Communications and Marketing Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The LITA Communications & Marketing Committee migrated our documentation and training materials to the new ALA Connect site to centralize the committee's documentation and to give members a one-stop resource for everything CAM related.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
The Communications & Marketing committee worked closely with Jenny Levine, LITA Executive Director, to migrate the committee's promotion request form from Jotform.com to Lita.org, giving the form more legitimacy and better branding it as an organizational tool. The form was then shared with LITA's leadership via an ALA Connect post.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
The Communications & Marketing Committee collaborated with the Membership Development Committee to plan a #LITAchat in October to promote the upcoming LITA Forum on Twitter. The live chat will give LITA members an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the 2019 LITA Forum.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
The Communications & Marketing Committee will continue to post to LITA's social media channels to promote events, workshops, courses, and other news of interest to LITA members. The committee is also beginning to analyze social media analytics for LITA's Twitter and Facebook accounts to better understand how members engage with LITA's social media presence.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
In hindsight, the Communications & Marketing Committee would benefit from having read-only access to LITA's Google Analytics data for lita.org and the blog. This would let us track how LITA's social media accounts drive traffic to LITA's main web presences.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Social media posting best practices and social media analytics courses and publications might be of interest to LITA members.

Submitted by Joel Tonyan on 10/09/2018

Frederick G. Kilgour Award Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Sent greeting message to Committee members
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Second Activity
Posted award announcement to LITA-L
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Third Activity
Submitted a CAM promotion request
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Publicizing the award and drumming up nominations

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
You got us everything we needed – you are awesome!

Submitted by Aimee Fifarek on 10/08/2018

LITA / Ex Libris Student Writing Award Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Chair has received necessary documents and timeline from LITA Executive Director. Work will commence in coming months per the timeline.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Beginning the award cycle process.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Nothing.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
N/A

Additional comments or concerns:
I do not believe I have received a document that says "here is what you will need to plan to do as a chair" – not specific to my committee but related to things like these quarterly reports (which I am happy to do but the need to do them was something I learned when I was asked for this first one). I will admit I may have missed something that was sent to me. If so, my apologies. But, also, send it again? 🙂

Submitted by Lisa Hinchliffe on 10/07/2018

Appointments Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
After I recruited some additional members for our own committee, we've divvied up the committees among ourselves, figured out how many members are required for this year and the next term, and are about to start going through the volunteer lists.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Initially filling any current gaps in committees.

Submitted by Emily Morton-Owens on 10/05/2018

ITAL Editorial Board – September 2018 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Published the September issue of ITAL: https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/issue/view/1002
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
Finalized job description for editorial board members (posted in ALA Connect: https://connect.ala.org/lita/viewdocument/job-description-for-ital-editorial)
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Ongoing work — reviewing articles and preparing issues of the journal

Submitted by Ken Varnum on 10/05/2018

Web Coordinating Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
During the period of June through September 2018, the WCC advanced work on the new LITA Jobs website. We ironed out lingering technical issues and further refined the site. We feel the site is nearing completion. While we still need to do more user testing, and are also waiting on a PayPal account to be set up, the basic functionality is in place.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Second Activity
In late August 2018, we received word that ALA was transitioning to using Zoom and moving away from Adobe Connect. The WCC was instrumental in helping to capture stored LITA webinar and meeting recordings. Within a day of the call for volunteers going out, WCC members sprang into action. Nearly everyone downloaded at least one video.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability


Third Activity
The WCC continued to maintain our WordPress installations. We regularly update the themes and plugins of each install in order to keep our sites secure.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability


Fourth Activity
The WCC migrated to a new WordPress forms plugin, Gravity forms. This work was accomplished during the period of June through September. We are currently ready to make about half the forms live, although there are some lingering technical questions to address.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
There are a few things we plan to work on in the next three months. First, we will perform some user testing of the new Jobs site. This will involve creating user profiles and posting job ads in order to ensure all functionality works and there are no technical glitches. Second, we will be working to normalize branding on all LITA WordPress sites. This includes ensuring all such sites have the LITA logo, proper ALA branding, and link back to the main LITA website. In the process we will also address GDPR compliance by ensuring there are links to ALA’s Privacy policy on all LITA WordPress websites.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
We feel we had adequate resources with which to work.

Submitted by Michael Paulmeno on 10/01/2018