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Discussion Web Coordinating Committee report for ALA Annual 2016

by Jodie Gambill on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

Please excuse the lack of line breaks in the PDF -- Jenny and I are formulating a plan to work out the kinks in this new system. :)

-Jodie

Discussion New Committee & IG Report Form

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 03:13 pm

We're going to standardize our process for reporting, so we have two new forms for you to use.

Committee chairs, please use the new Committee and Task Force Report Form.

Interest group chairs, please use the new Interest Group Report Form.

We're going to standardize our process for reporting, so we have two new forms for you to use.

Committee chairs, please use the new Committee and Task Force Report Form.

Interest group chairs, please use the new Interest Group Report Form.

When you submit your report, it will be sent to the President, Vice President, immediate Past President, and me (the Executive Director). You'll also receive an email copy. You can then copy and paste your report into a discussion in your Connect group or PDF it as a file to post there. When you post your report in Connect, please be sure to make it public.

This is our first time standardizing using these forms, so I welcome your feedback about wording, fields that are missing, and any other suggestions.

Our new process will ask you to provide a report four times a year (February, May, September, and December). For example, you'll select the February date to report on what you've done since your December report. In the future, we'll send you an email reminder when it's time to fill out your next report.

Please go ahead and use this form now to provide your reports going into the 2016 Annual Conference, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or encounter any problems.

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Discussion 3D Printing Interest Group Meeting at Midwinter 2016

by Amanda L. Goodman on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 07:19 am

There were 19 attendees with an almost even male/female ratio. Several people were there to learn how to start a 3D printer space. The agenda below was discussed and then the floor was opened up to ask questions such as what challenges you face, does anyone know of a 3D scanner which isn't terrible, and how awesome the Lulzbot 3D printer is for being reliable.

There were 19 attendees with an almost even male/female ratio. Several people were there to learn how to start a 3D printer space. The agenda below was discussed and then the floor was opened up to ask questions such as what challenges you face, does anyone know of a 3D scanner which isn't terrible, and how awesome the Lulzbot 3D printer is for being reliable.

  • The name/purpose change was submitted last week, then bounced back with news that a form had to be submitted. That will be done on Tuesday.
  • We need a co-chair to join Ryan in June. 
  • At the meeting, it was decided to "open source" the Global Map of 3D printers in libraries.
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Discussion HoLT Agenda -- 2016 ALA Midwinter

by Robert Nunez on Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 07:41 pm

Sunday, January 10, 2016

1:00 to 2:30 pm
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 151A 

Introductions & Announcements (5 min)

    Chair: Rob Nunez
    Vice-Chair: Paul Go 

LITA & HoLT Business (10 min)

    Email list - mailto: lita-holt@lists.ala.org
    ALA Connect - http://connect.ala.org/node/66223

Sunday, January 10, 2016

1:00 to 2:30 pm
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 151A 

Introductions & Announcements (5 min)

    Chair: Rob Nunez
    Vice-Chair: Paul Go 

LITA & HoLT Business (10 min)

    Email list - mailto: lita-holt@lists.ala.org
    ALA Connect - http://connect.ala.org/node/66223

LITA HoLT IG program for ALA Annual in June, 2015

Title: Budgeting with Scarcity

Description: The demand by the local community for resources at the library continues to grow every year; however, the budget for technological resources may never grow to match. With changing demands, trying to satisfy the majority of users and staff becomes a difficult challenge. This panel, assembled by the LITA HoLT interest group, will discuss technologies, best practices, and experiences with hardware budgeting, open source software, cloud services, and developing partnerships that a manager can use to help maximize a budget.

     [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

Turning the IT dept. Outward

Bohyun Kim, University of MD, Baltimore

Most IT departments work behind the scenes and do not interact with the public much. But what if a library IT department was given the mandate to become more outward-facing from the library administration? What does exactly "outward-facing" mean, and what kind of role would an IT department be expected to play as an outward-facing unit? How would such a mandate change the traditional role of a library IT department? What would be the best way for the head of an IT department to manage such a change? Lastly, what kind of challenges would such an IT department encounter?

