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C&T Committee Quarterly Report: May 15, 2014

Reporting Period*: May 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Children & Technology Committee
Priority Group Area *: Professional Development (PGC VII)
Current Chair(s)*: Amy Graves
Chair's Email*: agraves@manchesternh.gov
Co-Chair's email (if applicable):  
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members*: Amy Graves (Chair, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Liz Fraser (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Robin L. Gibson (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Rachel Keeler (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Melanie A. Lyttle (Member, July 31, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Dr. Marianne Martens (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Rachael Lee Medina (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Andrea Vernola (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Cen Campbell (Virtual Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Ms. Melissa Zymboly Depper (Virtual Member, November 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*: As a virtual committee, we meet twice monthly using ALA Connect chat. Since the last reporting period, we have continued our ongoing projects: posting to the ALSC blog; contributing to Children and Libraries; and generating topics and questions for ALSC's monthly Twitter chats. Committee members Melissa Depper and Andrea Vernola conducted our virtual "book club" based on Lisa Guernsey's book, Screen Time. The discussion took place in the Children and Technology Interest Group on ALA Connect, and generated a total of 7,719 page views (as of today) for the six weeks of discussion. Committee members Cen Campbell, Marianne Martens, and Amy Graves are preparing for our Hot Topic presentation at ALA Annual: "Whet Your APPetite: Rapid Reviews of Apps for Children from Preschool to Tweens."
Summarize discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*: Our committee meetings are publicly available in ALA Connect. Our discussions focus on the projects we work on. We have a schedule laid out for ALSC blog posts and Children and Libraries articles. We will continue to work on the Twitter chats during our meetings, though we are interested in the possibility of collaborating with other committees on the chats.
Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*: Our committee work supports the education goal area of ALSC's strategic plan. Our ongoing work on blog posts, interest group posts, Children and Libraries articles, and Twitter chats support professional development (objective 1), and often focus on new and emerging technologies (objective 2).
Technology is component of ALSC core competencies. Please describe how your committee has incorporated or adapted technology into the committee work that you do and resources/information you have developed.: Because it is the focus of our committee, technology is a part of everything we do, from how we conduct business as a virtual committee to the content of all of our projects.
Please list other ALSC committees you think you could be collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work:: The Digital Content Task Force is a natural fit for collaboration. We have worked together on projects and will continue to do so.
Do you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.:  
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?: Email, Regularly scheduled ALA Connect discussions/chats
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: using ALA Connecct and our committee wiki
Has the committee recently reviewed the function statement to ensure it meets the responsibilities of the priority group area and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *: Yes
For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Yes