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Discussion Asking the "gender" question

by Linda Crook on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 05:53 pm

I co-chair the STS Continuing Education Group, and this year we will be conducting our biennial survey.  One of the demographic questions asked in the past regards Gender.  In 2007 it was included as a multiple choice question with only the options male and female.  Is there a best practice for how (or whether) to ask survey takers about gender? Ideas I've come up with are:

We could include other options: e.g. other, transgendered

We could make it an open answer question

I co-chair the STS Continuing Education Group, and this year we will be conducting our biennial survey.  One of the demographic questions asked in the past regards Gender.  In 2007 it was included as a multiple choice question with only the options male and female.  Is there a best practice for how (or whether) to ask survey takers about gender? Ideas I've come up with are:

We could include other options: e.g. other, transgendered

We could make it an open answer question

We could remove the question from the survey

We would be very grateful for your input! I really cringed at the phrasing of the question in 2007 and would love to have something more inclusive in the 2009 survey.

Previous surveys:

2007 Continuing Education Survey Results
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/sections/sts/committees/continuingedresults2007.pdf
 
2005 Continuing Education Survey Results
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/sections/sts/continuinged/continuingedsurvey2005/index.cfm
 
2004 Hot Topics Survey
http://www.lib.auburn.edu/scitech/resguide/forestry/STSCESurvey2004b.htm
 
2003 Continuing Education Survey Results
http://www.lib.auburn.edu/scitech/resguide/forestry/STSSurvey2003.htm
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Discussion GLBTRT Web Committee Report - Annual 2016

by Ruth Compton on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

ALA GLBTRT Web Committee Report (Annual Conference 2016)

Highlights

ALA GLBTRT Web Committee Report (Annual Conference 2016)

Highlights

          Highlights of the year include releasing the Open To All toolkit during Peter Coyle’s presentation at the PLA conference in Denver. As well as the Advocacy Committee’s additions of “Reading Guides” for the GLBT Book Month page.

Completed Activities

  • Anthony D. Wright worked tirelessly to keep the GLBTRT pages up-to-date and error free including:
  • Implementing content updates from the Resources Committee for the Professional Tools page,
  • Adding new resources from the Resources Committee,
  • Fixing dead or broken links with the help of Cat Walker for the Professional Tools page,
  • Updating the Stonewall Book Awards page,
  • Adding the “Reading Guides” to the GLBT Book Month page, and
  • Adding and releasing the new Open To All toolkit on the Professional Tools page.
  • John Amundsen (our ALA guru) created new slides for the Open To All toolkit and for the GLBT Book Month and added them to the slide menu on GLBTRT main page.
  • John Amundsen worked with Anthony D. Wright and Peter Coyle to ensure the press release and toolkit Open For All was released on time during the PLA Conference.
  • John Amundsen also implemented changes which required editing rights Web Committee members did not have.
  • Ruth Compton cleaned up all the references to the Rainbow Project Committee and it’s variations to reflect the name change of the committee to Rainbow Book List Committee.
  • Ruth Compton removed all the remaining links to the MySpace account which no longer exists.
  • Ruth Compton converted the Google Sheets “Reading Guides” created by the Advocacy Committee into a readable pdf file that Anthony D. Wright added to the June Book Month page.
  • Ruth Compton scanned the GLTF Newsletter Vol. 2, no.1 – no.2, Fall & Winter 1989 and added it to the News Back Issues Index.
  • Ruth Compton updated plugins, themes, and WordPress for the GLBTRT News, Reviews, Over The Rainbow, and Rainbow blogs.
  • Ruth Compton put together the Google Analytic reports for the GLBTRT main site, the News blog, the Over The Rainbow Book blog, the Rainbow Book blog, and the Reviews blog.
  • Ruth Compton updated the GLBTRT’s LibraryThing account with Stonewall Book Award winners, the Rainbow Book List, and Over the Rainbow Book List for 2016.

Upcoming Work

  • Create webpage for new standing Advocacy Committee - contact Tessa Goldwasser (the Chair).
  • Work with relevant committees to transition the final two RT blogs to responsive themes.
  • Review and update committee documentation. Post information in ALA Connect and possibly wind down Google Sites Procedure Manual.
  • Review the SEO settings for the RT webpages.
  • Investigate and resolve an encoding issue on the RT blogs (older posts are effected and may have to do with ALA’s upgrade from WordPress 3.x to 4.1).
  • Update webforms and blog accounts based on new committee rosters after the ALA Annual Conference.
  • Un-publish June-specific feature slides in July. Should there be access to the “Reading Guides” throughout the year and not just on the GLBT Book Month page?
  • Prepare Google Analytic Reports for the website and four blogs before the 2017 Midwinter Meeting.