I will explore these questions above, along with my experience of adopting and leading such a change in the IT division at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

UX for Strategic Planning and Service Assessment 

Carli SpinaHarvard Law School Library

A key step in formulating a strategic plan for your library is knowing how patrons use your services and space. For many libraries, tracking data about service, space, and material usage is the primary way that these determinations are made, but this doesn’t always show the full picture. User experience testing is a great tool to improve our understanding of how patrons use libraries and where improvements can be made. I will talk about how user experience testing can be used to inform large scale projects and strategic plans and will describe the cross-departmental user experience team that I helped form at my library. Along the way, I will talk about some specific types of tests that any library can run.

Content analysis of library system vendor’s RFP proposals

Win ShihUniversity of Southern California

USC Libraries is in an RFP process of selecting a library services platform (LSP) to replace its legacy integrated library system. In this presentation, we will discuss the findings from a content analysis of four vendor’s RFP proposals (i.e., Ex Libris, Innovative Interfaces, OCLC, and SirsiDynix). Specifically, we will compare the four LSPs based on their architecture, product design and vision, functionality, technology underpinning, solution offerings, and the completeness of the product. Additionally, we will review the company service, support, customer base, market penetration, and future direction.

Content analysis is “a research technique for making replicable and valid inferences from texts (or other meaningful matter) to the context of their use” (Krippendorff, 2010, p. 234). Through the analysis of the detailed RFP proposals from four industry leaders, we hope to share with audience the key themes, concepts, features, and uniqueness of these new library services platforms. 

Exploring the IT Datascape: What does our IT data tell us about our users?

Kevin Herrera, University of Mississippi Libraries

Libraries have a number of traditional metrics for assessing patron use and behavior. Gate counts and circulation statistics have historically been used as partial measures of library use. Website hits, eResource data, and digital collection usage can be used to measure online library use.

But what else is out there? A number of our IT systems can generate statistics that give interesting and unique insights into patron behavior. This presentation will look at data from three of our systems: printing, scanning, and the wireless network. The data from those systems has had a number of positive effects in the library, and we'll consider some of the ways services are changing based on this information.

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Discussion Bylaws & Organization Meeting at ALAMW16 - Minutes

by Andrea Mullarkey (non-member) on Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 01:01 pm

LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee Meeting
ALA Midwinter Meeting - January 9, 2016
 
Attending: Andrea Mullarkey, Matthew, Frank, Paul, Ed, Richard, Jenny Levine
 
Agenda topics:
Update on things that have happened during the fall:
- Interest Group renewals are proceding. (See report on Connect - Bylaws & Organization, All Chairs spaces)
- Multiple updates to the manual, committee charges as directed/requested by Board and other committees

LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee Meeting
ALA Midwinter Meeting - January 9, 2016
 
Attending: Andrea Mullarkey, Matthew, Frank, Paul, Ed, Richard, Jenny Levine
 
Agenda topics:
Update on things that have happened during the fall:
- Interest Group renewals are proceding. (See report on Connect - Bylaws & Organization, All Chairs spaces)
- Multiple updates to the manual, committee charges as directed/requested by Board and other committees
- Parliamentary guidance to the board as they transition leadership and work on systems/flow for the Board
 
Major project going forward: LITA MANUAL - THE NEXT GENERATION
We have been talking about this project as an update to the LITA manual but as we continued discussions at Midwinter it is clear that what is needed is more than a simple update or revision.
 
We identified several issues through our discussion:
* The current process for updating the manual is unnecessarily complicated
* The high turnover rate among member leaders in LITA leads to a lack of continuity which compounds the problem of documentation - it is both more important and less regularly done.
* There is a divide between who has the knowledge to develop the content for a manual and who has a mandate/responsibility to make sure it's done.
* What we are experiencing with the manual and bylaws revisions/updates points to a larger organizational dynamic.
* There is a tension between the desire for flexibility within LITA leading to a more loosey-goosey approach and the desire for documentation and consistency.
* The lack of good documentation leads to difficulties with transparency, knowledge transfer and leadership development.
 
