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Jason Griffey's picture

Why was LITA Board listserv archive closed?

It was brought to my attention that the litaboar listserv has been removed from the public listing on the ALA Listserv site:


Until very recently (as long as I can remember) the archives of said list were available for public viewing.

Who made the decision to remove the listserv? I disagree with said removal, and would like to see it made public again.


David King's picture

Agreed – it should be public. Period.


David King
Digital Services Director
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, tscpl.org
785.580.4601 | dking@tscpl.org | Twitter: @davidleeking


Cindi Blyberg's picture

An alternative, as I understand it, is to create a "read-only" list that interested parties can subscribe to. I would think that the better option (or maybe both!), as the Sympa archives are... unattractive... and one has to either RSS it or remember to check it periodically.

Melissa Prentice-IL (staff)'s picture

I've gone ahead and made the archives public again. If you decided on some alternative as Cindi suggested, that setting can always be changed.




Dale Poulter's picture

Will this be an issue since award recipients are often sent to the Board before they are announced? Are any conversations about specific individuals or institutions in the archives?

Elizabeth Stewart-Marshall's picture

Hi all:

Sorry to take so long to comment but we've been having some power problems as you may have heard and internet time is spotty at best.

When it was brought to our attention that the archives were public we did some spot checking with officers and members of past Boards and it came as surprise to them that they were public.  Their assumption was that the archives were private and conversations held on the board list were done with the assumption that they were private.

Since previous Boards did not act with the knowledge that the archives might be public, the decision was made to make the archives private.

Melissa - please make the archives private again until we resolve this to the satisfaction of both current and previous particpants.

An alternative that should be considered is to create a new Board list with the full understanding of all members that the contents, including archives will be publicly available going forward. 

Zoe Stewart-Marshall

LITA Past President (2013-2014)

Adriene Lim's picture

Hi, Zoe, everyone.  I think it makes sense to have the Board's list be an open one, but only as long as all members agree to this and have knowledge of this going forward.  If this can only be achieved by way of a new Board list, I support that. 

Best regards,



Colleen Cuddy (non-member)'s picture

I am on board with Adrienne.  Two lists new one public.


Colleen Cuddy

LITA, President (2011-2012)

Melissa Prentice-IL (staff)'s picture

The archive is now closed.