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Recently Completed Activities

  • Committee member Freeman transitioned the WordPress theme for the GLBT News blog to a new responsive theme called Kassi. The new theme is optimized for display on phones, tablets, and the desktop.

Recent Activities

  • Worked with ALA Help Desk to correct the SEO title on the RT Elections page.
  • Worked with ALA Helpdesk to resolve error messages at the top of the blog tabs on the front page.

Recent Activities

  • Committee roster change: Lindsey Danis stepped down early from the committee. Replacing her is new committee member Jeremy Snell.
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Online Doc GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2010 Midwinter

by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:48 pm

The Website Committee recently finished a large update/conversion/migration process to:

  1. rework our existing ALA space and

  2. migrate all our content hosted on Keith Trimmer's work server over into our ALA domain

Keith was the RT's web committee (literally!) for many years and we thank him so much for all his support of the round table in terms of time, effort and monetary donations.

Our Guiding Questions:

The Website Committee recently finished a large update/conversion/migration process to:

  1. rework our existing ALA space and

  2. migrate all our content hosted on Keith Trimmer's work server over into our ALA domain

Keith was the RT's web committee (literally!) for many years and we thank him so much for all his support of the round table in terms of time, effort and monetary donations.

Our Guiding Questions:

  • What can be done to help non-members understand what the RT does?
  • What can be down to promote interest and entice people to join?
  • What can be down to create clear pathways to membership?
    • structure the site to express the RT's 'parts' and add new pages
  • What must be done to our code to bring it in line with accessibility standards?
    • lots of processing (removing formatting code and only using valid xhtml
    • applying consistent document structure with h1, h2, h3, p, for headings, paragraphs, etc.

Our Process:

  • We've restructured the site architecture to better express the 'parts' of our organization (nav bars, nests of pages).
  • We've mass-processed (using plain text editors and simple python text manipulation tools) tens of thousands of lines of code to make the markup code closer to standards compliant, valid xhtml.
    •  benefits of this processing:
      • our site is closely aligned with accessibility standards
      • migration to a future system will be very smooth and will require very little coding
      • our pages will transform smoothly for mobile devices
      • we can use CSS
  • We're using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to better space/indent generally articulate document structure of large documents such as our Bylaws.  (we're also committed to maintaining previous versions of our Bylaws, see the bottom of that page.)
  • We've added two nifty web forms (Committee volunteer & 40th Anniversary T-Shirt Sale Form)  Emails are coming soon about volunteering and our sale!
  • We're using the "right rail" on the home page to highlight current events and activities of the RT.
  • We're working on a Newsletter project to index past Newsletters as well as reprocess all of them so their contents are structured for accessibility purposes and be indexed by search engine crawlers.
  • We did a soft roll out of a Twitter account - we're sticking with it, keeping it vital.  Come follow at www.twitter.com/glbtrt
  • We're assessing other web 2.0 sites and considering scaling our web presence more broadly.
  • We've added a 40th Anniversary section to our site - more is coming to that space soon. Watch that space or our twitter account for updates and information.
  • The Committees page is meant to clarify our committees in one fast glance.  Note the web form link to volunteer.  (Most of the information on the Committee page is in our Bylaws but that document and it's language can be intimidating to newbies.)
  • Our Contacts page is being updated and lists all our committed volunteers and their contact information.
  • We've been experimenting with the Events & Meetings section.  Maintaining updated schedules and experimenting with embedded google map links to conference and meeting locations.  (A GLBTRT master calendar embed that you can sync with your person eCalendars is coming soon.)
  • Our new Fundraising page gives our Fundraising committee a home to express funding/support options to the organization as well as clear pathways to give money.  (Content here is coming soon)
  • Our Initiatives and Project page lists off all our ongoing work, short term projects and will list our future projects.
  • Our Membership page is meant to attract new members and provide a clear path to people and committees.
  • We've been maintaining our News page and will continue to do so.
  • We've done a complete migration from Keith's server to our domain of all the resources on the Popular Resources page.  This page will be restructured soon and we hope to add new Tool Kits soon.
  • Our own Rainbow Project has its official home in the GLBTRT space with its own nest of pages to express its work.
  • Our Social Networking page (antique name I know) lists our email lists as well as our other web 2.0 sites.
  • The Stonewall pages have gotten a revamp as well to bring them into consistent formatting with the rest of the site and remove extraneous code.
  • We've added a contact email for the website committee to the bottom of each page on our website.  Use that email address to note any problems you see with the site.  (We couldn't get an ala.org email account as they are transitioning to a new system and don't want to start more accounts)

Nothing is perfect and this site will never be but we promise to do our best.

Let us know your ideas, suggestions, comments, etc. off list at glbtrt@gmail.com

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/index.cfm>

David S. Vess
Amy Hribar
Gayle Keresey
Sara Marcus

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David S. Vess (GLBTRT Website Committee Chair)
Visiting IMLS Portal Librarian &
Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Administration
Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1301 West Springfield Avenue, 158
Urbana, Illinois 61801
vess@illinois.edu

 

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Online Doc GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2011 Midwinter

by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:48 pm

Submitted, 22 December, 2010

Contacts Page Updates Requested

Check your contact information on the GLBTRT Contacts page.  Ask your committee members to verify their information.  Is the email listed on this your preferred email for ALA business?  Send in changes to glbtrt@gmail.com.  In the coming months, the Committee and Contacts pages will somehow be merged.  More will be forth coming about this.

Submitted, 22 December, 2010

Contacts Page Updates Requested

Check your contact information on the GLBTRT Contacts page.  Ask your committee members to verify their information.  Is the email listed on this your preferred email for ALA business?  Send in changes to glbtrt@gmail.com.  In the coming months, the Committee and Contacts pages will somehow be merged.  More will be forth coming about this.

Blogs

During September 2010, the original GLBTRT blog was migrated to ALA's upgraded, in-house WordPress platform.  The content of the original GLBTRT blog was parsed into two blogs: the GLBT Reviews blog and the GLBTRT News blog.  The original GLBTRT blog’s contents warranted the creation of two.  Since we hope to promote our reviews beyond our membership (thus the name GLBT Reviews and not GLBTRT Reviews), it was best to extract information that was oriented for GLBTRT / ALA members.  The extracted items logically warranted / fit into a GLBTRT News blog.  The Over the Rainbow Project (OTR) blog was also migrated into the ALA hosted system just after Annual 2010 from their wordpress.com blog.

On the GLBT Reviews blog, the posts (about 130at the time) all contained character encoding problems that resulted in question mark glyphs in place of all quote, apostrophe and question marks.  Over Summer 2010, all posts on the reviews blogs where edited to repair these charactering encoding problems.  Since traffic on GLBT Reviews is increasing, all previous posts will be reprocessed: add consistently sized cover art; clean up other minor formatting issues; add carefully selected WorldCat record link.   More about WorldCat links is shared in the WorldCat link section below.  A worthwhile future project for website committee and reviewers to undertake is the addition of all reviews ever written in the Newsletter to be added to GLBT Reviews.  The completion of the Newsletter archive project, noted below will facilitate this possible project.

The hard work on the blogs as paid off in terms of hits (views).   Google Analytics (GA) was tested on GLBT Reviews beginning in September.  It will be implemented on the News and the Over the Rainbow List.  The following numbers are small but we are in the early days of our web presence nodes rising up in search engine results lists.  Note that the following numbers do include the reviews editor and the web committee working on the site.  GA’s  feature to block certain IP address is not working and it will not be fixed soon.  We are investigating a tool to use GA that will add IP address blocking.  At worse case, the reviews editor and web committee members account for about 100 hits.

 Brief Statistics for GLBT Reviews (September to mid-December 2010):

  • The blog had 810 visits with a total of 1,812 page views
  • There’s a total of about 535 unique visitors coming to the blog
  • Every month, about half of the visitors are new
  • Average time spent on the site per visit is 3 minutes and 22 seconds
  • Search Engines account for leading 424 or (51.90%) of our visitors to us
  • Referring Sites account for leading 215 or (26.32%) of our visitors to us
  • Direct Traffic (bookmarks) account for 178 or (21.79%) of our visitors to us
  • 817 visits came from 43 countries/territories

The following is a snap shot of the top 10 countries sorted by Average time spent on the site.

