Why Attend?

The LITA Forum deals with all things related to the intersection of libraries with technology.

Our schedule is full of hands-on and discussion-based activities, by design. We invite you to come learn professionally meaningful things in an engaging way, and network with your library technology colleagues.

Some hands-on sessions you’ll find at the 2018 LITA Forum in Minneapolis, MN:

“Playtime: Not Just For Kids”

The Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas is an interdisciplinary research group that works at the intersection of art, technology, and education. Whether developing Squishy Circuits, helping chefs create interactive pastry, developing Circus Science curriculum, or helping the band OK Go build a new platform for educators, collaboration is at the heart of our work.

In this session we will look at how “play” is at the heart of all that we do, and why you should consider a playful approach for your own organization.


“OK Go Sandbox: Using the videos of OK Go to engage learners with art, music, and STEM.”

OK Go Sandbox is a new website for educators which has content related to OK Go’s music videos. New videos, educators’ guides, and hands-on activities allow learners to explore sound, sensors, art, math, and more.

During this session we’ll jump into the sandbox and try out some of the activities and discuss ways that they can be used in libraries.


“Harvard’s MetaLAB – Library Kitchen”

Wifi-proof booths; study carrels for napping; digital campfires for charging devices convivially—in the “Library Test Kitchen” seminar at the Graduate School of Design, metaLAB (at) Harvard has been exploring participatory innovation for libraries through fun, creative, improvisatory projects. And what’s a test kitchen without recipes?

In this session, members of metaLAB will be on hand to demo their new platform for sharing such “recipes” for playful innovation in libraries—and to invite participants to contribute recipes of their own.