Software LITA Uses

Cadmium = the software ALA Conference Services uses for Midwinter and Annual program proposals, program review by division juries, placing sessions in rooms, and generating the scheduler; used by the LITA Program Planning Committee to review LITA programs for Annual.

Drupal = runs the ALA website and microsites and the forthcoming ALA eLearning and ALA Store sites; our Web Coordinating Committee (WCC) helps maintain our web pages.

Google Docs = LITA has a master Google Drive account where we’ve set up a Drive folder for every committee and interest group. If your group is going to work in Google Docs, please get in touch with Mark Beatty so that he can give you access to the folder. Using the LITA folder will ensure that your work is available to future group members and that staff have permanent access to it.

Higher Logic = the platform for the new ALA Connect; every committee has a working space there, and interest groups are welcome to migrate from using a Sympa mailing list to a Connect community for communicating and sharing files.

iMIS = the Association Management Software (AMS) that stores all of ALA’s information about members, committees, registrations, donations, and other billing activities; pronounced eye-miss; only staff have access.

Informz

  • Email marketing platform ALA uses for eblasts because it’s connected to iMIS so it respects member communication preferences
  • Handles our daily join, renew, reinstate, and drop emails
  • Generates statistical reports for each mailing showing opens and clicks
  • Only staff have access to Informz, but we can send out marketing or survey emails on behalf of a LITA group

LibGuides = LITA has an account that member groups can use to host resources that are more difficult to build in Drupal or WordPress.

Moodle = open source course management system hosted by ALA; runs our web courses.

Prophix = the software all of ALA uses for budgeting; when you read LITA financial reports, they’re generated from Prophix; only staff has access.

Sympa = open source software ALA uses for its mailing lists; all LITA committees and interest groups get a Sympa list they can use for communication.

WordPress = runs LITA Blog, the Forum website,  our documentation site, and we’re moving all of our forms from Drupal into a WP site; contact the chair of the Web Coordinating Committee if your group wants to discuss using WordPress for a project or service.

Zoom

  • Used for LITA meetings and webinars
  • All LITA committees and interest groups can use this software (contact Mark to schedule meetings)
  • We pay an annual fee to use this software.

In addition to these resources, the Virtual Engagement Toolkit provides advice and recommendations for processes and engagement techniques.