Country/Territory

Visits

Pages /Visit

Avg. Time on Site

% New Visits

Taiwan

1

9

0:12:53

100.00%

South Africa

12

2.67

0:07:51

66.67%

United States

657

2.41

0:03:54

64.23%

Mexico

2

1.5

0:02:21

100.00%

Austria

2

3

0:02:10

100.00%

Turkey

1

2

0:02:09

100.00%

Canada

27

1.67

0:01:41

85.19%

Togo

1

2

0:01:18

100.00%

Croatia

2

2

0:01:14

100.00%

 

The hard work on the blogs, and lacing the web presence together has also paid off in terms of search engine results.  Searches for Over the Rainbow books (trade out ‘books’ with: list, book list, etc), all fair well in being on the first page of results.  Searches for GLBT Reviews, LGBT Reviews, etc . also fair well.  Searching for LGBT Reviews, results in our blog coming in second right after Gay & Lesbian Review.  Note these searches are done without quotes.

In the coming months every effort will be made to get our award lists, reviews, and book lists to be in the first page of results on searches for book titles and/or authors.  Google searches for book titles and authors have already lead people to GLBT Reviews; without much search engine optimization (SEO).  As noted above, search engines account for leading 424 or (51.90%) of our visitors to the reviews blog.  Note also that the traffic from search engines almost always means the person is a new visitor.  The following is the top twenty searches (of 189) performed in search engines, which lead people to GLBT Reviews.  Starting with the 21st search, all the queries lead to one visit.

Keyword

Visits

Pages/Visit

Avg. Time on Site

% New Visits

Visits

lgbt

48

1.041667

20.29167

0

48

glbt round table newsletter queer hauntings

8

11.5

2078.875

0

8

best gay fiction 2010

5

2

48.2

1

5

freaks and revelations

5

2.8

626.6

0.6

5

best gay book

4

4

1341.75

0.5

4

porn comic laura gunn up to date

3

1

213.6667

0.333333

3

joyce meggett""

2

1

0

1

2

best gay male fiction 2010

2

1.5

11.5

1

2

black gay men stories

2

1

0

0.5

2

chica busca chica

2

1.5

39

1

2

firooz and his brother by alex jeffers analysis

2

1.5

132.5

1

2

gay romance

2

1

0

1

2

gay speculative fiction

2

1

0

1

2

girl seeks girl

2

1

0

1

2

jennings plato and paul

2

1.5

282

0.5

2

plato or paul by jennings

2

1

0

1

2

plato or paul the origins of western homophobia review

2

1

0

1

2

reviews dictionary of homophobia, the: a global history of gay and lesbian experience

2

1

0

0.5

2

transgender explained for those who are not

2

1

0

1

2

 

To meet the goal of our award lists, reviews, and book lists to be in the first page of results on searches for book titles and/or authors, a collection of terms is already being complied in the website committee’s ALA Connect space <>.  Over the coming months, more terms will be gathered from the GLBTRT community that will be used to apply search engine optimization techniques to all the main nodes of the round table website (each link in the left navigation bar is a node on the site) as well as the GLBTRT blogs.  There’s a number of SEO pluging for WordPress that will be investigated.< />

David of the Website Committee will be attending SEO training in an online course offered by ALA on January 20 and 27.  Techniques learned will be immediately applied to the GLBTRT web presence.

It is recommended that any new GLBTRT blogs should be developed in the ALA hosted WordPress this platform because:

  • ALA staff will always have access to these sites/accounts so the round table will never lose;
  • access in cases where one person happens to be the only admin, and they drop out of contact;
  • ALA is paying for this service, they host it on their servers;
  • There is support available from ALA staff;
  • Having round table blogs in the ala.org domain has assured that search engines send our blogs, and their individual entries, up in search results.  Additionally, having this web presence (website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) all interlinking only adds to our "lightness factor" in search engine results.  Ultimately, this will lead to a powerful platform to share resources we develop as they will be discovered by people;
  • URLs will professional, they will be uniform (this also helps our lightness factor);
    • glbtrt.ala.org/reviews
    • glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow
    • glbtrt.ala.org/news

 

WorldCat Permalinks Project

Currently, all titles in the Stonewall Book Award List and Over the Rainbow Book List are linked to WorldCat records.  All reviews published since Summer 2010 on GLBT Reviews are linked to WorldCat records.  As noted above in the Blogs section, all GLBT Reviews posts prior to Summer 2010, will be processed in the following manner: add consistently sized cover art; clean up other minor formatting issues; add carefully selected WorldCat record link.  Since this processing needed to happen anyway, it is easy to add a link to WorldCat.  Links to all Rainbow Project titles will also be gathered and shared with the Rainbow Project blog manager.

These links allow the user to see a particular title in libraries (who participate in WorldCat) near them, as well as provide links to purchase the books from several vendors.  In cases where WorldCat has multiple records, (ebooks and other reasons) the record linked to is carefully chosen   While this is not a perfect solution, it does get people closer to finding a book they might be interested in.

 

Social Networking

Integration

Our social networking presence is continuing to flourish. As we have added accounts to different social networking sites the need to streamline account maintenance by a single person became critical. Hootsuite allows us to instantly share or schedule updates to our Facebook Page, Twitter and MySpace accounts at one time, in one place.  Additionally, Hootsuite has been configured to monitor the RSS feeds of all the GLBTRT blogs and the ALA PR office’s GLBTRT feed.  Any time a post is made to the blogs or a story about the GLBTRT is in American Libraries, a notification will be posted automatically to our Facebook Page, Twitter and MySpace.  Hootsuite also allows for multiple accounts and project/task assignments.  In November HootSuite went from a free to pay model.  All the services that the website committee relied on for free for about a year now cost $5.99 per month.  The free account will not allow the number of feeds the application monitors and number of networking sites it can post to.  David is paying for the costs of Hootsuite.

GLBTRT Feeds on Website

Long term, the goal is to combine all RSS feeds of all our blogs and social networking pages have updates (no duplicates) appear dynamically in one feed on the GLBTRT’s home page as seen on the LITA website.  Rough tests of such a feature are being tested now on the main GLBTRT page as well as the GLBTRT News page.

LibraryThing (LT)

Maintaining a presence in LT does require some hands-on work of web committee members but the results are worth the time.

  • Generally promotes LGBTQ titles in LT
  • promotes the GLBTRT's Stonewall Book Award books, List books and Reviewed books through using consistent tags to identify books by award, list and review tags in LT
  • Using LT means that we can do nice things with the covers of books

Another reason for the round table to explore using LT is to explore the maintaining a complete LGBTQ title collection within LT.  LT can allow for a collection of more than 10K, with special consideration on their part.  They are very willing to work with us on anything.  Potential for this will be explore before Annual 2011.

Currently all the titles of Stonewall Book Award winners and Over the Rainbow Project are in our LibraryThing collection.   (Once the final Over the Rainbow list is released, the titles will stay in the collection but they will not be tagged Over the Rainbow Book List.)  Adding new titles is now very easy.  Import happens automatically when a text file containing delimited ISBNs or ISSNs is uploaded to LibraryThing’s import page.  In the future, if all the GLBTRT lists contain an ISBN, titles can be added to the LibraryThing collection very easily.

Timeliness is important to maintaining a presence in LibraryThing.  We will have a maintenance cycle on the website committee calendar to add titles to LibraryThing after the release of:

  • Stonewall Award winner and honor books
  • books added to Rainbow Project and Over the Rainbow lists
  • book reviews

Profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/GLBTRT

For more information see the GLBTRT Website Committee’s workspace devoted to LibraryThing: http://connect.ala.org/node/100505

Facebook Migration & Consolidation

At the end of December 2011 the GLBTRT Facebook Group was deleted.  Messages about this were sent out to the Group community with no response on 14 May and 14 December 2011.  Pictures from the group have been saved and will be added to the FB Page.

