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Hi everyone,

Rachel and I took the notes from our last meeting and incorporated them into Adriene's reworking of our goals.  Rachel also changed the language a bit to make them sound like goals rather than things we just *do* as a matter of course.

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Discussion Goals for July 2013 - June 2015

by Cindi Blyberg on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 08:14 am

Hi everyone,

Rachel and I took the notes from our last meeting and incorporated them into Adriene's reworking of our goals.  Rachel also changed the language a bit to make them sound like goals rather than things we just *do* as a matter of course.

Hi everyone,

Rachel and I took the notes from our last meeting and incorporated them into Adriene's reworking of our goals.  Rachel also changed the language a bit to make them sound like goals rather than things we just *do* as a matter of course.

I want to reiterate that the text below is a reworking of the goal statements from the longer Strategic Plan document that was put together by leadership and membership.  The division's principle "deliverables" remain the same--education, publications, networking--and the other ideas, collaboration, advocacy, and infrastructure, have been central to the Board's and the membership's work over the last few years.  We hope that this text reflects the LITA gestalt, and we welcome everyone's comments.

The dates at the top reflect the leadership turnover that we have as an organization.  We are not suggesting that the goals be torn down every year (or every other year) and re-written, but we hope that putting a shorter timeframe on them will mean that thoughtful discussion and re-affirming will happen with each new President, ensuring that the goals are front and center, framing our work.

If these are agreeable to you, we will need a motion and a second, then we can discuss and vote. 

LITA members who aren't board members who are viewing this document, we welcome your comments, too!

 

LITA’s Goals for June 2013- June 2015

Collaboration & Networking


Foster collaboration and encourage networking among our members and beyond so the full potential of technologies in libraries can be realized.

Education & Sharing of Expertise

Offer education, publications, and events to inspire and enable members to improve technology integration within their libraries.

Advocacy

Advocate for meaningful legislation, policies, and standards that positively impact on the current and future capabilities of libraries that promote equitable access to information and technology.

Infrastructure

Improve LITA’s organizational capacity to serve, educate, and create community for its members.

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Discussion Meeting Agenda Item: LITA Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group

by Jason Griffey on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 09:28 pm

LITA Board,

Attached you will find the Charge and the Petition for a new IG, the LITA Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group. As the Petition has the signatures of interest of 1 Chair, 2 co-chairs, and at least 8 LITA members, the next step for instantiation is a vote by the Board.

The officers of the IG have been indicated as:

LITA Board,

Attached you will find the Charge and the Petition for a new IG, the LITA Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group. As the Petition has the signatures of interest of 1 Chair, 2 co-chairs, and at least 8 LITA members, the next step for instantiation is a vote by the Board.

The officers of the IG have been indicated as:

Co-chair: Galen Charlton, Equinox Software gmcharlt@gmail.com>
Co-chair: Emily Morton-Owens, Seattle Public Library,
emily.morton.owens@gmail.com>
Co-chair: Matt Beckstrom, Lewis & Clark Library, mbeckstrom@lclibrary.org>

I would like to request that said vote take place at the upcoming online Board meeting.

Thank you,

Jason Griffey
Chair, Bylaws Committee

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Discussion Questions about LITA Job Board

by Rachel Vacek on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

As you may or may not know, LITA can't accept online payments to post positions to the LITA Job Board.  

"We are not yet able to accept online payments - shortly after you submit this form, the LITA Office will discuss payment details with the contact person given on the form." 

As you may or may not know, LITA can't accept online payments to post positions to the LITA Job Board.  

"We are not yet able to accept online payments - shortly after you submit this form, the LITA Office will discuss payment details with the contact person given on the form." 

Not only is this embarrassing and ironic for a technology association, but over the past year I've received complaints from colleagues at other institutions (who are also LITA members) as well as observed conversations on social media about the cost and inconvenience of the process.

But this brings me to a larger question - Does this service bring in a lot of income for LITA?  I don't have the budget handy at the moment.  The service platform that Code4Lib uses, for example, is free, open to ANYONE, and gets tons of job posts. Plus, those posts get pushed automatically to the code4lib listserv. I think a rich resource like this would be a lot more valuable for LITA members than something that hardly anyone uses because of cost and inconvenience.  I know that I personally haven't posted jobs there for my own institution because 1) I can post elsewhere for free and 2) if I want to advertise to LITA members, I can just post the job directly to the listserv.

