Software LITA Uses

Adobe Connect

  • Web conferencing software ALA uses
  • Runs our webinars
  • All LITA committees and interest groups can use this software (contact Mark to schedule meetings)
  • We pay a biennial fee to use it, although some ALA units pay for their own access to GoToMeeting, WebEx, or Zoom.

Cadmium = the software ALA Conference Services uses for Midwinter and Annual program proposals, program review by division juries, placing sessions in rooms, and generating the scheduler; used by the LITA Program Planning Committee to review LITA programs for Annual

Drupal = runs the ALA website and microsites and the forthcoming ALA eLearning and ALA Store sites; our Web Coordinating Committee (WCC) helps maintain our web pages

Google Docs = LITA has a master Google Drive account where we’ve set up a Drive folder for every committee and interest group. If your group is going to work in Google Docs, please get in touch with Mark Beatty so that he can give you access to the folder. Using the LITA folder will ensure that your work is available to future group members and that staff have permanent access to it.

Higher Logic = will run the new version of ALA Connect and the appointments database; the new ALA Connect will go live on August 31

iMIS = the Association Management Software (AMS) that stores all of ALA’s information about members, committees, registrations, donations, and other billing activities; pronounced eye-miss; only staff have access

Informz

  • Email marketing platform ALA uses for eblasts because it’s connected to iMIS so it respects member communication preferences
  • Handles our daily join, renew, reinstate, and drop emails
  • Generates statistical reports for each mailing showing opens and clicks
  • Only staff have access to Informz, but we can send out marketing or survey emails on behalf of a LITA group

LibGuides = LITA has an account that member groups can use to host resources that are more difficult to build in Drupal or WordPress

Moodle = open source course management system hosted by ALA; runs our web courses

Prophix = the software all of ALA uses for budgeting; when you read LITA financial reports, they’re generated from Prophix; only staff has access

Sympa = open source software ALA uses for its mailing lists; all LITA committees and interest groups get a Sympa list they can use for communication

WordPress = runs LITA Blog, the Forum website,  our documentation site, and we’re moving all of our forms from Drupal into a WP site; contact the chair of the Web Coordinating Committee if your group wants to discuss using WordPress for a project or service

In addition to these resources, the Virtual Engagement Toolkit provides additional advice about resources and processes.