The message sent was at follows:

Subject:  Midwinter Meeting Events & Deletion of FB Group

Midwinter Meeting Schedule:
Find the GLBTRT’s Midwinter Meeting schedule and meeting documents on the GLBTRT’s Events & Meetings page. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/events/index.cfm The schedule has meeting venue names and room numbers as well as Google Maps links to locations. Our Midwinter Meeting events are also on our Facebook Page’s events calendar: www.facebook.com/GLBTRT

Deletion of our FB Group:
Please join our Facebook Page at facebook.com/GLBTRT. Our Group page (through which you are getting this message) will be shut down in about a week in favor of our FB Page.

Advantages of a "page" over a "group":

* Having that nifty custom url of facebook.com/GLBTRT is a great reason (can’t have that with a group);

* We need one presence on FB so members of both the Page and Group don't get hit with the same messages and event notifications;

* Maintaining one page and adding events will be simpler. For instance, our Midwinter events are being loaded dynamically from a master calendar that I’m keeping. This is not possible for in a Group;

* We can use our Page to link to others pages as "favorites" (such as ours and the SLA's LGBT Group Page and many other great glbtq organizations we’ve connected with already on our Page);

*We can spread our “Like” button all over our web presence, further promoting our organization and lgbtq literature;

* We can add applications to your page such as RSS feed tools. (this is a huge bonus for me since I use Hootsuite to automatically update our FB Page, Twitter account, etc. We can also generate a wall story automatically on our FB Page anytime one of our three blogs is updated. Not possible in a Group.)

* We can gather (anonymous) demographic information about the users who visit your page, even seeing the number of views of individual wall posts are viewed;

* We could advertise our Facebook Page if we wanted;

* We will still have the same functionality to create discussion threads, upload photos, and create events;

* When you do create events you can specify which regions you want it advertised to (For example, if you have an event in NYC you can send out an update to only users that are in that region);

* You have much more freedom to provide information about your organization with customization features not offered on a Group page. Explore company FB Pages for all the ideas how our Page can be customized;

* If you want to upload videos you can simply add the YouTube application instead of having to upload them to Facebook itself (this way you can link to videos on YouTube that you don't have rights to);

There are tons of reasons why we need to do this. The above are just a few. I’ll make sure to save all our images and migrate them to our flickr account or save them on our Page.

Best,
David S. Vess, GLBTRT Website Committee

 

Meeting Documents (current and past)

The Website Committee is still looking for past meeting agendas and minutes to post on the website. These minutes and agendas are well-structured documents processed with rich metadata and structure to make them accessible as well as easy to read. These templates (based off of models from formats in Alice Sturgis’ The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Edition, as well as Robert’s Rules of Order ) are located on the Events & Meetings page.

If you have agendas and minutes we are missing on the above page, please email us at glbtrt@gmail.com.

Current and Past Minutes/Agendas: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/events/index.cfm
Minutes/Agenda Processing Workflow: http://connect.ala.org/node/106540

Newsletters Project

For the complete explanation of the Newsletter project see the GLBTRT Website Committee's space on ALA Connect halfway down the page under the heading Newsletter Indexing / Digitizing.
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During September 2010, photocopies of another batch of the GLTF; GLBTF and GLBTRT Newsletters were made.  They were then scanned and processed in to pdf files.  The scanning and processing workflows are complex, but well documented.  The scanning and processing work flows will soon be published in a doc to the website committee’s Connect space.  To date, eleven more newsletters have been added to the newsletter archive.

Over the Spring/Summer 2010 a thorough search of WorldCat was performed for iterations of our newsletter.  All libraries holding our newsletter were contacted to:

  • verify holdings (holdings information was not always listed (or accurate)in libraries' catalogs);
  • request they change their "e-holdings" records (shared by many libraries), to point to our current newsletter page, not the defunct but still live newsletter page on the previous committee chair's server space

The result of this 'census' of holdings in U.S. libraries is the spreadsheet created in the glbtrt@gmail.com account.  It is publically available here:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AoVy9qIMXhvRdDBtV0tlTEllcjd2U3V...

In the coming month, batches of Newsletters are coming from the University of Minnesota.  Website Committee member, Amy Hribar, who works at UM, has facilitated this request for copies of the following newsletters from her Library.

  • v.1:no.1-2 (1988:spring-fall);
  • v.1:no.3 (1988:fall);
  • v.2:no.3-4 (1990:spring-summer);
  • v.3:no.1/2(1?)  1990:fall/1991:winter;
  • v.3:no.3  1991:fall;
  • v.3:no.3/4(2?)  1991:spring/summer;
  • v.3:no.4  1991:winter;
  • v.3:no.3-4 (1991:fall-winter);
  • v.4:no.1-4 (1992:spring-winter)
  • v.5:no.1-2 (1993:spring-summer)
  • v.9:no.1-2 (1997:spring-summer),
  • v.9:no.4 (1997:winter),
  • v.10:no.4 (1998),
  • v.11:no.2-4 (1999:summer-winter),
  • v.12 (2000)
  • v.13:no.1(2001)-v.18:no.3(2006) (missing vol.18 no.4)
  • v.19:no.2(2007)-v.19:no.4(2007) (missing vol.19 no.1)

 

If these Newsletters arrive in late December or January, they will be scanned, processed and posted in the Newsletter Archive by March or April 2011.

Upon receiving all these newsletters, scans will immediately be made and shared with committee member, Sara, who will proceed with her GLBTRT Newsletter indexing project.  As noted above, both scanning and processing work flows will soon be published in a doc to the website committee’s Connect space.

After this phase of the project is completed, posts about the remaining, missing issues will be consistently made on the Newsletter site, in the Newsletter, Facebook, etc. about the missing issues we will still need.

Work flows being documented:

  • scanner settings
  • image to pdf settings
  • processing in Adobe Acrobat Professional
    • (structure, metadata, OCR processing, file size processing)

 

Committee Roster

  • Amy Hribar, 2009-2011
  • Kenneth M. Kozel, 2010-2012
  • Sara Marcus, 2009-2011
  • David S. Vess, 2009-2011 (Chair)

Respectfully Submitted,
David S. Vess

 

 

Agenda Items

Jason, Anne and Dale, I leave it to you all to decide on if the following will be agenda items.  I think we can all talk about these issues on the email list after Midwinter.  You all decide.

  • Bibliography format that all lists should use
  • Welcome message issued when subscribing to the GLBTRT email list
  • Opening SC email list to anyone read or post to

Notes for Agenda Items

For these items I will bring copies of documentation (the ALA Connect page linked below) and make the following points and see what SC decides.  No need to add the below to the actual agenda.

  • Citation format
    • All lists of bibliographic information must be in a consistent format
      • Hits on our resources is growing
      • Is there a traditional format that ALA groups normally use?
      • Supply an ISBN one space after each citation in the following manner:
        • [citation] ISBN: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
        • Welcome Message
          • Welcome message background here: http://connect.ala.org/node/119019
          • Welcome message could be done outside of SC meetings with Membership Promo Comm., Fundraising Comm. and Secretary maybe?
          • I propose to open the SC email list to anyone who wants to subscribe; just like our membership list.  Benefits:
            • people not on the list can email the SC (messages just bounce now) ;
            • No maintenance will be required as the person subscribing can manage their subscription on their own per the easy directions posted on the GLBTRT’s Social Networking page;
            • eliminates the need to decide who is on and not on the list;
            • this approach will mirror ALA’s open meeting policy if we consider the email list a forum in which to conduct round table business in (I suppose?).

