What sort of Connect posts should be private?
Preface: Cindi agreed at our April meeting to draft a list of Connect items that should be closed. This list should guide us in the decision to make our individual posts public or private. Please make suggestions in the form of comments or below the following text. ct 7/3/12
According to ALA policy, online discussions are not meetings and therefore are not subject to ALA's open meetings guidelines (ALA Policy 7.1): “Asynchronous electronic discussions by electronic mail or other asynchronous communications methods do not constitute meetings because they are not an official assembly with a designated starting time.”
At our May 2012 meeting, we agreed to support this statement of best practice:
"In keeping with the Guiding Principles adopted by the LITA Board in March 2011, LITA Board members will endeavor to conduct LITA business openly on ALA Connect, except where the matter at hand concerns the privacy of individuals or institutions. Any posts, discussion topics, files, or other Connect items that are not made public will be summarized and posted to the all-LITA Connect group by the Board member who created the item."
Items, therefore, "concerning the privacy of individuals or institutions," or items concerning awards, scholarships, appointments, sponsorships, and evaluation or feedback concerning work done for LITA or its units should be posted privately.