Communications and Marketing Committee – December 2018 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
CAM continued to post to LITA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, responding to submissions to the Publicity Request Form and scheduling social media posts two to three times for each submission.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
CAM also changed our methodology for assigning social media duties to committee members. Previously, members opted in for posting on certain weeks via a shared Google Calendar. Now, the committee chair assigns committee members weeks of posting responsibility, with members being assigned an average of one week every two months. This ensures greater participation and simplifies the scheduling process.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
CAM continued collecting social media analytics for LITA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The committee chair partnered with Jenny Levine, LITA Executive Director, to generate a Google Analytics report that shows the number of referrals each month from LITA’s social media accounts to LITA’s websites. This information shows how LITA’s social media presence drives traffic to other LITA web presences. These statistics are now being tabulated and reported in monthly meeting minutes and the LITA CAM Google Drive account.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Fourth Activity
CAM continues to partner with the Membership Development Committee on monthly #LITAchats on Twitter, with the most recent chat occurring on the final Friday of November.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
CAM will continue posting to LITA’s social media channels, collecting analytics, and partnering with Membership Development on upcoming #LITAchats.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
We could use a few more members, but recruitment is already underway (thank you!)

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 analytics would be an interesting topic for webinars, publications, etc.

Submitted by Joel Tonyan on 01/11/2019

Diversity and Inclusion Committee – December 2018 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Planned panel structure for 2019 ALA Annual. This included drafting an ALA Annual submission proposal, and once accepted, drafting a call for panelists to participate in our “Equity, Diversity, and Justice” panel, devising communication strategy for circulating CFP, reviewing over thirty proposals after submission close date, and choosing/contacting finalists.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
Ran Conference Buddy Program for second year, specifically for attendees at Midwinter.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
-Working with panelists chosen for our 2019 ALA Annual “Diversity, Equity, and Justice” talks.
-Strategizing on potential pre-conference workshop ideas for 2019 LITA Forum.
-Exploring ways to connect with ALA’s ODLOS office around programs, workshop, and membership engagement.

Submitted by Jennifer Brown on 01/09/2019

Program Planning Committee – December 2018 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
PPC worked with Mark and Jenny to arrange pre-conferences for ALA Annual. Two were selected.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Once the official program schedule is available, PPC will work to assign shepherds to all programs at ALA Annual.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Assistance securing additional volunteers to help with shepherding would be appreciated. Perhaps a call could go out during MW meetings asking for volunteers.

Submitted by Natalie DeJonghe on 01/08/2019

Education Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The committee met and approved several new webinars for our Spring lineup and we are working with Mark to get these going:

1. Techniques in managing library services platform implementation
2. Guiding digital natives through digital citizenship
3. Universal parity to resources
4. In-house digitization vs outsourced digitization
5. Diversity in libraries: creating an interdisciplinary space
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
The committee is also looking at documentation, guidelines for presenters, and assessment of webinars as part of our work for the Spring semester.

Submitted by Cinthya Ippoliti on 01/07/2019

ITAL Editorial Board – December 2018 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Published December issue of ITAL, ongoing review and editorial work for future issues.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Second Activity
Investigated, approved, and launched a call for submissions for a new quarterly column, Public Libraries Leading the Way, focused on information technology and public libraries. Announced in the December issue, this column proposal form (https://goo.gl/forms/mCZ2KdLtiwYpsnQ43) will be publicized on the LITA Blog. The Editorial Board is excited to launch this new column as part of our desire to expand regular ITAL readership beyond our home division.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Third Activity
Rounded out our 50th anniversary observation — it’s been a busy year.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Publicity for the new public library-focused column, Public Libraries Leading the Way, and regular oversight of the journal. I am also hoping to resume scanning and publishing issues of ITAL to round out the online backfile.

Submitted by Ken Varnum on 01/07/2019

LITA Blog Subcommittee – September 2018 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The blog group underwent a significant re-organization in terms of membership over the course of 2018. We onboarded several new writers, developed a posting schedule and provided training for the group.

We are now turning our attention towards developing an editorial calendar (following the LITA CAM committee calendar) and determining how we want to go about continuing to develop original content as well as ensuring that as new writers transition on and off the blog we maintain a high quality level of output.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Please see above.

Submitted by Cinthya Ippoliti on 11/09/2018

Assessment and Research Committee – September 2018 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Group has identified a first major project, a survey of LITA membership attitudes and expectations of the possible merger with LLAMA and ALCTS; the survey group, headed by Laura Costello, will begin work immediately. Laura will be working with Topher Lawton to identify expectations of the merger assessment
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
Group has decided on a second project, a dashboard for exploring trends in data from the LITA Jobs website; the jobs dashboard group, led by Kyle Denlinger, will work with Mark Beatty to get current and historical job site data and begin building dashboard.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Survey of LITA membership re: merger attitudes and expectations; dynamic dashboard of LITA jobs site data

Submitted by Kyle Denlinger on 10/23/2018

Instructional Technologies Interest Group – September 2018 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
I gathered signatures for the LITAITIG 3 year renewal form from those reaching out with interest in LITAITIG, and attendees at the LITA All-Committees meeting. I emailed the form.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
Since the May report two sessions were planned and presented for Annual. For promotion, I posted info for both on the listserv, ALA connect and twitter. The first was a a business meeting/discussion. Chair (Lilly Ramin) created an agenda/ Minutes were taken and posted by Greg Hardin (Secretary)

Business meeting minutes: Minutes from June meeting were posted to ALA Connect LITAITIG community
https://connect.ala.org/lita/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=1b472812-3dbf-46b1-bc91-e0bfe96c6bff
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Third Activity
Since the May report two sessions were planned and presented for Annual. The second was a presentation. LITAITIG Partnered with LITA Publication Committee Richard Guajardo, to introduce the LITA Guide Breanne Kirsch who highlighted 3 tools from her publication based on a format prepared by LITAITIG Chair (Lilly Ramin). Discussion and introduction to tools and LITA Instructional Technologies was lead by Chair, Lilly Ramin. The presentation was well attended — especially for a Monday slot! (pics here: https://bit.ly/2ysM8qf)
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Fourth Activity
I submitted a program for Instructional Technologies tool share, and LITA privacy guide discussion. Notifications will be sent November 1st.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
If the proposal l gets accepted, I will notify the speakers and we will take it from there!

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
While we surpassed the minimum requirement for renewals this year, they can be tricky since ALA members may not be LITA members at time of IG renewal. Perhaps IGs (and committees if they wish) can be listed on the ALA membership renewal form as options– even if free. Some divisions do this. Just a suggestion : )

Promotion of our LITA event on social media and blog would have been awesome.

Additional comments or concerns:
HUGE thanks to Mark Beatty for his guidance during this review period of activities! 🙂

Submitted by Lilly Ramin on 10/22/2018