 

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by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:48 pm

GLBTRT Procedure Manual

GLBTRT Procedure Manual

David and Bylaw & Procedure Manual Ad hoc Committee members (Peter Hepburn and Michael Dello Iacono) have been working on the Procedure Manual (PM).  Since documenting responsibilities is challenging, it was decided to approach this work in stages.  Stage 1 is for listing descriptive titles of all officer or committee responsibilities.  Stage 1 requests were sent to officers and committee chairs on the Steering Committee (SC) email list on June 4, with a 7/11 deadline.   The request included an example of the Reviews sub-committee PM entry.   Stage 2 will be for providing instructions (workflow) to accomplish all officer or committee responsibilities.  The Stage 2 deadline is set for 8/8.  The PM will be open for viewing in late Summer or Early Fall.

David set up the GLBTRT Procedure Manual (PM) in Google Sites in March and began sketching out the Web Committee section.  The PM for Web Committee will be done by the end of Annual.  All committee responsibilities are organized in high (necessary) tasks and low priority tasks.  All have workflows. 

Newsletter Scanning Project

To date, we believe we have all our organization’s newsletters.  Our inventory is from Worldcat holdings data.  All have been gathered, scanned, processed and posted on the GLBTRT Newsletter webpage by David.  Copies came from members, and libraries.  We have issues from 1988 to the present now on the site.  Lindsey, a new Web Committee member, is going through our Newsletter inventory verifying we have all copies noted in Worldcat.  We will continue to maintain language on the Newsletter webpage soliciting copies, in case there are more issues.

Newsletter Index Project

An anonymous member of the GLBTRT Web Committee is working on a comprehensive index of the GLBTRT Newsletter.  The index work began a few months ago, after we had all Newsletters known to exist.  The index will include the following lists:

  • author of article (almost-completed)
  • title of article (or collocated by my own created title) (almost-completed)
  • author of book review (almost-completed)
  • author of book reviewed (almost-completed)
  • title of book reviewed (almost-completed)
  • publisher of book reviewed (almost-completed)
  • subject headings for articles (Next year, needs a few people to help with some GLBTRT history)

 

The subject index will require that the indexer have access to a few GLBTRT members who are familiar with round table history.  We may solicit more volunteers on the member email list.  If interested, let us know at glbtrt@gmail.com.

GLBTRT News

GLBTRT News is a blog has been maintained as a low priority by Web Committee.  Its purpose is to share brief news items about the round table (or issues round table members would be interested in) between releases of the GLBTRT Newsletter.  The blog has an entry in the Web Committee’s section of the PM and it is administered in collaboration with the Newsletter Committee.  When Newsletter Committee has enough members, one or all of them, could take on keeping the blog updated.  Web Committee has a designated Blog Administrator who administers all round table blogs but isn’t responsible for content.

This blog exists because it was inherited.  From 2007 to Summer 2010, the blog was called ‘GLBT-RT.’ In Summer 2010 it was migrated to the new URL, given a new name, and new theme.  The previous version of the blog contained round table news and book/media reviews from the Newsletter.  The reviews from this blog were all exported, and then removed.  The exported reviews seeded the GLBT Reviews blog.

GLBTRT Website

There have been no major changes to the website in the last year except that book covers are now displaying from the GLBTRT LibraryThing collection.  The covers from titles on the Over the Rainbow and Rainbow Books lists are displaying on their website landing pages.

The website was ready to migrate into ALA’s new content management system a year ago.  The round table was slated to be one of the first to migrate into the new system in May.   It may happen before Annual.  Membership and SC will be informed when the migration happens.  We are waiting to hear about the new migration time frame. 

Analytic Data

This is new territory for the round table.  I will become an important tool for measuring the popularity of our resources.  We have 3 sources of analytic data: the GLBTRT Google Analytics account tracks use of all our blogs and new procedure manual; ALA’s Google Analytics account tracks use of our ALA website; Facebook has its own analytic data called Facebook Insights.

Analytic Data: GLBTRT Blogs

Since they were set up last Summer, three of the GLBTRT blogs (GLBT Reviews, Over the Rainbow and GLBTRT News) have ran Google Analytics.  (See both the reports from the Reviews Subcommittee and Over the Rainbow Books Committee for their impressive and exciting blog traffic data.)  The Rainbow Books blog was just migrated into the ALA blog system a few months ago.  There’s not enough data to warrant a report at this time.  The GLBTRT News blog has been tended to informally by David over the last year.  No use data is being reported at this time but traffic appeared robust in spite of being on a soft roll out.  See the above section on GLBTRT News for more about the future of this blog.

Analytic Data: GLBTRT Website

David set the round table website up in the ALA content management system in the Fall of 2009.  Prior to that time, the site was hosted on the work server of the committee’s previous chair.  The ALA Google Analytics account has captured user-behavior on the website since December 2009.  (Web Committee Members have access to this account to generate reports developed by David.)

om December 2009 to June 2011:

  • There were a total of 38,966 visits[i] to the site, 30,111 unique visitors, with a total of 84,024 pageviews, and 66,895 unique pageviews.
  • October 2010 was our busiest month over the last 19 months.  During that month we had 5,065 visits; 4,406 unique visitors; and 6,963 unique page views.  The Speaking OUT Against Bullying resource was released October 7, 2011.  There were 734 visits to the site that day.  The resource was publicized by: an ALA press release, mention in American Libraries, the GLBTRT member email list, and the round table’s social networking presence.  The Bullying resource was the 4th most visited page on our site in this 19 month time, period but has only been up for 9 months.  More about the most visited pages is explained in the below table, “Most Visited Pages on GLBT Round Table Website.”
  • January 2011 was the second most active month during the last 19 months because news hit the press about the new Stonewall children’s book award.  The release of both the Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow book lists also attracted a great deal of attention.  That month saw 3,846 visits, 3,167 unique visits, 8,383 pageviews and 6,437 unique pageviews.[ii]  The Stonewall story was picked up by the New York Times, National Public Radio and many other newspapers and blogs.  On January 10, 2011 we had 579 visits.  For a snap shot of the attention Stonewall and our book lists has gotten, see the GLBTRT News blog entry, 2011 GLBTRT Stonewall Awards & Book Lists Garner Attention.
  • Over this 19 month time period, the site received 2,000 to 3,000 visits per month.  (December 2009, April and May 2011 are the only outliers with 715; 111; and 61 visits respectively.)
  • The 38,966 visits (30,111 unique visits) over the last 19 months, came from 149 countries with the most being from the United States.  The top ten countries are listed in the following table.  Many countries in the top ten are not known for being hospitable for LGBTQ people: Côte d’Ivoire, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, China, India and Indonesia.

Top 10 Countries, visits to the GLBT Round Table website,  from December 2009 to June 2011

Country

Visits

Unique Visitors

Page Views

Unique Page Views

Pages Per Visit

Time on Site

Avg. Time on Site

United States

31,432

23,311

72,571

56,964

2.31

1189:33:52

0:02:16

Canada

1,141

925

2,600

2,016

2.28

32:18:11

0:01:42

Côte d’Ivoire

581

567

665

636

1.15

5:16:26

0:00:33

United Kingdom

552

490

1,010

850

1.83

10:23:20

0:01:08

Saudi Arabia

374

368

396

382

1.06

0:26:15

0:00:04

Nigeria

340

319

371

354

1.09

4:45:28

0:00:50

China

277

153

362

327

1.31

3:40:23

0:00:48

India

259

247

327

289

1.26

3:04:27

0:00:43

Indonesia

255

243

280

267

1.1

0:37:08

0:00:09

Australia

202

179

379

311

1.87

3:28:24

0:01:02

 

  • The top source of traffic to our site was search engines.[iii]  While the rest of the traffic sources got considerably less numbers, they are important to note.  They suggest the following are all helpful in marketing our resources and name: posts on other blogs; using social media; consistent branding/links on all round table blogs/sites.  It’s interesting to note that the Rainbow Books blog directed slightly more traffic to our site than the New York Times story on the Stonewall children’s award did.  Wikipedia is also an interesting source of traffic for our site.  The explanation for this as well as a possible future work regarding Wikipedia are noted in the below section “Future Web Committee Work. “

Sources of Visits to the GLBT Round Table Website, from December 2009 to June 2011

