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LITA National Forum 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, Meghan Weeks, Andromeda Yelton


The committee continues to prepare 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.

In spring, 2013, the committee met virtually to look at program proposals.  We accepted 35 concurrent sessions and 15 posters.  As of September 5, we have had 2 concurrent sessions and 1 poster drop out.  Since we have fewer presentations than the number of slots, we will be able to have at least one lightning presentation session.  There will be two pre-conferences: Rosalyn Metz from Stanford University on Project Management and Blake Carver from LIShost on IT security.

We have confirmed our three keynote speakers.  Travis Good from Make: Magazine will talk about the “Making Maker Libraries”; Nate Hill from the Chattanooga Public Library will speak about participatory learning and libraries; and Emily Gore from the Digital Public Library of America will talk about the community effort behind DPLA.

Anita Dryden (Louisville native), Weiling Liu (University of Louisville), and Lee Burchfield (Louisville Free Public Library) are working on local arrangements.

We are re-branding the previous Risky Business contest to award a prize for the presentation that best embodies the conference theme of Creation, Collaboration, Community.  We are working on securing a prize.


The chair has been very concerned about low participation in the sponsor showcase and would like LITA to examine possible changes that could be made to conference sponsorships.


We’re working on local logistics to have the keynote sessions streamed.  We are also connecting with SpringShare to develop their LibMobile tool to create a mobile website for Forum.