interest group, so please so share those insights with us. The survey will remain available until April 8. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this important task: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7GNXG8C
Apologies for cross-posting.
I am conducting a survey on librarian experiences with Codecademy’s Code Year program. The survey is intended for library staff who completed at least one Code Year exercise in 2012. You do not need to have completed the entire Code Year program to participate. You must be 18 years old or older to participate.
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. No identifying information will be collected and your participation in this survey is voluntary.
To complete the survey, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1njVvhkHCtTRuYk7nvVFJIDv3pbwRlp4MmQPWD9k3r8Y/viewform
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LITA's Top Technology Trends session at Midwinter 2013 in Seattle will both return to its roots and take a new tack. As LITA's premier program on changes and advances in technology, the roundtable discussion will return to its original Midwinter form of a more informal discussion amongst library technology experts and thought leaders. The new tack will be to focus on a single broad area of current interest or concern to the library technology community.
The topic for Midwinter 2013 will be "If Data I Created Resides in a Cloud Environment, Is it Still Mine?". Lead by educator and librarian Carl Grant, of CARE Affiliates, a small group of library thought leaders will discuss the issues and ramifications of storing and mixing library created data with vendor-provided or licensed data in a cloud based or hosted environment.
Join your fellow LITA members in a conversation about how LITA responds to and involves its membership in the larger information, association, community-building, and technology-related landscape.
Inspired by ALA President Maureen Sullivan's charge to "Re-Imagine ALA," we will spend this year's town meeting re-imagining LITA. What works? What doesn't? And… what if? If we could draw the future of LITA, what would it look like? Join us in person in Seattle or online wherever you are—watch Twitter and ALA Connect for details for joining online, which will be shared closer to the event.
Hosted by LITA President-Elect, Cindi Trainor.
Web analytics strategy combines the library's mission, identified website goals, and customized Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure those goals. A web analytics strategy is essential for libraries because it helps them focus on the data that matters and defines what a library expects from an effective site. It also guides future development of the site and indicates potential areas for usability testing.
The workshop covers important web analytics concepts, metrics, and reports, discusses best practices for creating a web analytics strategy, specifically focusing on goal creation and selecting KPIs that fit; and demonstrates how to review the website use data to determine if the site is meeting the set expectations and the actions to take if it is not.
Recommendations on how to report and share this data will also be included. By the end of the session, each participant will have a beginning draft to a web analytics strategy that contains measurable goals and identified KPIs that fit their library's needs. While no prior experience with web analytics is required, participants should have access to the web analytics tool used to track they website they want to focus on in this session.