Source

Visits

Unique Visitors

Page Views

Unique Page Views

Pages Per Visit

Time on Site

Avg. Time on Site

google

15,449

12,305

35,615

28,384

2.31

568:11:09

0:02:12

(direct) (bookmarks, etc)

7,020

5,760

14,061

11,343

2

204:10:05

0:01:45

search

4,641

3,856

10,414

8,173

2.24

155:21:38

0:02:00

en.wikipedia.org

730

688

1,618

1,309

2.22

22:49:11

0:01:52

bing

704

610

1,760

1,281

2.5

28:15:06

0:02:24

facebook.com

655

558

1,107

973

1.69

13:23:36

0:01:14

yahoo

582

506

1,177

919

2.02

16:24:14

0:01:41

ask

461

446

545

507

1.18

1:58:09

0:00:15

americanlibrariesmagazine.org

279

236

575

441

2.06

9:38:08

0:02:04

glbtrt.ala.org

225

161

576

437

2.56

12:33:37

0:03:21

twitter.com

204

137

857

500

4.2

29:34:03

0:08:42

faculty.washington.edu

201

186

443

312

2.2

6:10:56

0:01:50

rainbowlist.wordpress.com

191

164

482

401

2.51

8:26:46

0:02:39

google.com

187

171

282

245

1.51

3:03:55

0:00:59

nytimes.com

181

170

392

276

2.16

2:32:45

0:00:50

calvin.usc.edu

166

160

375

299

2.26

3:59:24

0:01:26

aol

147

144

222

187

1.51

1:49:35

0:00:45

connect.ala.org

136

86

402

320

2.95

7:50:55

0:03:27

warriorlibrarian.com

134

134

178

151

1.33

1:07:03

0:00:30

ala.org

130

83

260

228

1.99

3:44:13

0:01:43

 

  • The below are the 47 most visited pages on the site.  Top is our home page which is often the top search engine link.  Next are the Stonewall landing page; the Stonewall list page; and the Speaking OUT against Bullying page.  The below data will soon be used for a proposal concerning our Popular Resources page since they figure so prominently in this list but are never maintained.

Most Visited Pages on GLBT Round Table Website, from December 2009 to June 2011

Page

Page Views

Pages Per Visit

Time on Page

Avg. Time on Page

/glbtrt/index.cfm

17,806

1.3

245:18:10

0:01:34

/glbtrt/stonewall/index.cfm

7,717

2.01

85:22:19

0:01:00

/glbtrt/stonewall/honored/index.cfm

7,690

4.63

152:25:17

0:02:38

/glbtrt/popularresources/bullying.cfm

4,617

1.48

67:29:01

0:03:09

/glbtrt/stonewall/stonewallbook.cfm

4,521

1.37

51:55:44

0:01:21

/glbtrt/contacts/index.cfm

3,097

2.45

60:53:16

0:03:16

/glbtrt/rainbow/index.cfm

2,860

5.7

51:03:22

0:01:33

/glbtrt/popularresources/index.cfm

2,783

8.9

34:22:36

0:00:55

/glbtrt/rainbow/bibliographies.cfm

2,489

1.73

39:39:16

0:03:02

/glbtrt/news/index.cfm

2,184

4.33

42:44:24

0:01:57

/glbtrt/events/index.cfm

1,992

5.53

34:03:56

0:01:44

/glbtrt/committees/index.cfm

1,951

8.65

24:04:07

0:00:56

/glbtrt/socialnetworking/index.cfm

1,781

4.04

33:25:01

0:02:07

/glbtrt/initiatives/index.cfm

1,287

20.8

16:32:07

0:00:56

/glbtrt/news/newsletters/index.cfm

1,135

3.38

27:20:27

0:02:44

/glbtrt/membership/index.cfm

1,043

17.48

17:47:19

0:01:21

/glbtrt/

979

1.32

12:30:33

0:01:53

/glbtrt/bylaws/index.cfm

853

8.21

23:33:56

0:02:26

/glbtrt/40th/tshirt.cfm

841

1.99

8:58:25

0:01:36

/glbtrt/programs/index.cfm

835

4.61

11:26:55

0:01:18

/glbtrt/welcomeglbtround.cfm

708

1.13

7:09:09

0:02:07

/glbtrt/committees/form.cfm

695

2.3

24:12:09

0:04:06

/glbtrt/popularresources/religion3.cfm

648

1.57

10:15:01

0:03:46

/glbtrt/stonewall/history/index.cfm

641

10.36

11:33:48

0:01:23

/glbtrt/popularresources/overtherainbow.cfm

606

3.43

12:19:10

0:02:08

/glbtrt/popularresources/religion.cfm

594

1.37

3:42:28

0:01:28

/glbtrt/stonewall/awardcommittee/bookawardcommittee.cfm

574

6.19

13:01:06

0:02:16

/glbtrt/40th/index.cfm

562

10.6

4:17:52

0:00:33

/glbtrt/elections/index.cfm

560

3.34

11:09:43

0:02:00

/glbtrt/stonewall/procedures/

560

13

11:27:33

0:01:59

/glbtrt/popularresources/collection.cfm

552

3.36

9:29:03

0:01:39

/glbtrt/popularresources/teens.cfm

551

1.83

5:11:50

0:01:35

/glbtrt/popularresources/children.cfm

473

1.59

6:03:30

0:02:26

/glbtrt/otr/index.cfm

438

4.96

9:56:44

0:02:05

/glbtrt/popularresources/holocaust.cfm

432

1.44

4:02:48

0:01:55

/glbtrt/fundraising/index.cfm

403

13.04

4:33:47

0:00:49

/glbtrt/stonewall/

369

1.36

3:25:10

0:00:54

/glbtrt/popularresources/religion2.cfm

352

1.53

5:44:14

0:03:05

/glbtrt/popularresources/vocab.cfm

340

2.39

6:26:35

0:02:30

/glbtrt/stonewall/procedures/index.cfm

334

6.45

9:13:37

0:02:36

/glbtrt/popularresources/rainbowbib.cfm

316

1.7

7:21:03

0:03:26

/glbtrt/rainbow/procedures.cfm

271

7.45

4:05:15

0:01:14

/glbtrt/rainbow/history.cfm

250

10.81

3:08:52

0:00:55

/glbtrt/oversightgroups/index.cfm

247

1.15

0:56:06

0:01:22

/glbtrt/popularresources/rainbowchron.cfm

245

1.62

3:19:55

0:01:42

/glbtrt/stonewall/seal/index.cfm

222

11.82

2:37:38

0:00:55

/glbtrt/reviews/index.cfm

208

9.45

2:58:12

0:01:12

 

Analytic Data: Facebook Page Insights

One of the many reasons we moved from our Facebook Group to a Facebook Page is the user data captured by FB Insights.

om May 1, 2010 to June 6, 2011 we have gotten:

  • 493 Likes (Total number of people who have liked the Page.) (We reached 500 Likes as of 14 June!)
  • 38 Unlikes (Total number of Unlikes of Page)
  • 13 Unsubscribes (Total number of users who have hidden our Page’s News Feed)
  • 14,846 Daily Active Users (Total number of people who actively interacted with or viewed the Page or its posts daily. Includes interactions from Fans and non-Fans. (Unique Users))
  • 42,318 Weekly Active Users (Total number of people who actively interacted with or viewed the Page or its posts Weekly.  Includes interactions from Fans and non-Fans. (Unique Users))
  • 67,721 Monthly Active Users (Total number of people who actively interacted with or viewed the Page or its posts.  Includes interactions from Fans and non-Fans. (Unique Users))
  • 93,339 Daily Post Impressions (Total number of times our posts have appeared on someone’s screen.  These are potential views, but actual.)
  • 2,286 Daily Logged-in Page Views  (Daily Page Views from users logged into Facebook (Total Count, includes returning users))
  • 1,006 Daily Logged-in Page Views (Daily Page Views from users logged into Facebook (Unique Users))
  • 303 Daily Likes and Comments  (Daily The number of likes and comments made on News Feed posts on Page. (Total Count))
  • A sample of 15 Posts from 5/24-6/9 revealed that the average Impressions per post on our Page is 435; Total Impressions: 6,527  (Note that impressions are the number of times our posts have been rendered on someone’s screen.  These are potential views, not actual.)