When was the service initiated?  Is it time to revisit it and evaluate the ROI for both LITA members as well as the LITA staff to process all the paperwork?

I'd look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Rachel

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Online Doc ADE in the Library eBook Data Lifecycle (draft for LITAblog?)

by Aaron Dobbs on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 09:16 am

This is an ALA Connect Online Document
Please make your changes directly in the text (use the Edit tab above)
(please change the font to strikeout rather than deleting, for easier revision tracking without having to hit the history tab)
 
Fwiw, I posted the text mostly verbatim below - though Nate corrected me on the first paragraph which I quickly corrected and noted on LITAblog.
 
Thanks for all the review and feedback, folks.
 

This is an ALA Connect Online Document
Please make your changes directly in the text (use the Edit tab above)
(please change the font to strikeout rather than deleting, for easier revision tracking without having to hit the history tab)
 
Fwiw, I posted the text mostly verbatim below - though Nate corrected me on the first paragraph which I quickly corrected and noted on LITAblog.
 
Thanks for all the review and feedback, folks.
 
We should definitely talk about the philosophical stuff in the comments - I think Andromeda is very correct that the ideals stated in ALA policies and other publications need to be squared with choices seemingly made without considering the tech implications.
 
[
Just noticed a couple more questions from conversations today which could use answering: 
What are the data flows involved? 
Who has control or responsibility for them? 
What are the vulnerabilities?  

[Do these items need to be added?]
]

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Reader: "Hey, I heard there is some sort of problem with those ebooks I checked out from the library?"

Librarian: "There are technical problems, potential legal problems, and philosophical problems - but not with the book itself nor your choice to read it."

As mentioned, there are (at least) three sides to the problem discovered by security researcher Benjamin Daniel Mussler with the way the current version (4) of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) manages the ebook experience as clarified by Eric Hellman. The technical problem, that arguably private data is sent in plain text from a reader's device to a central data-store, seems pretty obvious. The potential legal problem stems from laws in every state which protect reader privacy which sets expectations for data security, plus other laws which may apply. The philosophical problem has several facets, which could be simplified down to the tension between privacy and convenience.

When a widely-used software platform is found to be logging data unexpectedly and transmitting it for some unknown use it causes great unease among users.  When that transmission is happening in plain text over easily-intercepted channels, it causes anger among technologists who think a leading software developer should know better.  When this is all happening in the context of the library world where privacy is highly valued paramount, there is outrage as expressed by LITA Board member Andromeda Yelton.

Here are the library profession's basic positions:

  1. Each individual's reading choices and behavior should be private (i.e. anonymized or, better, not tracked)
  2. Data gathered for user-desired functionality synchronizing the reader's experience across devices should be private (i.e. anonymized)
  3. Insofar as there is any tracking of reading choices and behavior, there should be an opt-out option readily available to individuals (i.e, not buried in the fine print)

In his October 9th post from The Digital Shift, Matt Enis reports that Adobe is working to correct the
problem of data being transmitted in clear text but “maintains that its collection of this data is covered under its user agreement.”  Up until now the Library profession has not said to the corporations that enable our customers to access ebooks that The data that corporations it transmit should be limited to the data and data elements necessary to how much data and what data elements are enough to sync the reader's experience across multiple devices provide desired functionality yet also restricted enough for an individual's activity to remain private. Nate Hoffelder's blog post served to stimulate the conversation of this issue among library technologists and leaders.  It's time for the rest of us to join in. 

To join the conversation, begin to educate yourself using our ADE Primer, below, and the following resources:

Adobe Digital Editions FAQ: http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/faq.html
Adobe Privacy Policy: http://www.adobe.com/privacy.html
Overdrive Getting Started FAQ: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1481729-getting-start...
Overdrive Privacy Policy: http://company.overdrive.com/privacy-policy/
Overdrive customer guide from Phoenix Public Library: http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/browse/eLibrary/Pages/Getting-Starte...

