LITA Workshops at ALA Annual in DC

If you happen to be attending ALA Annual in Washington DC this June and you are interested in learning more about open source and customizing LibGuides, then check out these workshops from LITA.

Please note that registration is required and the workshops are not free (they average around $200-$300).

Don’t miss these great educational opportunities coming to Washington, DC!

There is still time to register for one of LITA’s workshops, held Friday, June 25 in DC. Plus, you can take advantage of ALA Advanced Registration rates through May 14. Visit to register.

**Migrating to open source library systems**
Speaker: Terry Reese, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University; David Lindahl, Web Initiatives Manager, University of Rochester; Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
A number of libraries have successfully migrated to open source ILSs and digital repository systems such as Duraspace, Evergreen, and Koha.  But how did they get from point A to point B?  During the pre-conference, members of the LITA Open Source Software Interest Group and invited speakers will share practical tips and tricks for performing migrations and managing the migration process.

**Open Source CMS Playroom**
Speaker: Karen A. Coombs, Product Manager for Developer Network, OCLC; Amanda Hollister, Web Applications Specialist, LISHost
Open source content management systems present an opportunity for libraries to distribute content creation and maintenance and add Web 2.0 features to library websites. This workshop will provide an overview of several content management systems, compare and contrast system functionality and features, and demonstrate how open source CMSs can be used to enhance library websites. Bring your laptop to explore and compare basic installations of WordPress, Joomla, Silverstripe, and Drupal CMSs.

**Customize Your LibGuides Site**
Speakers:  Jenny Brandon, Web Designer/Reference Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries; Kelly Sattler, Head of Web Services, Michigan State University Libraries; Christine Tobias, Reference and Technology Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
LibGuides is a hosted content management system that enables libraries to post subject guides, course guides, information portals, etc. to the web. The LibGuides template allows administrators to upload a banner, and to choose from a limited selection of colors, tabs, and borders.  This hands-on workshop will provide instructions on how to further customize the LibGuides interface by adding custom header/footer code, and using CSS to create a unique look for your LibGuides site.

For more information other LITA events at Annual, visit

You do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to participate in a workshop. To register only for a workshop using the online form; in section “Registration Type,” select “Institutes and Ticketed Events Only” then select the workshop in section “Your Events.” When you check out, you will pay only for the workshop.

You can also fill out this form:, skip Section I, and return by fax to 1-800-521-6017 or mail:
ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters
568 Atrium Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

You may also add a workshop to your existing Annual Conference registration by calling ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 or accessing your registration online; add events in the “Your Events” section then check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

LITA, with more than 4,000 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. Its mission is to educate, serve and reach out to that community through its programs, publications and other activities. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.

We hope you will join us in Washington, DC this June!