Web Committee Members

The committee consists of three new members who volunteered in the last few months.  One member is returning and must remain anonymous.  Jorge Perez is taking on the regular responsibilities of processing and posting new Newsletters and being the Blog Administrator of all GLBTRT blogs.  Lindsey Danis is currently working on the GLBTRT Feed; editing all the text on the GLBTRT website; verifying we have all iterations of the GLBTRT Newsletter posted on our site.  Caitlin Shanley has just finished updating all the old posts on the GLBT Reviews blog that lacked book cover images, Worldcat permalinks, and consistent formatting.  She will be doing a little bit of everything in her two year term.  She is also being recommended to be the incoming chair of the Web Committee.  Jorge, Lindsey and Caitlin will take training for the new content management system when it becomes available.  Since the new system is not live, training won’t happen until late Summer or Fall.  Our anonymous member will only be working on the Newsletter indexing project and expects to finish all indexes noted above in the coming month.  The one exception is the Subject index may take up to a year to complete.

Future Web Committee Work

Web Committee has plenty of Priority Tasks that must be attended to and Non Essential task on its wish list.  The following are a mix of Priority and possible Non-Essential Tasks.

Ongoing Tasks in Procedure Manual (Priority)

The members will need to see to the ongoing committee responsibilities listed in the PM.   The generalities are listed on the main Web Committee page of the PM.  Specific tasks/projects and assignments are noted on the Web Committee Tasks page in the PM.

Website (Priority)

When the round table site migrates to the new content management system, round table membership and leadership will be informed.  All Web Committee members will take the content management training when it is available this Summer or Fall.  Some decision should be made (and documented in the PM) about assigning website update responsibilities among all members or just one or two members.  A few website update duties happen on a cycle.  They are documented in the procedure manual:  ALA Elections require web updates three times per year; posting Stonewall books and book lists after every ALA Midwinter Meeting; updates to committee rosters could happen once per month on a certain day until we make rosters display dynamically from ALA’s database.

The website’s Contacts and Committees pages should be merged.  Maintaining the static Contacts page by hand in accessible tables is time-consuming and error-prone.   The committee rosters should be automatically generated from ALA’s database.  There is an include file which will do this in the content management system.  When this is adopted, committee membership will have to be regularly shared with our ALA Staff liaison Elliot Mandel, as he updates our committee membership in the ALA database.  (This same database drives access to spaces in ALA Connect.  Only members of a committee can use a committee space in Connect.  They can only do that if their committee membership is updated in the database. )

In the coming year, formal charges for all committees will need to be drafted.  These should be shared on the site.  The current committee descriptions, on the Committee page, is written by David with help from committee members over and the language from previous versions of the Bylaws.

The top-level architecture of our website will change.  That is, the navigation buttons will be changed to conform to a set of buttons issued by ALA for all round tables to use.  This will happen in the coming months.   The Web Committee will have to fold in the existing round table architecture into this new set of buttons/architecture.

Google Analytics on website and blogs; Facebook Insights (Priority)

This is a new endeavor for the Web Committee and hopefully it can continue to be maintained and reported on and used to drive future development.

Possible Future Work of Web Committee

Wikipedia Stonewall Awards + Round Table History (possible Non-Essential task to add)

Wikipedia ranks as the fourth largest source of traffic to our website by leading 730 visits to our site from December 2009 to June 2011. (Google was top, with 15,449 visits.)   This is happening because searches for the Stonewall Book Awards often yield the Wikipedia page above our own Stonewall pages.  The Wikipedia page is a copy of all information on our pages.  This is a direct violation of Wikipedia policy however, I (David) have chosen to not scale the Wikipedia page back, or flag it, because it offers many links to Wikipedia pages about authors, publishers and even Wikipedia pages about books.  For example, our first award winner, Patience and Sarah, has its own Wikipedia page.  Our own Stonewall page cannot offer all these features.  One feature our page does have is Worldcat permalinks for every title; a feature that is easy for Web Committee to maintain.  Given the above situation with Wikipedia, the Web Committee could explore what can be done on Wikipedia to promote LGBTQ literature and the rounds table’s resources.  Ideas: The round table history could all go into Wikipedia rather than on our own site.  All of the round table community could be encouraged to contribute to it.  All Stonewall books which have Wikipedia entries, could be checked to verify they have the Stonewall Award noted and link to it; etc.

International Issues (possible Non-Essential task to add)

In the above table, “Top 10 Countries, visits to the GLBT Round Table website,  from December 2009 to June 2011” it was noted that many countries in the top ten are not known for being hospitable for LGBTQ people.  While the numbers are small – ranging from 255 to 561, over the last 2 years – this traffic might compel us to explore how we can meaningfully support the global LGBTQ information landscape.  Before we broaden our scope, I hope we will begin with accessing our existing resources.  I (David) will soon share a proposal on creating/maintaining resources other than the awards, reviews and book lists.  The proposal addresses basic issues around accessing need and viability. The scope for this proposal is domestic but it can scale to an international level after we decide on our future in this area.

Facebook (possible Non-Essential task to add)

Facebook Tabs could be explored more.  Time could be spent exploring how other organizations customize their FB Page tabs to further engage with people.  How can these features be exploited to promote our resources?  (Note that Facebook isn’t a place to post our resources, it’s a place to share links to our resources.)

Submitted by,
David S. Vess
GLBTRT Web Committee Chair, 2009-2011
June 2011


[i] All analytics terms are offset in italic type and defined in the “Definitions of Web Analytics Terms” box.

[ii] See the 2011 Annual Conference report from Over the Rainbow Ad hoc Committee for their blog traffic numbers.  GLBT Reviews, Over the Rainbow and Rainbow Books, have landing pages on the round table website but their blogs are where their lists are maintained.  It was decided the blogs would be these projects’ homes rather than the GLBTRT website, since their audiences are the world; not only librarians.

[iii] The list of terms which lead people to our site is fascinating but too long to include in this report.  Those data deserve their own 9 page report.  A look at the top terms makes it clear we have a universal-LGBTQ audience beyond librarians.

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by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:46 pm

Draft - Branding Requirements for GLBTRT Web Presence

These principles will be applied to all the RT's web presence whenever possible:

Draft - Branding Requirements for GLBTRT Web Presence

These principles will be applied to all the RT's web presence whenever possible:

  • Arrangement, spacing, etc. of identifying text discussed further below can be variable on banners and profiles;
  • Text at the top (above the fold - no scrolling required) makes it clear that project X / page X is within the GLBTRT which is within ALA;
  • Typeface used on page/site is the same throughout (can be variable across different pages, there is no 'RT type face');
  • Text color should be the same throughout a particular site (can be variable across different  pages, there is no 'RT text color');
  • Abbreviations GLBTRT and ALA should be used above the fold - no scrolling required;
  •  Long forms of GLBTRT and ALA should be used above the fold - no scrolling required;
  • When possible, the text GLBTRT and ALA (long and short forms) will be links to the main pages of the organizations;
  • If not possible, there must be clear links to the GLBTRT site and ALA site (above the fold - no scrolling required);
  • The typeface for GLBTRT and ALA in long and short forms should be smaller (in point size) than the name of the resource/project/page name;
  • Use of GLBTRT logo or ALA logos not necessary.  If used, they must, when possible, link to the organization's home page;
  • Use a consistent avatar (profile picture) of the GLBTRT Logo will be used on all sites.

The text on the Over the Rainbow Project (OTR) blog banner is a good, example of the above - [just the text is what I'm concentrating on here as an example, not the image, etc - http://alaovertherainbow.wordpress.com/] – I still need to embed links in the banner.

