Appointments Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
We completed the appointments for 2019-2020 with the exception of two committees that require a large number of members, for which we still have some outstanding invitations.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Finishing the last couple of appointments, then handing over the reins to the next iteration of the committee. Further, after discussion with the incoming presidents of ALCTS and LLAMA about a joint presidential program, I will be looking for two people for a new assignment, participating in a committee for the program.

Submitted by Emily Morton-Owens on 06/18/2019

Open Source Systems Interest Group – May 2019 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
We will be hosting a panel at ALA Annual with a couple of speakers. In addition, we will be trying again to bring in a new chair and co-chair to the IG.
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?
Planning for ALA Midwinter, and finding people to lead the IG.


The incoming chair is Rob Nunez

Submitted by Rob Nunez and Jake Ineichen on 06/07/2019

Financial Advisory Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
FAC had an online discussion about Jenny's proposal to create a new member volunteer position. This eLearning Coordinator position "would handle all of the logistics from scheduling to synchronous support to handling evaluation surveys." This alternative to outsourcing the logistics for our webinars and courses could have a positive impact on the LITA budget. The FAC agreed that this was a good idea.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
As requested by the LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee, FAC had an online discussion regarding the current FAC bylaws and whether or not the FAC is still needed. Suggestions included making the chair a 2 or 3 year appointment (because of the learning curve) and becoming more proactive on financial issues.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We will continue to support the Board in any way that is requested. We may need to revisit the merger and the virtual forum at some point.

Submitted by Brian Rennick on 05/31/2019

Frederick G. Kilgour Award Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
April: By request of the Bylaws committee, reviewed our committee's charge and made a minor suggested change.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
March: posted announcement of this year's winner to lita-l and
April: composed wording for plaque with assistance from committee members
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Third Activity
April: updated Chair's timeline to reflect all committee work that was completed and organized files in preparation for the next Chair.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
nothing – our work here is done.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
no

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:
none

Submitted by Aimee Fifarek on 05/31/2019

Nominating Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The election was successfully run and we have new board members and a new VP!
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Clarifying with the Board whether an election will be held in 2020

Submitted by Abigail Goben on 05/30/2019

Membership Development Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
ALAAC19 Conference Kickoff – Recorded webinar featuring several folks organizing events at Annual this year.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
March 29 LITAchat – 2 featured LITA members and their projects complete with LITA Blog features thanks to CAM and CAM LITA blog folks.

Twitter stats from CAM on event: “Hey Robert, the analytics look pretty good from March’s LITAchat. We had 14,920 impressions that day, by far more than the rest of the month. Also, one of the tweet’s from the chat was the third most engaged with LITA tweet that month”
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
May 31 LITAchat – 2 featured LITA members and their projects complete with LITA Blog features thanks to CAM and CAM LITA blog folks.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Information Policy, Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Fourth Activity
ALAAC19 Happy Hour planning – Have contacted a dozen venues to date and pricing for space and minimum expenses/catering requirements are on average 5-10 times our event budget ($1,000 for year or $500 for AC and MW each). Recommend the Happy Hour budget be updated annually to reflect cities in which Annual and Midwinter take place. For example, New Orleans, Seattle, and Denver venues in general were much more accommodating to LITA's preferred Happy Hour format while Chicago, D.C., and to some extent Atlanta venues in our searches seemed to only accommodate more formal reservations for large groups with larger minimums or fees up front.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Fifth Activity
MDC Brainstorm document:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17UW6Ux34shDkfOL4SY4KpSkSD7CKnRmJou3YEWqr6d8/edit

Still a WIP, but there seems to be a lot of potential in virtual personalized engagement strategies for 1st year members and regional and student engagement activities.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Happy Hour for ALAAC over the next few weeks, and continue work on brainstorming document. I suspect this document will serve as a good introduction to the committee for new MDC members.

Additional comments or concerns:
It's been a good and busy 3 years on the committee for me, very different from what I expected, but I'm grateful for the opportunity and for what i've learned.

Submitted by Robert Wilson on 05/30/2019

Communications and Marketing Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
LITA CAM continues to handle social media promotion requests submitted to the committee. We schedule the majority of LITA's Facebook and Twitter posts based on these submissions, using a rotating calendar system to ensure committee members share the responsibility fairly.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
LITA CAM continues to collect monthly social media analytics for LITA's Facebook and Twitter accounts. These statistics are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hqQxbTAGe_sHub2Xixx_BR1RU9qemB_nlxMjg9TNGDw/edit#gid=1161505613 (Email Joel Tonyan at jtonyan@uccs.edu if you cannot view the spreadsheet)
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
LITA CAM continues to partner with the Membership Development Committee on monthly #LITAchat's on Twitter. Lately, these chats have focused on tech projects by LITA members. CAM's role is to run the live chat sessions using the official LITA Twitter handle.

For the first time ever, CAM, MDC, and the Blog committee all collaborated on the March LITAchat. MDC recruited the interviewees, the Blog Committee published profiles of the interviewees prior to the event, and CAM promoted the chat and ran the actual chat session.
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?
CAM will continue to manage LITA's social media presence, partner with MDC and the Blog on upcoming LITAchats over the new three months. The current chair will work closely with the incoming chair to ensure continuity in CAM's operations.

Submitted by Joel Tonyan on 05/29/2019

Bylaws and Organization Committee – May 2019 Report


The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
We brought the new Virtual Voting Guidelines document to the Board. The Board approved the guidelines at its April 2019 meeting.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
We began working on the Interest Group renewals and Committee reviews for 2019. Most of the committees have already responded; none of the Interest Groups have responded or submitted petitions.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
The chair worked with Jenny Levine and Dena Heilik to draft a change to the charge of the LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction. This charge change still needs Bylaws and
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
We continue working on the Interest Group renewals and Committee reviews for 2019. We also have a couple of committee charge change requests to discuss/approve.

Submitted by Jodie Gambill on 05/29/2019

LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction – May 2019 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Discussed bylaws and committee makeup
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
Discussed books read so far this year and reaching out to publishers for specific books
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Continue reading books that fit the criteria

Submitted by Dena Heilik on 05/29/2019

ITAL Editorial Board – May 2019 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Reviewed, selected, and edited articles for the journal.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development

Second Activity
Continued thinking about digitization of currently paper-only back issues of JOLA and ITAL; intend more active planning and work to begin over summer 2019.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
Issued a call for applications to the Editorial Board, to replace outgoing members and round out our peer review panel. Invitations to new members to be made in early June, for terms to begin on July 1.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
As noted above, planning for digitization of back issues (including call for volunteers to scan/OCR back issues, development of standards, and quality assurance). Routine work of the Editorial Board.

Submitted by Ken Varnum on 05/28/2019