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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 Trainor 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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File Draft of 50th Anniversary Task Force Charge

by Rachel Vacek on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 01:55 pm

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File Draft Charge of Communications Committee

by Rachel Vacek on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 01:35 pm

DOCX File, 6.25 KB

Discussion LITA Board Meeting scheduled for August 15, 2014 (081514)

by Mary Taylor on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 04:22 pm

The agenda and most of the accompanying files have been posted to Connect at  http://connect.ala.org/file-manager/group/64647 .  The Financial Advisory Committee chair asked that I point out to you that a narrative report from FAC will accompany the spreadsheet that has been posted to Connect.

File LITA-Board_Meeting_Agenda_8-15-201492

by Mary Taylor on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 04:16 pm

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File LITA-Goals-for-June-2013-June-2015

by Mary Taylor on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 04:09 pm

DOCX File, 11.57 KB

File ALA-strategic-planning-process-6-20-14_0

by Mary Taylor on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 04:08 pm

PDF File, 97.96 KB

File LITA-Goals-for-June-2013-June-2015

by Mary Taylor on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 04:07 pm

File B2014-12--DraftFY2015

by Mary Taylor on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 04:07 pm

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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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