The above Branding Requirements for GLBTRT Web Presence is only a part of the larger document, Draft Guidelines for Social Networking the Committee which the committee has been developing since last Fall.  Visit the ALA Connect page:   These guidelines contain information about Maintenance of GLBTRT Web Presence, Content Contribution Guidelines, and 'Friend-ing' Guidelines.

Blogs

To further bind all the threads of our web presence together, we’re working with Jenny Levine to transfer our existing glbtrt blog (if and ONLY if all entries can be migrated) into their new blog hosting system (a Wordpress-hosted service) as well as setting up a new blog for the Over the Rainbow Project (OTR)in that same ala-owned-operated space.  The OTR blog will roll out after annual.

Reasoning for rolling our existing blogs and new ones (going forward) to be in this service:

  • Someone at ALA will always have access to these sites/accounts so we will not lose access in cases where one person happens to be the only admin and they drop out of contact;
  • ALA is paying for this service already;
  • There support service at ALA and Wordpress;
  • Having our blogs in a real ala domain will help search engines send our blog entries up in search results;
  • URLs will just be nicer because they will be uniform.
    • glbtrt.ala.org/ort
    • glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow  OR glbtrt.ala.org/OTR

Contacts Page Updates

As always, monitor our Contacts page and contact us with updates.  Note the following Connect page is where we keep updates to be made to the site (as well as updates to be made the day after Annual).  Go here and scroll down to the heading “Website Updates for AFTER Annual 2010” to see if your items are already here.    If not, email them email glbtrt@gmail.com.

History Page

In the coming year we will add a "History" item on the top-level menu item of the GLBTRT webpage.  The History page will showcase RT History with digitized ephemera and perhaps personal narratives of members, even old committee rosters.

More about this project will be developed in the coming months.  Please contact us if you have historic GLBTRT materials or stories to share.  We’re open to recording oral histories.  Historic materials will be scanned and shared on the GLBTRT website and either returned to the owner or sent on to the ALA Archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Anniversary Programs
  • Printed book lists (handouts)
  • GLBTRT publications

Newsletter Project

We’re still working on gathering copies of newsletters to be scanned and placed on the website.  Currently, we have almost a complete run back to 1988 posted on the website.  Over the last 6 months copies of back-issues have trickled in from membership.  As copies come in, they are being scanned and thoroughly processed with image quality, accessibility and size considerations in mind.   After exhausting leads with members’ person collections, we have compiled and verified a list of all libraries listed in WorldCat which hold Newsletters.  We will be contacting or visiting two schools which have near-complete runs of the newsletters.  By August, Sara will take the collection we have been able to gather a that date and develop her index which will be completed by late December.

Social Networking

Integration

Our social networking presence is continuing to flourish.  As we have added accounts to different social networking sites the need to streamline account maintenance by a single person became critical.  Hootsuite allows us to instantly share or schedule updates to our Facebook Page, Twitter and MySpace accounts at one time, in one place.   Additionally, Hootsuite has been configured to send an update to our Facebook Page, Twitter and MySpace automatically when any of our blogs have a new post.  (Hootsuite monitors the RSS feeds of all the blogs.)  Hootsuite also allows for multiple accounts and project/task assignments.

Future

Long term, the goal is to combine all RSS feeds of all our blogs and social networking pages have updates (no duplicates) appear dynamically in one feed on the GLBTRT’s home page.

New Accounts

Explore how our new accounts might be useful to the GLBTRT.  Getting the accounts in social networking sites – even accounts we don’t use - prevents squatters, well-meaning or otherwise from launching an account in our organization’s name.

  • Digg
  • LibraryThing
  • LinkedIn
LibraryThing

The initial goal is to add all Stonewall winners first to the ‘collection’ and then add all the titles in Rainbow Project and OTR as well as Reviews.  The Initial time investment is large but will even out to a low time investment as additions will be added on a scheduled basis as the Awards are given and as our list projects issue more book lists and reviews are published.   We will have a maintenance cycle that follows the publishing of:

  • new Stonewall Award winners and honor books
  • new books added to Rainbow Project and Over the Rainbow lists
  • new books are reviewed

Reasoning for GLBTRT's LibraryThing presence:

  • promote LGBTQ titles in LibraryThing
  • Promote the GLBTRT's Stonewall Book Award books, List books and Reviewed books through using consistent tags to identify books by award, list and review tags in LT
  • contribute relevant tags to any lgbtq books on LibraryThing

For more information see the GLBTRT Website Committee’s workspace devoted to LibraryThing:  http://connect.ala.org/node/100505

Profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/GLBTRT

Facebook Migration & Consolidation

On May 14th we sent out a message to the members of our Facebook Group and Facebook Page announcing we will soon be closing down the Facebook Group and adopting the Facebook Page as our official FB presence.  In the spring we closed down another GLBTRT FB group.

For those of you who are members of both groups, you have been getting duplicate event notifications.  We decided to place RT events in both accounts for Annual until we can transition to using the FB Page and delete the FB Group.

Text from the message we sent is below.  Note that similar notifications will be sent, one every two weeks for one month beginning in September to Group members:

Join our Facebook Page.  The Group page will be phased out and shut down sometime after Annual in favor of the FB Page (using a group template).  I will be sending out notices about this when we have a schedule so we don't loose you 400+ FAB folks who joined our Group.  ;)

http://www.facebook.com/l/042b9;bit.ly/cAmkmQ

Advantages of a "page" over a "group":

  • We need one presence on FB so members of both the Page and Group don't get hit with the same messages and event requests;
  • Maintaining one page and adding events will be simpler;
  • We can link to other pages as "favorites" & be linked as a “favorite” (other ala Pages, and lgbt groups);
  • You can add applications to your page such as RSS feeds, Flickr accounts, Twitter, etc.
  • You can gather (anonymous) demographic information about the users who visit your page;
  • you receive weekly updates about your page, number of visits, number of clicks, etc.
  • You can advertise your page on Facebook;
  • You will still have the same functionality to create discussion threads, upload photos, and create events as the FB Group;
  • When you create events you can specify which regions you want it advertised to (For example, if you have an event in NYC you can send out an update to only users that are in that region);
  • You have much more freedom to provide information about your organization (a page will have a tabbed format instead of being limited to a single page as is true with a group)
  • If you want to upload videos you can simply add the YouTube application instead of having to upload them to Facebook itself (this way you can link to videos on YouTube that you don't have rights to);
  • the link is really short!  <>< />

Meeting Documents (current and past)

The Website Committee is making an effort to have current meeting agendas and minutes posted on the website in a timely manner.   These minutes and agendas are well-structured documents processed with rich metadata and structure to make them very accessible as well as easy to read.  These templates are located on the Events & Meetings page.

Working with the Secretary, we have developed an agenda and minute templates with many automated features (auto numbering and spacing) to make dealing with the formatting of these documents easier.  The structure of these documents is based off of models from formats in Alice Sturgis’ The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Edition, as well as Robert’s Rules of Order.

Past minutes and agendas are also being collected and placed on the website.  We will soon send out a call to members to check their files for Newsletters and meeting minutes/agendas.

Currently we have all our 2010 documents posted;  2009 Annual SC I & II minutes and agendas;  all of 2007 except for agendas for Annual; 2000 SC I & II Annual.   Soon to be processed and posted is SCII from 1999 Midwinter Meeting.

If you have agendas and minutes we are missing on the above page, please email us at glbtrt@gmail.com.

Current and Past Minutes/Agendas: <>< />

Minutes/Agenda Processing Workflow:  <>< />

WorldCat Links Project

Currently, we are exploring how to make book lists more dynamic.    As a pilot, we are making all the titles in the Stonewall Book Award Book list link to WorldCat records.   These links (point to carefully chosen records) allow the user to see a particular title in the libraries (who participate in WorldCat) near them as well as provide links to purchase the books if they desire from several vendors.  While this is not a perfect solution, it does get people closer to finding a book they might be interested in.  We have plans to have all books in all our book lists and reviews (past and current) have links to these records.  Old lists without links are also being maintained in case the project is deemed useful.