A Primer on how Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is involved with library ebooks

I'm a reader and I go to use a library ebook (via OverDrive or the downloading service offered):

  1. what will I need to install on my device(s)? (laptop, tablet, phone, & iPod let's assume)
    1. laptop/computer: Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), activated with an Adobe ID
    2. tablet, phone, iPod, etc.: Bluefire Reader (or compatible) app, activated with an Adobe ID
  2. how do the various devices know which page to show me next when I switch between them?
    1. access and synchronization across devices are managed using the Adobe ID and the information associated with the ebook and by data tracked with ADE 
  3. what technologies are behind the scenes?
    1. the ADE managed digital rights management (DRM) required by the ebook publisher
    2. the ebook reader software/app
    3. the internet
  4. what data is needed to be able to do the sync?
    1. the minimum required data is arguably the UserID, BookID, and a page-accessed timestamp
    2. the current ADE version, ADE4, tracks significantly more data than the minimums above
  5. how is that data shared between devices?
    1. Users can access their ADE account from up to 6 different devices. When accessing the ID/account from a new device the user must "activate" the device by logging into the Adobe ID/Account to prove that the user is the legitimate account holder.
    2. ADE4 shares all ebook data it tracks in plain-text in an unsecured channel on the internet
  6. what functionality would not work if this were suddenly not provided?
    1. if ADE did not provide reader tracking data, each time a reader opened an ebook on a different device the reader would have to remember what page s/he was on and then navigate to that page to continue reading from where they left off
    2. A computer can be anonymously activated using ADE, however this will prevent the items from being accessible from more than one computer/device. The ebooks would then be considered to be "owned" by that computer and would not be available to be accessed from other devices.
    3. if ADE were completely withdrawn from availability, ebook DRM would prevent use of ADE-managed DRM-protected ebooks

 

From a technology point of view, the clear-text data transmitted suggests the data may be for synchronization, but it seems, first and foremost, to support various licensing business models. Because Adobe might in the future have customers who want to use Adobe DRM to expire a book after a certain number of hours or pages read, they may feel the need to collect that data. Adobe's data collection seems to be working as intended here. Clear-text transmission is clearly a bug, but that this data about patron reading habits is being transmitted to Adobe is a feature of the software.

The philosophical discussion which needs to happen around ebooks and DRM should include:

  • what data elements enable user-desired functionality
  • what data elements enable digital rights management
  • what data elements above are/are not within ALA's stated professional ethics
  • whether tracking ebook user behavior is acceptable *at all*

From libraryland conversations around the issue so far, opinions have ranged from 'tracking is not the problem, the clear-text transmission is' to 'tracking is very much a problem, it's unacceptable.'

 

 

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My notes for content checking:

What’s missing from this lifecycle write up at the moment?

 Lifecycle meaning - Adobe DRM, is it a desktop app? embeded in eBook reader apps? how much information is needed and how (and where) is the info stored in order to be able to sync reading location across devices? A general backgrounder to get up to speed on the tech would be helpful (or did I miss something like this recently posted somewhere?)

We've got the "how do you verify the behavior is happening" part no problem. It would be handy for OITP, DCWG, and the public at large to understand how the technology works (and apparently has been working for a long time). Do we have the brainspace to pull together the overarching technology environment together and describe how it works?

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Most people will come to ADE because they have discovered a book or service that requires that ADE be used to read the book. When dealing with ADE directly, the user must download and install the software to the computer or device and the set up an Adobe ID (an account with Adobe). This requires the user's name, country, and a valid email address to create a new Adobe ID.

The ADE ID/account lives in the cloud and keeps track of what you have available (purchased or borrowed, and if the latter, active or expired). The ID/account is what each device you have accesses. In this way you can access purchased or borrowed books. It also allows ADE to enforce the Digital Rights Management (DRM) put in place by the creator of the ebook (usually a publisher). This will prevent you from transferring a file to another computer for another user to access if that is not permitted by the DRM.

Users can access their ADE account from up to 6 different devices. When accessing the ID/account from a new device the user must "activate" the device by logging into the Adobe ID/Account to prove that the user is the legitimate account holder. A computer can be anonymously activated, however this will prevent the items from being accessible from more than one computer/device. The ebooks would then be considered to be "owned" by that computer and would not be available to be accessed from other devices.

While some services expressly use the ADE software, others - like the most recent release of Overdrive - "hide" it within the service-specific app to make for a less complicated user experience.

For more information see:  Adobe Digital Editions FAQ: http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/faq.html

See:
Adobe Digital Editions FAQ: http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/faq.html
Adobe Privacy Policy: http://www.adobe.com/privacy.html
Overdrive Getting Started FAQ: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1481729-getting-start...
Overdrive Privacy Policy: http://company.overdrive.com/privacy-policy/
Overdrive customer guide from Phoenix Public Library: http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/browse/eLibrary/Pages/Getting-Starte...

