GODORT Steering Community
It's that time of year again: time to schedule GODORT meetings for Midwinter 2012. If you haven't already done so, please let me know if and when your committee or task force would like to meet at Midwinter. As a reminder, last year's schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/qsBDQO.
Please let me know your preferences by close of business Monday, September 26th.
Geoffrey D. Swindells
Head, Government and Geographic Information and Data Services
Interim Manager, Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2927 (Main)
(847) 491-3057 (SEL)
Just FYI, Steering decided to establish this task force at Midwinter, and like many things it fell by the wayside because of my family issues over these last few months. Thanks to Kirsten, we are back on track with a fairly limited charge:
The GODORT Online Learning Task Force will explore opportunities for the delivery of e-forums, webinars, online courses, and recorded webcasts on government information topics of interest to the GODORT membership and the broader library community, and report their findings to GODORT Steering at ALA Annual in 2011. The limited brief of this Task Force is to determine the types of support for online learning that can be expected from ALA, and to propose an organizational structure within GODORT to nurture, approve, promote, and sustain the Round Table's educational offerings. The information gathered by the Task Force should include, but is not limited to the following:
1. Use of the ALA Online Learning portal (http://www.ala.org/ala/onlinelearning)
2. ALA support for online registration, and payment (for fee-based online learning)
3. ALA support for hosting and preservation of educational content
4. Availability of ALA licensed learning technologies to create educational content
The Task Force will be chaired by the Assistant Chair of GODORT. Other members will include the chairs of GODORT Publications, Education, and GITCO committees or their designees, and the GODORT Treasurer.
It is no secret that Nominating has been having difficulties filling the slate. The most common reason for refusal (by a wide margin) has been that institutions are no longer funding two conferences a year.
I received this message from another ALA unit a few days ago:
The Instruction Section is looking for volunteers to serve as committee members and interns. You can see a list of all Instruction Committees at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/sections/is/committees/commiteecharges.cfm. Please choose several committees that would be of interest, then submit the Committee Volunteer form (http://www.ala.org/template.cfm?template=//cfapps/committee/volunteerform/volunteerform2.cfm&group1=acrl) by Tuesday, February 15.
Committee members are expected to attend meetings at ALA Annual Conference (Midwinter conference is now a virtual conference for all IS committees, so attendance is optional). Alternatively, you can volunteer to serve as a virtual member; virtual members participate fully in the work of the committee online and via telephone but are not expected to attend in-person meetings at conferences. You may indicate your preference to serve as a virtual member on the Committee Volunteer Form.
The Instruction Section also seeks interns to serve on all IS committees. Volunteering to serve as an intern is a great way to start getting involved with the Instruction Section. Interns participate fully in the work of the committee, and also have the following responsibilities:
- Take minutes of committee meetings and submit to committee chair and other committee members for review and approval.
- Submit final approved minutes to the IS Secretary.
- Update the committee web page with content from the committee chair.
- Participate in other assignments with the committee.
Interns are expected to attend committee meetings at ALA Annual conference. To volunteer to serve as an intern, please complete the Committee Volunteer Form, and also send an email to me directly (email@example.com) to express your interest in serving as an intern.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about serving on an IS committee. I look forward to hearing from you!
ACRL IS Vice-Chair, 2010-2011
This message struck me, because I believe that the Nominating committee is the canary in the coal mine. I think that we have passed the point where many members cannot attend two meetings a year and that we have failed to make clear provision for members who wish to be involved but do not have the disposable income or the institutional support to come to two conferences a year.
I believe that we need to create a way to have at least some of our MidWinter meeting virtually. I proposed one model for Task Forces. (A meeting via Connect a week prior to conference, with people in the group being deputized to move proposals forward at the Business Meeting at the physical conference) but if that is unworkable, or if it is deemed to fall short of what is needed, I think that we should come up with some plan to make virtual participation, not just an option (which would always be treated as a secondary option) but as the norm for most of the MidWinter meeting.
I received the following email from Louise Gruenberg. She needs to know which email forms need to be transitioned to the new platform and which can be deleted. Can anyone give me some advice?
Form mail (forms submitted to one or more e-mail addresses) will not be used on the new website as it is a security risk as well as a spam-magnet. Instead we will be migrating forms to database collection as we move the content management system from Collage to Drupal.
As part of the discovery process we are engaged in with our vendor, we are having units inform us of which of these can be retired, and which must be converted. Review the forms for your round table from the lists below and then return this e-mail to me indicating which of the forms should be kept and which can be deleted.
Use strike through text to indicate the item is no longer wanted.
Use bold text to indicate a keeper.
If at all possible, please return within the next 3 days. If I am not notified what to do with forms, it may slow the migration of your part of the site.
Apologies for those who know this but, as we are all relatively new to ALA Connect, I will share a tip that members of GODORT's Ad Hoc Committee on Communication noted.
When posting a message, check the node. For example, the GODORT Steering communityat http://connect.ala.org/node/73552 has 30 members who may receive notice of a posting. GODORT's main page in ALA Connect, http://connect.ala.org/node/14 should reach 738 members, which amounts to 708 additional people. Because this is true for committee nodes, the committee recommended setting up three discussions on the main GODORT node so the work of each task force would be accessible to all GODORT members.
For distribution beyond GODORT, remember that a person registered for an ALA meeting may post to the others registered for the meeting. For example, the ALA 2010 Annual Conference at http://connect.ala.org/node/98387 had 6611 members, a much larger audience than GODORT.
While we don't want to pester people with annoying postings, effective use of ALA Connect will help GODORT get its message out. Composing a message using a text editor and pasting it into Connect may avoid typos before producing a public notice.
Finally, for messages intended for the widest audience, be sure the check the "Public" box before pressing the "Submit" button.