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2013 Forum Committee Report

Februrary 4, 2013


2013 LITA National Forum Report

Jenny Emanuel, Planning Committee Chair


Committee Members:

Anita Dryden, Margaret Heller, Brian Hickam, Weiling Liu, Eric Phetteplace, Susan Smith  (past chair), Ken Varnum, Megan Weeks, Andromeda Yelton


Throughout the fall of 2012, the committee laid the groundwork for the 2013 National Forum, to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 7-10, 2013.  The theme for the Forum is Creation, Collaboration, Community.

The committee wrote a call for proposals, which is available athttp://www.ala.org/lita/conferences/forum/2013.   The call was disseminated to a variety of sources. The committee is dedicated to reaching out to groups who may have never presented at the National Forum, including library school stduents and individuals from diverse backgrounds.  The initial call for presentations occurred in November and the committee plans an additional push in February.  Session proposals are due February 23, 2013.  The committee created a Google Form to gather proposals, similar to that used by the LITA Program Planning Committee.  Many presentations have already been submitted, and the committee is confident we will have a competitive pool.

As of the date of this report, two keynote speakers have been confirmed:  Travis Good from Make: Magazine and Nate Hill from the Chattanooga Public Library.  The committee is currently contacting a third keynote, keeping diversity in mind. 

The committee has an interest in maker spaces, and has reached to a local hackerspace community called LVL-1.  While we are not sure where they will fit into the program, we intend on either inviting them to do hands on demos or have a group of attendees travel to their space. 

This spring, the committee will meet virtually to evaluate proposals and frame the schedule for the Forum.  We will also help the LITA staff with recruiting sponsors for Forum, with the hope we will attract more sponsors than in the previous several years.  Finally, we are committed to streaming the conference keynotes and will work out logistics to make that happen.