We as a group believe two things are needed and as a result propose a 2-pronged solution to the problems:
 
FIRST, we as a committee believe we need a significantly different kind of manual. We think the next generation manual should be:

  • Simpler. There are many areas where the manual could be weeded/de-duped. There are also many things int he manual that could more effectively live in committee connect spaces, mailing list archives or elsewhere.
  • De-centralized. The manual should lean more heavily on technology for updating (perhaps a wiki, or a comment-enabled Wordpress installation) that allows more people to update in areas they have responsibility for and relies less on a complicated chain of people to make changes happen.

We as a committee are prepared to spend the next several months going through the current manual and making a proposal to the board for a structure/skeleton/outline of what the next generation manual should look like. This will proceed asynchronously with the group taking up sections of the manual roughly every other week (as nudged by email by Andrea).
 
We will look at the Bylaws (the first part of the Manual) as a part of this process and will make a proposal for revision that is smaller in scope than the revision project that has been undertaken thus far. Our goal will be to propose revisions to the bylaws that will bring the document into alignment with actual practice but not to propose new structural changes to the organization or its functioning at this time.
 
We defer to LITA staff to make suggestions/decisions about technology or platforms that will make more ready, efficient updating of a manual possible.
 
SECOND, we as a committee believe that there needs to be a group within LITA that is constituted for a longer duration of time to look at organizational change, knowledge transfer, and leadership development. We believe a task force, ad hoc committee or similarly formed kind of group could provide the continuity needed to develop the tools needed to make meaningful change in the way that things are documented and shared among successive leadership groups. We anticipate such a group would be interested in and address the manual and bylaws revisions/process but would also be interested in member leader training, recruitment, and transitions more broadly.

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Discussion Imagineering IG Meeting, ALA Annual 2015

by Breanne Kirsch on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

6 people attended the meeting. We discussed possible ideas for a program at the 2016 Annual Conference. The group also discussed future endeavors, including the http://scifiandbeyond.org/ blog. We are hoping to add more content to the blog.

6 people attended the meeting. We discussed possible ideas for a program at the 2016 Annual Conference. The group also discussed future endeavors, including the http://scifiandbeyond.org/ blog. We are hoping to add more content to the blog.

Roughly 400 people attended the program, "Unknown Knowns and Known Unknowns:" http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28873. The authors, Vernor Vinge, Greg Bear, John Scalzi, Marie Brennan and Larry Correia discussed their work and how it connects with technological opportunities and developments.

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Discussion Game Making IG Meeting, ALA Annual 2015

by Breanne Kirsch on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 10:29 am

There were 8 attendees at our meeting. This is fairly good considering the Pride Parade was happening at the same time! Two people gave presentations about how they are using games in libraries, including Brian Mayer, who talked about the process of creating the board-game, Freedom: The Underground Railroad. Kyle Felker shared the process of creating the Library Quest Game. Attendees then discussed what they are working on at their libraries before adjourning.

Discussion Imagineering IG Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2015

by Breanne Kirsch on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 07:20 am

Imagineering Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2015

  • There were 6 attendees.
  • The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a brief description of the Imagineering IG.
  • We discussed possible topics for future programs.
  • Future endeavors of the group were also discussed.

Discussion Game Making IG Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2015

by Breanne Kirsch on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 07:18 am

Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2015

  • There were about 12 attendees.
  • The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a short presentation on different ways to incorporate games into instruction and outreach.
  • Then attendees shared what game related projects they are working on at their institutions.
  • Future endeavors of the group were also discussed.

Discussion LITA Committee/IG Chairs Updates & Important Info: Program Planning Deadlines for 2015

by Mark A. Beatty (staff) on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Midwinter Meeting & Annual Conference 2015

Annual Programs:
Submissions for this coming Annual Conference are closed.  

