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2011 LITA National Forum
September 29-October 2, 2011
Call for Proposals
(Due Date for proposals: February 18, 2011)

The 2011 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality pre-conferences, concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the 14th annual LITA National Forum to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, September 29-October 2, 2011.

The 2011 theme is:  Rivers of Data, Currents of Change

The Forum Committee is interested in pre-conferences and presentations about projects, plans or discoveries in areas of library-related technologies related to the identification, location, harvesting, harnessing, use, misuse, preservation and loss of data of all types and all formats in dynamic and emerging web environments. We welcome proposals related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special and corporate. Proposals on any aspect of library and information technology are solicited.

The Forum Committee is especially interested in presentations highlighting projects that are experimental or involve risk-taking. New this year to the Forum is a "Risky Business" contest in which attendees will vote for the presentation that best exemplifies these qualities.

Possible ideas for topics might include:

  *   Dynamics of Data
  *   The Intelligent Web
  *   Geolocation
  *   Data integration
  *   The Semantic Web
  *   Preservation of privacy and social data
  *   Linking data for personal growth, for enterprise and commerce
  *   Frameworks, boundaries and protocols
  *   Linking, sharing and intellectual property rights
  *   Public data vs. private data
  *   Data on the move
  *   Authentication, verification, validity
  *   Data economics
  *   Metadata and tagging

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. Sessions can be full-day pre-conferences, concurrent sessions (50 minutes), or poster sessions. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

We welcome and invite proposals for:

  *   Preconference (8 hours)
  *   Concurrent Session (50 minutes)
  *   Poster Session

 All concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes this year.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Submit proposals to:

The online form will ask for:

  *   Contact information
  *   Title
  *   Summary (one sentence, 200 characters) (Please exclude any information identifying the presenter(s) or his/her/their organization.)
  *   Abstract (400 words max.)
  *   Participatory elements of the presentation
  *   Level indicator (basic, intermediate or advanced)
  *   Brief biographical information
  *   Preferred choice of format
  *   Whether you would like to consider a paper in ITAL based upon your talk

You will be notified about the status of your proposal by mid-April.

Any questions regarding the Forum?  Please contact the LITA Office:

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Lucas (Wing Kau) Mak
Metadata and Catalog Librarian
Michigan State University
100 Library
East Lansing, MI 48824
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