GODORT Publications Committee (Government Documents Round Table) Committee
At Midwinter, we discussed the prospects for offering fee-based online training using no-fee software. GODORT's Education Committee and GITCO met jointly at Midwinter and Linda Spiro (Education) is interested in pursuing online training with Publications and GITCO. She asks if we would like to meet jointly with the other two committees at Annual to work out more details of what could be the new source of GODORT revenue (if handled correctly).
I see the Publications Committee role as ensuring that the overall quality is good before the GODORT name goes on it and shared Jim Church's observation that people will pay good money to learn skills that are hard to learn rather than those which are easy.
The draft schedule for Annual Conference isn't out yet, so I can't tell you what slots are available for meeting at this point. Does our committee want to meet jointly with these committees to facilitate discussion of online courses? I believe the model is that we'd share a room, meeting partly with the others and partly on our own.
Whether we meet jointly or not, online courses look to be a revenue source that we should explore. Is anyone interested in becoming our committee's lead representative in this exploration?
Should GODORT issue a decennial update to History of the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) of the American Library Association 1972-2002 for GODORT's fortieth anniversary in 2012? The original twenty year history was by Lois Mills. Her work was expanded to include the next decade by Larry Romans and Sandy Peterson. The book was published in 2002 by the Congressional Information Service, Inc. for the thirtieth anniversary of GODORT. Printed copies were distributed at no charge and a PDF of the history is available on the GODORT website.
Because they were the last authors of the GODORT history, I have sent Larry and Sandy messages via ALA Connect to confirm the copyright holder of the work and ask about their potential interest in updating the project. If they are not interested, other members may be recruited to help revise the history. The resulting work could be published as a PDF in the same way that the Occasional Papers are, incurring minimal costs to GODORT.
While an updated history would not generate revenue, GODORT members have expressed interest in the round table's history. This would compliment GODORT's oral history project. Because publications that require funding for distribution and reproduction (or for other expenses) must be approved by Publications Committee and by the Steering Committee, I am adding this topic as a "new business" item for our Midwinter meeting.
Our committee's draft minutes are now available. Members of Steering agreed that draft minutes are to be posted by February 1st, and approved within two weeks (by February 15th).
To participate, all committee members should review the minutes and post their comments to this ALA Connect discussion by February 1st. We can edit the minutes to reflect needed changes and will approve them by vote before the deadline. Thank you all for your participation.