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Meeting Request Choose your best date/time for ALA Midwinter 2015 Just Ask Discussion and Meeting

by Cathay Keough on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm
in Just Ask Team

Please indicate your availability for a lively meeting at ALA Midwinter (2015/Chicago).  Agenda is forthcoming.  You may select more than one option (up to all four).  Afternoon options are 90 minutes, not one hour.

Note that:

The morning options on Saturday 1/31 and Sunday 2/1 are 1 hour:  10:00 to 11:00am

The afternoon options on Saturday 1/31 and Sunday 2/1 are 1-1/2 hours:  1:00-2:30pm.

 

Thank you!

-Cathay Keough

Discussion thoughts on dues increase proposal messaging

by Andromeda Yelton on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 08:43 am
in LITA Board of Directors

Pursuant to the dues increase working documents:

If we are going to approve a dues increase, it's critically important that we communicate with the members in advance and demonstrate that they're getting increased value.  I went through all our programs a while ago and identified things we've started doing since our last dues increase.  I drafted it as a a blog post, but I never got around to posting it, and honestly it's the sort of content that should be coming from official LITA channels, not my blog.  Someone asked at Annual that I post it here, so here you go!

What do you all think about messaging?


[intro text that works only on my blog cut]

One of the first questions anyone asks with a dues increase proposal is, why should we pay more if we're not getting more? So I decided to interrogate that question. What is LITA doing now that it hasn't since 2004? I was pretty sure I'd find some things; I found more than I expected. Since 2004, new things LITA has done include:

In chatting with some prior LITA presidents at Midwinter, I also heard about how LITA has been a leader in pushing ideas that other divisions or ALA as a whole later adopt (like interest groups, which we've had since the mid-1980s!). The examples which stick out in my head, and which I believe postdate 2004, are a streamlined program planning timeline (you used to have to get conference programs approved a year and a half in advance, which means no timely topics for you; LITA sped up its process starting 4 years ago, and ALA has since followed suit) and the expectation of wifi throughout the convention center (we crazy tech people kept insisting on having it for our sessions until it became the default). And, of course, we're actually paying less; $60 in 2004 dollars is $74 in 2013 dollars (Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), but we're still paying $60. And we don't have more staff.

and what haven't you?

I expect there are things we were doing in 2004 that we're not doing now; I haven't researched this as thoroughly. I know we haven't offered regional institutes in several years; that we experimented briefly with LITACamp but are no longer doing it; and that some IGs are no longer active (getting an exact count would be quite time-consuming; on the other hand, since IGs are driven by member interest, I'm not concerned when they go extinct - it lets us refocus energies on places where people are more motivated).

tl;dr

I'm still thinking about this, and I want to hear your thoughts. The Financial Strategies Task Force report is quite clear that a dues increase is not a panacea, and the Board should not do only a dues increase and not push for other strategies as well. I am absolutely persuaded by this recommendation; a dues increase by itself would be at best a bandaid that presented the Board with the same problems a few years later. LITA needs to do some things genuinely differently to be financially viable. And I mean that without hyperbole. I am from the startup world, where we care deeply about runway and burn rate; in the discussions I've had with other board members we disagree on exactly how long we think that runway is, but a decade is not an unreasonable estimate. If you're not from the startup world, what I mean by runway is the length of time we have before we must be aloft or we will crash and burn. As LITA is presently constituted, its revenue typically exceeds its expenses. And we are in a challenging environment - like many nonprofits, including big ALA, our membership is declining, and the macroeconomic slowdown has done us no favors. External factors won't help us here; we need to help ourselves. So I want to hear your thoughts about that too. The task force recommended investigating entrepreneurial possibilities -- what would that look like to you? What would a soaring, aloft LITA look like to you?

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Discussion "10 Things You Should Know about Scholarly Communication"

by Jeffrey Beall on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 10:12 am
in Scholarly Communications Interest Group (ALCTS - Association For Library Collections & Technical Services)

I have created a derivative work of the handout called "10 Things You Should Know about Scholarly Communication" that I believe better addresses the most crucial issues facing researchers seeking to communicate their findings with other researchers.  I attach the file here. The gold open-access model has many perils for researchers, and I believe that librarians ought to help guide them away from these pitfalls. This handout provides some helpful tips and information for researchers.

Thanks, 

Jeffrey Beall

Poll Which Emerging Leaders Project idea should we submit? See full ideas at: http://connect.ala.org/node/228607

by Cindi Trainor Blyberg on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 08:02 am
in LITA Board of Directors
"Students at Conferences" Program
0% (0 votes)
Forum Planning accessibility and inclusivity guidelines
25% (1 vote)
"Virtual LITA" - how to make LITA about more than f2f
75% (3 votes)
Other - please see my awesome idea in the comments below!
0% (0 votes)
I have another idea, but I'll email the Board list by 10/2 4:00 PM EDT
0% (0 votes)
None. Sorry.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 4

Event Scholarly Communication Discussion Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm
in Scholarly Communication Discussion Group (ACRL - Association of College & Research Libraries)

The Scholarly Communications Discussion Group is an informal and in-depth
discussion of one or more hot topics that impact Open Access initiatives and the
many related opportunities which aim to advance the dissemination of scholarship
without economical, legislative or technical barriers.

More information about this conference session

Discussion Emerging Leaders: LITA Projects for 2015

by Cindi Trainor Blyberg on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 08:48 am
in LITA Board of Directors

Hi, everyone!

Hi, everyone!

It's that time of year again!  We need to brainstorm, choose, write up, and submit one or more projects for the Emerging Leaders class of 2015 to choose from.  Any LITA project that we submit that is taken up by a team of ELs will require someone from the Board to act as sponsor.  I'm happy to do this until Annual 2015 (unless someone else is a better choice given our diverse expertise), but I will require one of you to volunteer to continue to shepherd the project through the rest of 2015, after the team presents findings and any recommendations to the Board.  Just stating up front that we want to set them up to succeed. ;)

Past projects have included:

  • evaluating online communications around conferences
  • re-branding for LITA
  • researching and writing a handbook for LITA leaders
  • investigating e-learning platforms
  • investigating experts database platforms

Here's where you come in:

  1. If you have ideas now, please share.
  2. Inquire with the committee with which you liaise--they may have ideas
  3. Ask around!

I look forward to reading your ideas!  

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Event ACRL/RBMS - SAA Joint Task Force on Standardized Public Services Measure - Conference Call

by Christian Dupont on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 09:25 am
in ACRL RBMS - SAA Task Force on the Development of Standardized Statistical Measures for the Public Services of Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries

JTF-PS Conference Call Friday, October 3, at 1:00pm EDT / 12:00pm CDT / 10:00am PDT

Agenda

I. Our Public Services Counts

II. Impact Stories

III. Next Steps

     A. Exploring Domains

     B. Survey

     C. Next Meeting - Weeks of 11/11 or 11/18?

Call-in information for the task force:

Participant Dial: 866-244-8528

Participant passcode: 423683

 

Event Bridget Farrell

by Sarah Hammill on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 05:02 pm
in IAmRUSA

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of September 29th is

Bridget Farrell

Ask her a question!

Discussion Questions of a New Librarian

by Allison Moote on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 06:42 pm
in AASL (The American Association of School Librarians)

I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day.

I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day. I am trying to think outside of the box and think of what kind of daily class I can turn library into. I have 45 minutes with classes ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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