Committee Staffing

  • Nathan Thomas will become committee chair after the ALA Annual Conference.

Committee Roster

  • Ruth Ann Compton (Chair, July 1, 2015, to July 31, 2016)
  • Ellen Armstrong (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
  • Anthony D. Wright De Hernandez (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
  • Paige Mano (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
  • Eddie Rubiez (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
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Discussion GoogleAnalytics 2015 Year-End Report

by Ruth Compton on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 07:10 pm

Google Analytics are available for all of the GLBTRT blog sites as well as our main site. Attached are five Google Analytics reports. The GLBTRT's main site, Over The Rainbow Book List, and the Rainbow Book List received spikes after the Stonewall Awards were announced and the release of the new book lists from Over The Rainbow Book List Committee and the Rainbow Book List Committee. In addition the main site received a huge spike on June 1st which coincided with the beginning of the GLBTRT's June Book Month.

Reports respectfully submitted,

Ruth Compton 6/22/2016

 

Discussion Membership Promotion Committee, Annual 2015 report

by Barbara Pickell on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 04:11 pm

by Barbara Pickell

Attached is the Membership Promotion Committee report. 

Discussion Buddy Program at Annual

by Barbara Pickell on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

We're getting close to ALA and we need a few mentors for the buddy program.  If you have been attending ALA programs and feel comfortable helping someone find their way through the maze that is sometimes ALA Annual, please sign up at the buddy program now.  If you would like a little help and a friend for your first trip, you are also welcome to sign up.  You can connect here. 

http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/involved/buddy

 

Discussion GLBTRT pavilion in the exhibit hall

by Barbara Pickell on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 08:43 am

San Francisco gives us an excellent opportunity to make people aware of the GLBTRT and how membership in the round table can support them in their library career.  We are looking for people who would be willing to give a half hour to manning the pavilion.  Share you enthusiasm, your knowledge and experience, and take the opportunity to sit for a half hour.  You may contact me through the group or directly at my email Barbara.pickell@myclearwater.com

San Francisco gives us an excellent opportunity to make people aware of the GLBTRT and how membership in the round table can support them in their library career.  We are looking for people who would be willing to give a half hour to manning the pavilion.  Share you enthusiasm, your knowledge and experience, and take the opportunity to sit for a half hour.  You may contact me through the group or directly at my email Barbara.pickell@myclearwater.com

Also, whether you are new or an experienced RT member, check out the Buddy Program at http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/involved/buddy 

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Discussion San Francisco Gay Pride parade

by Jack Albrecht on Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 04:30 pm

Hello, All:

I am poised to register for ALA annual in San Francisco.  During the registration process, I noticed that the Pride Parade has an international stop sign next to it.  Does that indicate that folks actually registered to participate in the parade and that it's now closed?  More to the point, is GLBTRT participating/marching in the parade? 

See you in San Francisco,

Jack Albrecht

Discussion 2014 ALA Annual Conference GLBTRT Board Mtg Minutes and Committee Reports Posted

by David Vess on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 07:50 am

GLBT Round Table members

The board's meeting agenda and minutes are posted.  This document captures what your board is doing.  At the bottom of the document, you will find links to all committee and representative reports that were submitted.  Thanks to David Issak (our wonderful outgoing chair of web committee) for reminding me that we need to post links to these materials in the GLBTRT ALA Connect space.

GLBT Round Table members

The board's meeting agenda and minutes are posted.  This document captures what your board is doing.  At the bottom of the document, you will find links to all committee and representative reports that were submitted.  Thanks to David Issak (our wonderful outgoing chair of web committee) for reminding me that we need to post links to these materials in the GLBTRT ALA Connect space.

 

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Discussion 2014 MW Meeting Board Agenda and Notes Document Posted

by David Vess on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

GLBT Round Table members, I just posted the agenda for the board meeting at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting.  In it you will see what your board is working on.  You'll also see a space at the bottom for links to committee and representative reports.  

GLBT Round Table members, I just posted the agenda for the board meeting at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting.  In it you will see what your board is working on.  You'll also see a space at the bottom for links to committee and representative reports.  

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Discussion Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

by Amy Greer (non-member) on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 03:46 pm

Can we get to $10,000 by the end of April? Donate today and share with others to send an amazing group of librarians and archivists to Palestine! Learn more about our contingent and donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/librarians-and-archivists-to-palestine

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