Lifecycle of a library user’s accessing an ebook process

  1. User discovers an ebook to read

  2. User creates personal account(s)

    1. Library account

    2. Ebook vendor account (EBSCO, ProQuest, Overdrive, etc.)

    3. Adobe account

  3. To read on computer (PC, Mac, etc.)

    1. User installs Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

    2. User logs into ADE

    3. User logs into Ebook vendor account (and Library Account?)
  4. To read on mobile device/tablet (iOS, Android, etc.)

    1. User installs Bluefire Reader (or compatible) app

    2. User authorizes app with Adobe account

    3. User logs into Ebook vendor account (and Library Account?)
  5. User re-discovers ebook and downloads & reads it

 

Example library ebook access documentation:

 

So what’s the problem?

  • The problem stems from the necessary tracking of each user’s ebook reading activities which allow the software to synchronize between various access points (the user’s computer, tablet, phone, etc)

  • This tracking activity is not the problem, per se (or maybe it is, depending on who is being asked)

  • The problem is the information is transmitted insecurely, which allows interested/malicious 3rd parties to access (and track) a user’s reading data (what they read, when they read it, what pages they accessed, how long between page changes, and similar data)

Is there a fix for this problem?

  • Adobe has stated they will be/are working on it (since ADE is at the root of the problem, Adobe is the only place it can be addressed)

What else do we want to know?

  • How do the libraries and eBook vendors handle the data entrusted to them by their users/patrons?

 

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Discussion thoughts on dues increase proposal messaging

by Andromeda Yelton on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 08:43 am

Pursuant to the dues increase working documents:

If we are going to approve a dues increase, it's critically important that we communicate with the members in advance and demonstrate that they're getting increased value.  I went through all our programs a while ago and identified things we've started doing since our last dues increase.  I drafted it as a a blog post, but I never got around to posting it, and honestly it's the sort of content that should be coming from official LITA channels, not my blog.  Someone asked at Annual that I post it here, so here you go!

What do you all think about messaging?


[intro text that works only on my blog cut]

One of the first questions anyone asks with a dues increase proposal is, why should we pay more if we're not getting more? So I decided to interrogate that question. What is LITA doing now that it hasn't since 2004? I was pretty sure I'd find some things; I found more than I expected. Since 2004, new things LITA has done include:

In chatting with some prior LITA presidents at Midwinter, I also heard about how LITA has been a leader in pushing ideas that other divisions or ALA as a whole later adopt (like interest groups, which we've had since the mid-1980s!). The examples which stick out in my head, and which I believe postdate 2004, are a streamlined program planning timeline (you used to have to get conference programs approved a year and a half in advance, which means no timely topics for you; LITA sped up its process starting 4 years ago, and ALA has since followed suit) and the expectation of wifi throughout the convention center (we crazy tech people kept insisting on having it for our sessions until it became the default). And, of course, we're actually paying less; $60 in 2004 dollars is $74 in 2013 dollars (Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), but we're still paying $60. And we don't have more staff.

and what haven't you?

I expect there are things we were doing in 2004 that we're not doing now; I haven't researched this as thoroughly. I know we haven't offered regional institutes in several years; that we experimented briefly with LITACamp but are no longer doing it; and that some IGs are no longer active (getting an exact count would be quite time-consuming; on the other hand, since IGs are driven by member interest, I'm not concerned when they go extinct - it lets us refocus energies on places where people are more motivated).

tl;dr

I'm still thinking about this, and I want to hear your thoughts. The Financial Strategies Task Force report is quite clear that a dues increase is not a panacea, and the Board should not do only a dues increase and not push for other strategies as well. I am absolutely persuaded by this recommendation; a dues increase by itself would be at best a bandaid that presented the Board with the same problems a few years later. LITA needs to do some things genuinely differently to be financially viable. And I mean that without hyperbole. I am from the startup world, where we care deeply about runway and burn rate; in the discussions I've had with other board members we disagree on exactly how long we think that runway is, but a decade is not an unreasonable estimate. If you're not from the startup world, what I mean by runway is the length of time we have before we must be aloft or we will crash and burn. As LITA is presently constituted, its revenue typically exceeds its expenses. And we are in a challenging environment - like many nonprofits, including big ALA, our membership is declining, and the macroeconomic slowdown has done us no favors. External factors won't help us here; we need to help ourselves. So I want to hear your thoughts about that too. The task force recommended investigating entrepreneurial possibilities -- what would that look like to you? What would a soaring, aloft LITA look like to you?

