Instructional Technologies Interest Group – September 2019 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
Coordinated speaker content, included LITA info shared by rep, marketed session on social media, and facilitated a a session at ALA Annual https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=496275
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
Reviewed feedback from LITA and provided comments. Posted pictures and thread of tweet with people who used comment or hashtag for program in ALA Connect Community site for Instructional Technologies IG :
https://connect.ala.org/lita/communities/community-home?communitykey=1b472812-3dbf-46b1-bc91-e0bfe96c6bff&tab=groupdetails
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Third Activity
posted welcome message to Chrishelle Thomas (LITA's new Membership and Marketing Manager). Excited to have an opportunity to seek marketing help with fellow IGs.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Last two years I did a program with this interest group instead of a business meeting. I decided not submit a program this year. Started discussions with frequent collaborator on other ideas (meetups, meetings, etc)

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Thank you for asking. I did have some feedback relating to the program session.

Marketing on social media and web pages ? At least retweets from speakers who are promoting their LITA sessions on their own? (Example: Bree, Bobbi and I did this for our session)

Although our session was LITA sponsored we were not included in either the Interest Group Discussion Sessions for ALA Annual 2019 http://www.ala.org/lita/conferences/annual/2019/igsessions

or General ALA LITA highlights pages:
http://www.ala.org/lita/lita-highlights-2019-ala-annual-conference

The session was on a Monday at the same time as George Takai but we still had a pretty great turn out.

Maybe some extra pre conference tips for IGs/presenters (like what technology you have to bring for session/who to contact for technology issues/role of LITA IG person at session) and people working with IGs/presenters (sending communication early enough for presentation edits) might be helpful.

All that said, I am grateful we had this opportunity and session accepted by ALA and LITA.

Additional comments or concerns:
Thank you, especially Jenny Levine, for support.

Submitted by Lilly Ramin on 10/01/2019

Program Planning Committee – September 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The working list of email distribution and discussion lists was updated and revised to facilitate posting of the LITA Call for Program Proposals for Annual 2020. Members of the committee posted the call to many of the email and discussion lists to help spread the word during the month of August.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
Committee meeting was held online August 26 via Zoom. Mark Beatty informed the committee of his impending retirement and briefed us on the process for reviewing program and pre-conference proposals. Next steps were discussed and John Hernandez asked members to continue to post the call for proposals. See minutes at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U0T4SN0dweNQA0S4ZCtWze-CyaQeRFlt1XllqJ2eUUY/edit?usp=sharing
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Review of program proposals received.
Updating documentation for future committee work.

Submitted by John Hernandez on 10/01/2019

Diversity and Inclusion Committee – September 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Submit a proposal for ALA Annual 2020.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Information Policy

Second Activity
Assign new facilitator for the LITA Conference Buddy Program.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
Introduce new members and share 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 on the joint proposal with the Assessment and Research Committee regarding LITA job descriptions. Also, if our ALA Annual proposal is accepted, we will send out the call for presentations.

Submitted by Jharina Pascual on 10/01/2019

Forum Planning Committee – September 2019 Report


The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Sponsorship Subcommittee and past chair of Forum Committee met with current chair on June 7, 2019 to discuss:
* What to expect in terns of a timeline
* Sponsorship process and opportunities to get more sponsors with a joint forum
* Leads for Sponsors and the entire committee is encouraged to participate by sharing personal contacts of potential sponsors/leads
* Action items for a prospectus and sponsorship tacking spreadsheet
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
Small portion of the Forum Planning Committee met during ALA Annual on June 22, 2019 to discuss high-level ideas about themes and keynote speakers, in addition to growing the committee to fill gaps in subcommittees.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Third Activity
Forum Committee met on July 30, 2019 to discuss:
* Updates to the RFP
* Forum Site Splash Page
* SubCommittee Charges
* Using the Slack Channel for brainstorming of ideas
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Fourth Activity
UX/Sustainability subcommittee met with Chair to discuss charge on September 12th.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

Fifth Activity
Forum Committee met on September 19, 2019 to discuss:
* Updates to 2020 Forum Location and Dates (in contract negotiations)
* LITA Forum Slash page
* New Members added to the Committee
* Brainstorm as a committee on Purpose/Theme of Joint Forum (in selection process currently)
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Main focus will be on:
* LITA Forum website – adjusted the language to reflect a joint forum, adding dates and location (once contract is set)
* Call for Proposals with selecting them
* Sponsorships
* Communication Plan – Fill out a CAM request form so that the word/buzz for Forum is spread about happening in November 2020, so that people have ample time to ask for budgeting to attend.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Before Mark left he mentioned that branding for LITA Forum was happening with an ALA graphic designer for the website (SEE minutes from July meeting). What became of that? The splash page that was started by the WCC still has LITA branding and doesn’t take in account a joint Forum. The Web/PR subgroup of Forum Committee will need to adjust the LITA Forum splash page to reflect that but need permissions to the WP site for those committee members, as well as the chair.

