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LITA IRC Minutes from 2013 Midwinter Virtual Meeting

LITA International Relations Committee

Meeting Minutes

February 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. CST via Google+ Hangout

Attendees: Jason Battles, Sai Deng, Ava Iuliano, Cory Lampert, and Cindy Li


We discussed planning for the program in Chicago that we are co-sponsoring with the LITA Heads of IT Interest Group. We are going to have several virtual panelists, and the committee discussed the technological challenges this presented. Committee members suggested finding opportunities to test the setups of virtual speakers prior to the program. Possible platforms for virtual speakers include Google+ Hangouts, Skype, Adobe Connect, and Elluminate. It was also suggested that a microphone for the moderator to take questions from attendees would be helpful. The program is scheduled for 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013.

The committee discussed the options for creating a resource via the LITA website for international library technology resources, projects, etc. Reaching out to our connections in IFLA and on the International Relations Round Table was deemed a good starting point. Some members have personal and/or professional connections that can also help us gather information on activities in Europe and Asia. While we are looking for a broad array of international projects, current trends in e-Science, big data, linked data, digitization, etc. are of particular interest.

Committee members were interested in continuing the conversations with Eva Kaplan and Ariel Schwartz from Maria’s Libraries (http://mariaslibraries.org/) to search for ways that we can help with their efforts in Kenya. This non-profit group is doing some interesting work and while we haven’t yet found a concrete way to assist them it is worth keeping the channels open. The committee discussed having Ava or Ariel update the committee on their work during a meeting this spring.

Cory mentioned the problems in Mali (http://goo.gl/aKVMy) and the loss of significant manuscript collections. There has been a considerable effort by several universities to preserve similarly threatened manuscripts in Yemen (http://ymdi.uoregon.edu/). The Yemen project gives us some contacts that may help us determine whether an effort has been initiated on behalf of the Mali manuscripts.