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Discussion Discussion on Communications & Marketing Committee Charge

by Jason Griffey on Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 07:17 pm

The Bylaws Committee moves that the LITA Board of Directors accept the final edit of the Charge for the Communications & Marketing Committee, and vote to create said committee. The final charge can be read here: http://connect.ala.org/node/229184.

As the motion comes from a Committee, it doesn't need a second. 

We are therefore in the Discussion portion of the Motion. Please use this thread for any questions/comments, and if there are none after 3 days, we will move to voting.

The Bylaws Committee moves that the LITA Board of Directors accept the final edit of the Charge for the Communications & Marketing Committee, and vote to create said committee. The final charge can be read here: http://connect.ala.org/node/229184.

As the motion comes from a Committee, it doesn't need a second. 

We are therefore in the Discussion portion of the Motion. Please use this thread for any questions/comments, and if there are none after 3 days, we will move to voting.

Thanks for everyone's patience on this process.

 

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Online Doc Final Edit: Communications & Marketing Committee Charge

by Cindi Blyberg on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 07:46 pm

Communications and Marketing Committee

Purpose and Scope of Responsibility

Communications and Marketing Committee

Purpose and Scope of Responsibility

The Communications & Marketing Committee is a standing committee that develops and implements LITA’s strategic communications and marketing plan to promote LITA’s mission, vision, values, and important news around membership, publications, education, volunteering, events, and more. The committee is also responsible for establishing best practices for style and content that is used in all communication formats and will work closely with the LITA Staff and Web Coordinating Committee. Possible work includes the following:

  • Oversee current and future work on the LITA brand

  • Assist in the content strategy for the LITA website and other media channels

  • Observe activities and work of the LITA Board, Committees, and Interest Groups and write news-style stories for the association

  • Facilitate and promote participation to increase membership value, benefits, and satisfaction

  • Provide content ideas as needed

  • Promote best practices through various media channels

Composition

The Communications Committee should consists of:

  • No fewer than eight (8) members, each appointed for two years by the LITA Vice-President

  • One (1) Board Liaison

  • One (1) Staff Liaison

  • One (1) member of this committee will serve as liaison to the LITA Web Coordinating Committee

  • One (1) member of the Web Coordinating Committee shall be the Web Coordinating Committee's liaison to this committee

The LITA Vice-President will appoint one member as Committee Chair and one as Vice-Chair to a one (1) year term each year.

 

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Poll Which Emerging Leaders Project idea should we submit? See full ideas at: http://connect.ala.org/node/228607

by Cindi Blyberg on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 08:02 am
"Students at Conferences" Program
0% (0 votes)
Forum Planning accessibility and inclusivity guidelines
25% (2 votes)
"Virtual LITA" - how to make LITA about more than f2f
63% (5 votes)
Other - please see my awesome idea in the comments below!
0% (0 votes)
I have another idea, but I'll email the Board list by 10/2 4:00 PM EDT
0% (0 votes)
None. Sorry.
13% (1 vote)
Total votes: 8

Discussion Emerging Leaders: LITA Projects for 2015

by Cindi Blyberg on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 08:48 am

Hi, everyone!

Hi, everyone!

It's that time of year again!  We need to brainstorm, choose, write up, and submit one or more projects for the Emerging Leaders class of 2015 to choose from.  Any LITA project that we submit that is taken up by a team of ELs will require someone from the Board to act as sponsor.  I'm happy to do this until Annual 2015 (unless someone else is a better choice given our diverse expertise), but I will require one of you to volunteer to continue to shepherd the project through the rest of 2015, after the team presents findings and any recommendations to the Board.  Just stating up front that we want to set them up to succeed. ;)

Past projects have included:

  • evaluating online communications around conferences
  • re-branding for LITA
  • researching and writing a handbook for LITA leaders
  • investigating e-learning platforms
  • investigating experts database platforms

Here's where you come in:

  1. If you have ideas now, please share.
  2. Inquire with the committee with which you liaise--they may have ideas
  3. Ask around!

I look forward to reading your ideas!  

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