Proposal Deadline: September 2, 2014

Midwinter Meetings:

Submit your Midwinter meeting space requests and AV needs to Valerie Edmonds vedmonds@ala.org no later than September 29, 2014

Midwinter Meeting & Annual Conference 2015

Annual Programs:
Submissions for this coming Annual Conference are closed.  

Proposal Deadline: September 2, 2014

Midwinter Meetings:

Submit your Midwinter meeting space requests and AV needs to Valerie Edmonds vedmonds@ala.org no later than September 29, 2014

Program Development Opportunities:

Annual programs can make great LITA web education. Contact Mark Beatty mbeatty@ala.org if you’re interested in coordinating a LITA Webinar or Web Course. 

Submitting Committee and IG reports:

Please post your Committee and Interest Group reports to the Interest Group and Committee Chairs Community on ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/107572

Please make your post public so that the entire membership can access it.

Important Contacts: 

 


 

LITA Committee and Interest Group Chairs Program Planning Calendar: Midwinter and Annual 2015

JULY/AUGUST

Submit program proposals for Annual 2015

SEPTEMBER

Send Midwinter meeting request to Valerie Edmonds (vedmonds@ala.org); include time, date, room set-up, and AV by September 29

OCTOBER

Notification of Annual proposal approval; initial program descriptions due to Mark Beatty (mbeatty@ala.org)

First round changes to the Midwinter schedule are due to Valerie Edmonds (vedmonds@ala.org) by October 6

Changes to Midwinter AV requests sent to Valerie Edmonds (vedmonds@ala.org) by October 6

NOVEMBER

** Changes to Midwinter AV Requests will not be accommodated October 6**

Draft schedule of Midwinter meetings with room assignments will be posted.

First request for Annual meeting space and AV needs from Valerie Edmonds

JANUARY

ALA Midwinter, Chicago IL: January 30 - February 3, 2015

FEBRUARY

February 6:

  • Final changes to Annual Conference program descriptions and speaker names due to LITA Office
  • Final deadline for Annual meeting space requests or changes due to LITA Office
  • Final deadline to request additional AV for programs and meeting
  • Information pertaining to meetings to Valerie Edmonds (vedmonds@ala.org)
  • Information pertaining to programs to Mark Beatty (mbeatty@ala.org)

MARCH

**Changes to AV Requests will not be accommodated after February 25**

APRIL/MAY

Schedule of Annual Conference meetings/programs with room assignments will be posted; online event scheduler will be available

JUNE

ALA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA: June 25 - 30, 2015

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This was the first in-person meeting for this IG. We formed in March with two chairs: Amanda L. Goodman and Ryan Claringbole.

Note: I'm waiting for clearance from ALA Connect to make a formal discussion post so I apologize for this comment with our notes.

  • 12 attendees
  • The Chair, Amanda L. Goodman, gave an introduction to the back history of why this group was formed -- sparked by a discussion on the main LITA-listserv about the need for a 3D Printing IG.
  • Each attendee introduced themselves and what they wanted to learn/discuss within the confines of the group. 
  • Amanda and Co-Chair Ryan Claringbole brought up one of their goals of the group: to create a 3D printing resource for all librarians. The attendees agreed on this and a proposed format was decided upon: using the pre-existing list of things the listserv wanted in a resource, we would send out an email every two weeks and have a discussion on what resources to add to fill in those blanks. 
  • Attendees then asked and answered each other's questions. For example: 
    • Is there a market for good 3D scanners in public libraries?
    • Is anyone teaching classes on how to design 3D projects?
    • Is anyone offering as a service 3D modeling assistance and charging for the service?
    • How are you teaching people about 3D? 
    • Are you having any luck with resin-based printers?
    • Do you have policies regarding weapons or sex toy prints?
  • Should this group be more makerspace focused? The consensus was no, we have our hands full already. 
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