Forum Planning Committee – February 2019 Report

The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Committee met on 03/15/19 with past/current/future LITA president and co-chairs to discuss the next Forum (Fall 2020) and to ask 2019 members to consider being a part of the 2020 committee. So, far most of the committee wants to be part of the 2020 planning committee. Committee members are excited and positive about planning the next Forum!
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We will need to make a decision in our next April meeting on the following for the Fall 2020 Forum:
* Number of days
* Number of concurrent tracks
* Number of sessions
* Timing of Sessions (Beginning/End Time each day)

We will also set charges for sub-committee breakouts:
* Programming:
* Accessibility & Recording/Steaming:
* Sponsorship:
* Web & PR:
* User Experience/Sustainability:

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Co-chairs will forward a list of 2019 committee members who are willing to be on 2020 committee to Appointments committee and recommend additional members to fill gaps in membership first week of April. We will need an ALCTS and LLAMA member (or need to consult with a rep from each) for the programming subcommittee but waiting on more details/advisement based on the latest 3-Division Steering committee update.

We will need help with getting a 2020 Forum website domain up for committee members to create a splash page so that we can announce to membership that the next Forum will be Fall 2020 and get them excited/curious about the details to come. Ideally, we would like this to happen now (before Annual) to promote branding and communicate buzz. It's important that LITA membership knows what is going on. So, the Communications and Marketing Committee will eventually need to be looped in once the Splash page is created.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
We will definitely create documentation/ checklist for Forum and a timeline on the LITA Forms site. Also, it is my hope to initiate mentoring of Forum presenters to support them with tools to present hands-on sessions more effectively based on feedback received from 2018 Forum Wrap-up meeting.

Submitted by Berika Williams on 03/30/2019