LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction – December 2020 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Final list selections completed for the three Notables Lists
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
Annotations written for the lists
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Third Activity
So much reading!
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Reaching out to publishers to make sure contact are still correct, orienting new committee members, beginning 2020 pub year reading and evaluation, update website with 2020 lists and place them in Cognotes during Midwinter.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
It would be great if we had a replacement for Mark Beatty so we had someone to bounce ideas and questions off of without having to bother Jenny all the time.

Additional comments or concerns:
Because we are on a different timeline than the rest of LITA committees (Feb – Jan), often our processes fall through the cracks (committee appointments process especially)

Submitted by Dena Heilik on 01/09/2020

Assessment and Research Committee – December 2020 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Continuing work on our presentation for Midwinter focusing on the 2015-2019 LITA job board postings. Emailed with Diversity & Inclusion Committee chair regarding same.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Finishing up job postings and developing new projects.

Submitted by Laura Costello on 01/09/2020

Membership Development Committee – December 2020 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
During this period how MDC and CAM will cooperate on future LITAchat events was clarified, whether the committee should target information regarding the proposed CORE division was discussed, and the task of relaunching this initiative within the committee was taken by the Vice Chair.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Second Activity
Planning for a shared networking opportunity at Midwinter, the "happy hour," between LITA, ACRL and LLAMA is almost concluded. This has been led by the chair with significant aid by our newest member, Pauline Stacchini.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Third Activity
The chair and vice chair attended a joint committee meeting led by Chrishelle Thomas focused on two initiatives, a marketing campaign focused on members' "LITA Journey" and efforts to boost LITA's "content pipeline."
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Our minimal goals are: 1) finalize contract with site for Midwinter happy hour, 2) begin scouting sites for Annual's happy hour, 3) relaunch LITAchat; and 4) begin internal discussions regarding the next leadership transition and identifying a potential next vice chair.

Submitted by Leland Deeds on 01/07/2020

Communications and Marketing Committee – December 2020 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Working with Chrishelle to update and improve our Twitter engagement.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Second Activity
Working with Chrishelle on some member engagement projects for Spring 2020 – such as helping supply questions and responses for new member discussions.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Third Activity
Revise and update CAM documentation.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We will be working with Chrishelle on identified projects to improve member engagement as well as focusing on improving our social media engagement.

Submitted by Cameron Cook on 01/03/2020

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee – December 2020 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The committee put out the call for nominations for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award in October, with reminder emails in November and December. The committee consists of representatives from LITA (myself; I am also chair this year), ALCTS, LLAMA, and ACRL.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Second Activity
Following the nominations deadline of December 6, 2019, our ALA liaison recommended that we extend the deadline to January 9, 2020. The committee agreed to extend the deadline and re-posted the call for nominations with the new deadline.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We will send a final call for nominations the first week of January. The committee will convene virtually in January to make a decision about the selection of the award winner, no later than ALA Midwinter. If a winner is selected, the committee will craft an announcement. The award will be presented at the LITA awards ceremony at ALA Annual.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Additional word-of-mouth regarding the call for nominations, as well as any submission of nominations themselves.

Please describe anything you need to bring to the LITA Board for discussion or action at their next meeting:

Submitted by Holly Tomren on 01/03/2020

Instructional Technologies Interest Group – December 2020 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
Brainstorming other ways to be involved and collaborate with groups for IGs who do not have an ALA program at Annual. then contacted IG rep for some clarification on best ways to do this within the new structure of LITA (or across divisions if applicable).
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Reviewing any suggestions for applicable to IGs (non-committees/sponsored programs).

Submitted by Lilly Ramin on 01/01/2020

Joint Working Group on eBooks and Digital Content in Libraries – December 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
We held a virtual meeting (the group's initial meeting) in November so that we could introduce ourselves, meet the group's chairs, and discuss what the focus of the working group would be. The group decided our focus would be to address Macmillian's decision to restrict new ebook sales to libraries.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Information Policy

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
The group will meet in person at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia this January. At that time, specific duties will be given to group members in preparation for our next meeting.

Submitted by John Klima on 12/31/2019

Financial Advisory Committee – December 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The Financial Advisory Committee met online as a group on October 23. The committee reviewed the LITA budget information from the previous and current fiscal years, discussed budget shortfalls and projections and developed a general assessment of the association's fiscal health, which chairperson Michael Rodriguez delivered as an oral report to the Board of Directors on October 24. We agreed to meet next in January 2020, or whenever the preliminary FY21 LITA budget is distributed to the FAC.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
The Financial Advisory Committee will hold its second meeting in winter 2020 to review the current year's LITA budget and discuss the next fiscal year's budget, once information is distributed to us.

Submitted by Michael Rodriguez on 12/29/2019

Electronic Resources Management Interest Group (LITA / ALCTS) – December 2019 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
We did not hold programs or other activities in fall 2019. We are not participating in ALA Midwinter 2020. We anticipate holding a panel session as usual at ALA Annual 2020.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We will be thinking about potential topics and speakers for a panel session at ALA Annual 2020.

Submitted by Michael Rodriguez on 12/29/2019

LITA / Library Hi Tech Award Committee – December 2019 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Sent call for nominations to lita-l and other email lists.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Second Activity
Chair contacted committee members to provide timeline and solicit input into process
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We will review nominations after the revised deadline of 1/17 and forward our recommended candidate to our board representative by March 1.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Yes. I received no communication after agreeing to chair the group until late October and no guidance on how to proceed until I asked. It would be helpful for new chairs who are also new to a particular committee to receive an orientation early on.

Submitted by Janet Crum on 12/23/2019