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in ALA Website Advisory Committee
Thank you to everyone who responded and agreed to be a member of a subcommittee. Below are the rosters and charges. The ideal timeline for completion of these projects is Annual 2015. Please coordinate with your subcommittee members to develop a work plan. I am happy to answer questions or meet virtually for any of these subcommittees.
Given that some of us are traveling to MW, I don't expect we'll get started on these projects before our Feb. 9 virtual meeting, but please plan to give an informal progress report by our March 2 meeting (just a quick "here's what we're planning or have done so far").
1. Connect Welcome Page
Charge: To draft a welcome page (including message, helpful links, contact info) for first time logins to Connect of ALA members and first time logins to Connect of non-members. (Earlier work on this: http://connect.ala.org/node/178590)
2. ALA Style Guide
Charge: To review the ALA style guide (http://www.ala.org/support/style) and, if necessary, offer recommendations for improvement.
- Simon (tentative)
3. Value of WAC
Charge: To develop procedures and/or documents for WAC that will assist committee members in articulating the value of WAC to ALA units. This may include developing an email campaign, talking points, or identifying key stakeholders not represented on the committee.
- Erin R.
4. WAC Orientation
Charge: To develop orientation documents for new WAC members. This may include committee member expectations, ALA org charts, record of past work, useful links, contact info, etc.
- Erin B.
- David (not confirmed)
- Shannon (not confirmed)
in ALA Website Advisory Committee
Thank you to everyone who filled out the poll. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we will be able to make a quorum for Midwinter. Instead of a face-to-face, let's schedule a virtual meeting during our usual bi-monthly day/time in the week following Midwinter on Monday, February 9 at 11-12 PST. Those who are not able to make it, please let me know so we can touch base ahead of time to discuss updates from your area. I'll post the agenda in a separate post.
My apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I hope this solution will be a more efficient use of everyone's limited time. Safe travels to those of you who are able to attend Midwinter! =)
in ALA Website Advisory Committee
The Web Management Group (staff oversight group for website) is seeking your ideas for development projects for the ala.org Drupal 7 platform. What new or extended functionalities are you and your constituency groups interested in having? Note that a Responsive Theme Redesign is already in the budget for fiscal 2015. Some thoughts on the table:
- Budget for new module installation and testing, to add new functionalities as needed.
- Open Calais or some kind of semantic markup tool that would remove the burden of SEO generation from staff and members.
- Migrating existing blogs and wikis to the platform. (New blogs and wikis can already be created on the site.)
- Ability to adjust the number of news items that display in tabs.
- Desired by several groups we've heard from so far:
- CSS editing access to make header and styling changes.
- Development and installation of calendar views.
- A way to create searchable online databases for their special content.
- Way better styling on auto-respond emails from webforms.
Please post your new ideas and your reactions to the list above. This is the time of year when budget requests go in, so a prioritized list from WAC would be very helpful to have. Note that I have made this a public post with commenting open so that others from the ALA community can chime in.
in Heads of Library Technology Interest Group (LITA - Library & Information Technology Association)
ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
1:00 to 2:30 pm
McCormick Place West W176b
Introductions & Announcements (5 min)
Chair: Hong Ma
Vice-Chair: Robert Nunez
LITA & HoLT Business (10 min)
LITA HoLT IG program for ALA Annual in June, 2015
Title: Data-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms
Description: Libraries are seeking solutions to track how patrons interact with libraries web resources to build data-driven services. The hard part is trying to capture users’ interaction across platforms (library discovery interface, library catalogs, subject databases, and others like social media). The LITA HoLT interest group will assemble a panel to discuss technologies and best practices to capture user’s interaction with web platforms, visualize the data in various ways.
[We are looking for panelist to present. CFP will go out after ALA Midwinter]
Please also let us know if you are interested or you would like to nominate the person you know who’ve done good job on the topic.]
HoLT Presentations & Discussion
Digital Preservation: Institutional Limitations and Solutions (15 minutes)
Patrick Roth, Grand Valley State University
There can be many roadblocks to starting a digital preservation program. These can include money, infrastructure, and staffing. In GVSUs case it was lack of infrastructure and lack of staff time. These limitations limited the solutions that we would be able to implement. This presentation will give a quick overview of the situation GVSU found itself in when it was decided to start a digital preservation program, how we decided on a preservation system, where we are today, and future plans.
Implementing a library reading list tool in a Learning Management System (LMS) (15 minutes)
Eric Frierson, EBSCO Information Services
Digital textbooks, social media, video content. It seems as if instructors are moving everything into online and hybrid classrooms except for the resources of the library! How can librarians bring the world of quality databases, eBooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system easily and directly into the online learning environment?
This presentation will showcase how a discovery plug-in for learning management systems (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Sakai, Canvas) adds unprecedented functionality for online course instructors: the ability to create reading lists of library materials without ever having to leave the course site. The plug-in allows instructors to create library reading lists without grappling with permalinks, proxy prefixes, or PDFs, leveraging the value of the library discovery system in a frictionless environment.
Standardizing Web Analytics
Robert Nunez, Marquette University
Description: Using a combination of Google tools, the Marquette Libraries has been able to standardize their web analytics across multiple web platforms. Making it easier to interpret, analyze, and visualize the information provided within Google Universal Analytics. This presentation will take a quick look at Google Tag manager, how it can be used by non-developers, and how we have used the initial sets of data to make changes to the website.
in Criminal Justice/Criminology Discussion Group (ACRL ANSS - Anthropology and Sociology Section)
Something to Talk About
This will be an open discussion among the attendees. Please come prepared to discuss the following topics:
Thematic LibGuides - Have you published a thematic LibGuide recently that you would like to share with other librarians? Current published examples focus on themes like restorative justice, transitional justice, non-adversarial justice, environmental justice.
Crime Mapping Resources - How much demand for such resources have you encountered among your students and faculty? What resources have you found most useful to your users? Have you developed a related LibGuide, handout, or other resource?
Recent Publications, presentations, projects, other initiatives - Have you published, presented, or started or completed a project or new initiative related to your work as a criminal justice librarian recently?
Criminal Justice and Criminology Librarian Tool Kit - The Tool Kit, which was last modified in October 2013, is located at: http://connect.ala.org/node/209515. What’s missing?
Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, iPad, smartphone, or other web-enabled device to explore online resources during the meeting.
The event will be held at Sheraton Chicago in the Ohio room.
A. Welcome & Introductions: Rosalind Fielder, Co-Convener
B. Request for volunteer to take notes
C. Open participant discussion on:
a. Thematic LibGuides (e.g., restorative justice, transitional justice, non-adversarial justice, environmental justice, etc.)
b. Crime Mapping Resources
c. Recent publications or presentations or projects
D. Criminal Justice and Criminology Librarian Tool Kit Revisited
E. Topics for ALA Annual 2015, San Francisco
in RUSA Awards Coordinating Committee (Reference and User Services Association)
in GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)
Jim Jacobs and I recently wrote a letter to the editor to the GODORT journal Documents to the People (DttP) (published in the Winter 2014 issue) entitled “Digital preservation deserves better coverage.” We post it here to FGI in the hopes that it will “clarify some of the issues and provide a more accurate and more understandable context for action by the GODORT community.” It’s not yet online at the DttP site, but will eventually be posted there. We’ll post a link to the DttP site when it’s online. I’ll be at ALA Midwinter conference next week in Chicago, so please track me down if you’d like to discuss. That is all.