GLBTRT Newsletter Committee Committee
During the past six months, the Newsletter Committee has undergone big changes. First, it morphed into the News Committee because of GLBTRT Executive Board action that separated the news and the media reviews. This divided the Newsletter Committee into two separate committees: News and Reviews. With the initiation of the News Committee came GLBT News in January. This is a website through Wordpress that allows weekly entries of round table, library, and national/international LGBT news of interest to members. A weekly feature is a profile, complete with one or two photographs, of GLBTRT members.
Currently, the website has 105 subscribers. We invite everyone to join. Just go to http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/news/ and type your email on the right side under “Subscribe to GLBT News.”
Mack Freeman will be the News Committee chair for 2014-2015. With his six members, he plans to assign each member for a section of the website, provide monthly digests of the “GLBT News Best” to be sent to the round table e-list, and add more original content.
After three and a half years chairing this committee—including three years editing the round table newsletter—I am leaving for another wonderful GLBTRT venture, chairing the new Reviews Committee. I would like to thank these people:
- Mack Freeman for developing GLBT News, posting materials, and writing articles.
- Tess Goldwasser for her hard work in interviewing members and writing their profiles.
- Jenna Goodall for searching out news and preparing columns.
- Past Action Councils, the current Executive Boards, and GLBTRT chairs for their faith in my work.
The former Newsletter Committee has made some great changes this past year. Thanks to the support of the Executive Committee, the committee, which produced three newsletters in 2013, has been morphed into the News Committee, responsible for GLBT News, a weekly blog (http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/news/) that will be the official news outlet for GLBTRT. Mack Freeman, next year’s chair, is responsible for the look of the blog. I’m sending him news, and the other two members, Tess Goldwasser Jenna Goodall, are writing columns. Tess has already started a weekly “People Profile” with two thus far, and Jenna will continue her youth column and do special assignments. The blog will also provide blogs of special interest to the round table. Interested parties should contact Editor Nel Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Because of the change, a new committee, Reviews Committee, will concentrate on information about media—reviews, columns, announcements, etc. This committee doesn’t officially begin until after 2014 but the groundwork will be laid before then. This committee also has a foundation of reviewers; anyone interested in writing for the Reviews Committee blog (http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/reviews/) should contact Nel Ward (email@example.com).
As communication theorist Marshall McLuhan said almost 50 years ago, “The medium is the message.” The Reviews Committee and the News Committee look forward to providing the message through a new medium.
We encourage all GLBTRT members to sign up for these blogs.
Since I was appointed as GLBTRT Newsletter in December 2011, four newsletters have been published: Midwinter, Midwinter Supplement, Spring, and Summer. The Midwinter Supplement was added to provide information about award and bibliography results during the Midwinter meeting as well as background information for the 2012 round table candidates. Each of these newsletters was 16 pages.
Acting Review Chair, Jesse Nachem, was appointed after Joyce Meggett’s resignation. Also appointed were Newsletter Committee members Sarah Corvene, Lydia Willoughby, and Jarred Wilson.
Jesse has verified names for reviewers and updated the list of volunteers to review books and videos. The new review media distributor, Sue Hardesty, established a spreadsheet of review books/videos, updated as media arrives, that is accessible to reviewers so that they identify available materials for review. The spreadsheet shows materials being reviewed, new media received, and non-current media to be withdrawn from the list with names of requestors and dates sent to them. Sue also set up a communication e-list for all reviewers. A new spreadsheet also contains over 50 publisher contacts for review requests.
Plans for the coming year include the publication of an additional newsletter, an Annual Conference supplement that includes committee reports and GLBTRT information from the summer convention. With this publication, six newsletters will be available to readers during 2012.
The GLBTRT discussion e-list has been useful in obtaining information for the newsletter. Many thanks to the people who contributed to that and to their willingness to provide follow-up for their contributions.
Nel Ward, Editor