Instructional Technologies Interest Group – September 2020 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
Mainly monitoring CORE website changes, ALA Connect posts and the head's up email.

We usually have a business meeting or pitch a program at ALA Annual which was not an option. I tweeted and posted to ALA Connect the official news about CORE so people who followed based on sessions or using connect would be aware. No replies to CORE announcement.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
I reviewed the listserv for engagement in the last year – mostly just calls for participation in conference or ad for vendor products. While the over 400 members is one thing, there has not been any "discussion" here this year. (Activity is filling out this report with detail : )
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
My Chair position expired in July but i can assist in August with feedback or transition. I will post again to LITA Connect this month based on CORE's decision on this, other interest groups. There have not been any inquiries or requests on ALA Connect LITAITIG site, or the LITA ITIG listserv.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Not really – every one is adjusting and doing what they can under difficult circumstances. If I had been contacted before the Aug 4th date I might have been able to provide more targeted feedback based on where CORE might be leaning with IGS as the current chair, and encouraged members. However, that may not be decided yes due to more pressing matters (Like the need to stay safe!) so I provided extra feedback on in the comments section.

Additional comments or concerns:
I have not been contacted about this IG specifically, but unless you find more board members it's time to sunset, or merge some of these themes to a committee (Or IGs if those continue in CORE). This could be groups using technology for educational purposes (very broad) or topics of privacy — which was the theme of last year's program. The emphasis tends to be on committee work, as it may be so perhaps that would be a better option than the IG if they want to do programming. The programs were a was a lot of work, but I'm happy with the outcome of two well attended sessions with this IG.

In terms of membership and roles – sunseting or merging topics with another group will not affect anyone else. This is so importatnt terms of conference funding or committee commitments (sometimes needed for travel justifications in academic at least). It's just been me for this IG officially (although Bree Kirsch helped last two years as a speaker!) No one is listed on the 2020 site for . Here is the 2019 site:

Communtity – ALA Connect:

Now you have 3 divisions of CORE, and expert in marketing, it's a great time to see what works best for the CORE membership, not only attend but serve in roles. Special thanks to Jenny for all her support from day 1! Hope you are doing well. Thanks.

Submitted by Lilly Ramin on 08/03/2020