As chair, I would like to have a one-on-one meeting with LITA office (copying Emily) on some internal deadlines to suggest to ensure the committee is meeting its planning milestones and in a timely manner.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Last year’s Forum wrap-up discussed mentoring speakers in order for them to give better session talks that are interactive/hands-on, and engaging, especially since most Forum speakers are new presenters. It would be great if the committee can partner with Dorthea Salo to lead an encore Forum-tailored speaker webinar (with the help from a sponsor) to bring it free to speakers whose talks/sessions are accepted. She currently has a Keynote talk in November that appears helpful (http://www.ala.org/lita/you-can-keynote). Also, Jill Binder recently gave a Drupal Diversity Speaker Webinar the last two weekends that have similar material that would be of interest: diversein.tech/drupal-sept2019 while the call for proposals for DrupalCon 2020 are still happening.

Additional comments or concerns:
Currently having a hard time reaching veteran members of the sponsorship subcommittee who are on the Forum Committee this year. Their leadership and ideas are needed to make sponsorship happen at a larger scale with ALCTS and LLAMA this year. They haven’t responded to any of my direct follow up emails in the past 2 months and as chair, I’m concerned.

Submitted by Berika Williams on 09/30/2019

Maker Technology Interest Group – February 2019 Report

Recent Activities

First Activity
Since our last report we have held our meeting at ALA's Annual Conference in Washington DC. There we talked about Makerspace technology that participants were interested in learning about, programs that have worked for us using these technologies.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
We held our elections for co-chair and secretary
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
Since then our small committee has talked about the idea of holding the meetings at Makerspaces and ways to address the website.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Fourth Activity
We added new people to the Maker Tech listserv.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Changes to the website and the possibility of holding our meeting in Philadelphia at a Makerspace.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Information on whether or not we are allowed to hold our meeting outside of a conference room.

Submitted by Erik Carlson on 09/28/2019

Web Coordinating Committee – September 2019 Report


The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Our main task over the summer was onboarding new members. The WCC received several new members in July and so I worked to make sure everyone had received the Drupal training and had access to everything they needed (for example, LITA's Google Drive).
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
We made some progress on the new LITA Jobs site. Once the decision was made to use a web form to collect payment information, the WCC made a number of adjustments to the site so users would know how to submit payment once the site goes live.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
The WCC continued to maintain LITA's WordPress sites and apply updates as needed.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
The WCC is going to continue work on the LITA Docs site. We are ultimately hoping to have the project completed some time in the Spring. For now, we have formed a new sub-committee to work on the project and will continue to build on the work we did earlier this year.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
For the most part, the Web Coordinating Committee had everything we needed.

Submitted by Michael Paulmeno on 09/27/2019

Communications and Marketing Committee – September 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Introduction to CAM processes for the many incoming members. Currently working through on-boarding processes (having new members review documentation/processes, completing shadow shifts, and feeling comfortable to start posting on our social media accounts).
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Second Activity
Began working on a social media platform evaluation of future potential platforms for LITA to utilize.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Finalizing the platform evaluation, creating recommendations. Finalizing on-boarding of the committee. Refreshing outdated documentation and suggested best practices that are used/necessary to the committee's work.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Given the time of transition for CAM, I don't think there is anything else we needed.

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

Submitted by Cameron Cook on 09/24/2019

ITAL Editorial Board – September 2019 Report


The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Reviewed, selected, and edited articles for the journal. Published the September issue of the journal — see https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/issue/view/1055 (a post for the LITA Blog has been submitted, but not yet published).
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement

Second Activity
Appointed new Editorial Board members, organized and conducted a new member orientation session that included how to use the journal's publishing platform, and trained new members on procedures.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Member Engagement, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Third Activity
The board reviewed and revised the Editor's job description, and submitted it (via Tabby Farney) to the LITA Board for approval.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Organizational Stability and Sustainability

Fourth Activity
Continued planning for making the JOLA/ITAL back-file (those issues that were published commercially but are not yet available through the ITAL web site) available.
Meets LITA’s strategic goals for Education and Professional Development, Organizational Stability and Sustainability

What will your group be working on for the next three months?
Continuing to work on making the JOLA/ITAL back-file available.

Submitted by Ken Varnum on 09/17/2019

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