Library Information Technology Association

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The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is a division of the American Library Association, which is the oldest library association in the world.

LITA became a division of ALA in 1966 in response to the changing technological environment in libraries.[1] Originally called the Information Science and Automation Division, the name was changed in 1978 to the Library and Information Technology Association. LITA is headquartered in the Chicago ALA offices. Mary Taylor is the current LITA executive director (CEO).

LITA Conference Programming[edit]

LITA-sponsored sessions are a part of the annual and mid-winter meetings of the American Library Association. In addition, LITA sponsors the LITA National Forum which provides technology-focused programming in a small conference setting. First held in 1998, the LITA National Forum has become a highly regarded annual event for those whose work involves new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field.

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)[edit]

Information Technology and Libraries (ISSN 0730-9295) is the refereed journal published quarterly by LITA. ITAL content includes feature articles, communications, tutorials and reviews related to all aspects of libraries and information technology. Content is accessible at the ITAL Homepage. Current issues are only available to members and subscribers. However, after six months, the e-versions of the articles are open to all.

ITAL is abstracted in Computer & Information Systems, Computing Reviews, Information Science Abstracts and Library & Information Science Abstracts. It is indexed by a number resources including Computer Literature Index and Social Sciences Citation Index.


  1. ^ "About LITA". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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