Tuesday, October 12, 2004

CFP: LITA National Forum (Library and Information Technology Association)

Conference: LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) National Forum Conference Date: September 29-October 2, 2005
Conference Location: San Jose, California
Deadline: December 15, 2004

Theme: The Ubiquitous Web: Personalization, Portability, and Online Collaboration. Wireless connectivity and portable computing devices can take the Web almost anywhere, from the corner cafe to Timbuktu. Fire up a laptop or a handheld and you’re online—and not just online, but in an environment where sites remember you and adapt to you. Now what? Now that the technologies work, how do they work together? How do they help us work together? What does a ubiquitous Web mean for libraries?

The Forum Committee is particularly interested in presentations that highlight specific technology implementations, in any type of library. Proposals on all aspects of library and information technology are welcome.

Possible proposal topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Non-Traditional/New Media (including Streaming media, Electronic books and journals...)

2. Digital Libraries (Resource linking strategies, Creating and sustaining digital libraries, Preservation of digital records...)

3. Authentication and Authorization (Digital Rights Management, Authentication/privacy, Services for remote patrons, customization/personalization...)

4. Portals/Federated/Meta-Searching (Design and management of portals, Integrated access to resources, Search engines...)

5. Information architecture (Web application design and databases, Web content management...)

6. Emerging Technologies (Wireless technologies, Assistive technologies, New user services and new communities...)

7. Technology Management (IT Project Management, Forecasting, budgeting, and managing technological change, Knowledge sharing applications...)

8. Internet Law (Filtering Technology, Privacy...)

9. Open source software

10. Distance education and courseware

Presentations must have a technological focus and they must pertain to libraries and/or be of interest to librarians. Concurrent sessions are approximately 75 minutes in length.

Forum 2005 will also accept a limited number of poster session proposals. Presenters should indicate their interest in a poster session on their proposals. Presenters are required to submit handouts one month in advance for the Forum notebook, and handouts will be made available on the Web site after the event. Your proposals are welcome and much appreciated! To submit a proposal, send the following information via email (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF format):

• Title
• Abstract and brief outline
• Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
• Brief biographical information. Include experience as a presenter and expertise in the topic
• Full contact information
• Could this be a possible poster session?
• How you heard about the 2005 Forum Call for Proposals

The 2005 Forum Planning Committee will review proposals at the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2005. You will be contacted about the status of your proposal by the end of February 2005.

Submit proposals (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF) by December 15, 2004, to: Mary Taylor, mtaylor@ala.org, Executive Director, Library and Information Technology Association.