Committee Roster

Karyn Choi 2010-2012
Amy Hribar, 2009-2011
Kenneth M. Kozel, 2010-2012
Sara Marcus, 2009-2011
David S. Vess, 2009-2011

Agenda Item

  • If the conversation that started on the SC email list about consistent look of blogs develops in the meeting, I would refer members to two items on this report:
    • Draft - Branding Requirements for GLBTRT Web Presence
    • Blogs

Respectfully Submitted,
David S. Vess
Chair, GLBTRT Website Committee

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Online Doc GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2012 Midwinter

by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:46 pm

Summary

Summary

The web committee has been in limbo for the last 6 months as the team waited for the web site to migrate into ALA’s new Drupal content management system.  Team members finished the 130 page Newsletter index.   In early November the site was migrated into the new system which required some restructuring (navigation bar changes).  The new GLBTRT Buddy Program was also added to the website.  The team also oversaw the adoption of the ALA committee volunteer form and volunteer tracking system to better manage the volunteer process.  The team also created a fund raising page and right rail pod for promote the Stonewall 40th Anniversary Fund Raising Campaign.  During that time team members continued to maintain the GLBTRT Feed.  The feed posts messages to the round table home, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace pages.  Team members also continued to process and post GLBTRT Newsletters as they were submitted. 

Web Site Migration

The migration occurred over the night of 7 November.  In the days following, the entire site was restructured to fit into the ALA division and round table information architecture (navigation buttons).  To provide a more consistent user experience, all ALA entities are to use this information architecture.  See Appendix A for information on this requirement. 

The GLBTRT Newsletter Index

The 130 page index covers all Newsletter issues known to exist (Volume 1:1 Spring 1988 to Volume 23:2 Summer).   All the back issues were all digitized in a past web committee project and posted on the website in 2010.  The index includes several indexes:

  • article column title
  • article title
  • article authors
  • review authors
  • review book authors and media creators
  • review book titles
  • review book publishers
  • review audio and review video publishers

The project was several years in the making and was completed by a web committee member who wishes to remain anonymous and David S. Vess.

Buddy program page and web form

The GLBTRT Membership committee has launched the GLBTRT Buddy Program.  Committee members helped draft page and web form language, and finally posted the page to the site.

Adoption of the ALA Committee Volunteer Web Form and Tracking System

The ALA Committee Volunteer Form and tracking system was adopted by the round table in late October.   Prior to this we used a web form paid for by David which only emailed submissions.  The ALA tool helps the chair and chair elect tracks appointments, automate appointment notifications, and automatically updates the ALA committee roster database.  This database generates the very nice rosters that appear on each committee's web page (Steering Committee example (ALA log in required to see contact information)).  Note also that past rosters can also be views if they are in the ALA database.

Stonewall 40th Anniversary Fund Raising Campaign

The team drafted new language for the top-level fund raising page and drafted and created a Stonewall 40th Anniversary Fund Raising Campaign page in consultation with the round table chairs and ALA liaisons from OLOS.  As more donations come in the team adds names to the donation list.

GLBTRT Feed

Committee members are continuing to post messages on the GLBTRT Feed which posts messages to the GLBTRT Website, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace pages.  A new web committee member, Tiffany Brand joined the committee in the Fall and will be working on the round table social media presence.

GLBTRT Newsletter Processing

Committee members continue to process and post completed Newsletters to the GLBTRT website.  In the coming months, members may be helping rework the existing newsletter template and/or exploring producing the newsletter on the GLBTRT News blog.

Future Projects

  • All committee members will register and complete Drupal training as it is developed by ALA staff;
  • Member Danis will complete a formal edit of the entire site’s language and make recommendations for edits;
  • The committee will support the Ad Hoc GLBTRT Resources Committee when it is voted in during 2012 Midwinter;
  • Member Perez will support the GLBTRT Newsletter Committee in their exploration in the future of the Newsletter (design, blog support etc.);
  • Member Perez will continue to be the GLBTRT Blog Administrator;
  • Members Danis and Brand will continue to maintain the GLBTRT Feed;
  • Members Danis and Brand will create GLBTRT Feed messages for each review that is posted to the GLBT Reviews blog;
  • Full task list is located at: https://sites.google.com/site/glbtrt/web/tasks
  • Caitlin Shanley (Chair, 2011 - 2013)
  • David S. Vess (Past-Chair, 2011 - 2012)
  • Tiffiany Brand (Member 2012 – 2014)
  • Lindsey Danis (Member, 2011 - 2013)
  • Jorge Perez (Member, 2011 - 2013)

Roster

Submitted by

Caitlin Shanley and David S. Vess

 

Appendix A: ALA Information Architecture

Taken from the ALA Training website 7 January, 2012: http://itts.training.ala.org/node/250 

Consistent left navigation for Round Tables and Divisions

All site level menus from the left navigation, quick links (drop-down menus on top left ) and divsion-specific eyebrow links (Contact Give Join(Division Name)) will remain in alphabetical order as part of the information architecture of our Drupal-based Web site.

Only global admins and some site admins who undertand the menu structures will have the ability to edit menu structures. In order to maintain consistency, member volunteers should contact their Staff Liaison or Division Web Lead with a detailed list of pages that they want added to the Left Navigation as they fit into the proper Information Architecture. Then leads will enter a Track-IT! ticket with a "Web Request", ultimately this process will be facilitated by forms under the internal Help menus on the Drupal Admin menu.

Information Architecture (IA) of all left navigation menus on ala.org

Terms not needed are discarded.  If certain units have something not noted here, unique to it, the appropriate label should be used in the left navigation.

  • About [Unit Acronym]

Includes Governance, use second level to provide shortcuts to bylaws, committees, if desired)

  • Advocacy

If needed, an additional term, such as Advocacy & Promotion, Advocacy and Legislation, Advocacy & Issues.

  • Award, Grants & Scholarships

Drop any unneeded terms

  • Conferences & Continuing Education

For in-person events; unit decides whether to use "see-also or duplicate Online Learning offerings.

  • Get Involved

For recruiting volunteers

  • Guidelines & Standards
  • Membership in [Unit Acronym]
  • News
  • Online Learning
  • Professional Tools
  • Publications and Journals or/& Product, if needed
  • Working with [Unit Acronym]

Resources for Member Leaders

 

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Discussion GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2013 Midwinter

by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:45 pm

Recent Activities

  • There has been some turn over on the Web Committee since the Annual Conference. Caitlin Shanley has stepped down as chair and Tiffany Brand has stepped down early as well. Replacing them are three new committee members: David Isaak (Chair), Kate Boeree, and Mack Freeman.

Recent Activities

  • There has been some turn over on the Web Committee since the Annual Conference. Caitlin Shanley has stepped down as chair and Tiffany Brand has stepped down early as well. Replacing them are three new committee members: David Isaak (Chair), Kate Boeree, and Mack Freeman.
  • Currently the tabbed box on the GLBT RT homepage, intended to highlight feeds from other sites, is not working properly. When feeds from the GLBTRT blogs are added, the entire GLBTRT site crashes. David Vess has been in ongoing communication with ALA help desk, but a solution has yet to be found.
  • Left navigation labels were updated to bring them in line with ALA information architecture standards.
  • Committee member Freeman continues to administer GLBTRT blogs
  • Committee member Perez continues to support the GLBTRT Newsletter Committee
  • Committee members Danis and Boeree continue to supply content to our social media feeds
  • More details on activities can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/glbtrt/web

Upcoming projects

  • The committee, led by committee member Boeree will update the GLBTRT site and LibraryThing account after the release of Stonewall book awards.
  • Committee member Isaak is working on adding sliding panels to the GLBTRT home page and replacing the right content block with interchangeable navpods.
  • We will need 4 new members to replace people cycling off at the end of annual (including a chair-elect).

Committee Roster

  • David Conners Isaak (Chair, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • David S. Vess (Past-Chairperson, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013)
  • Kate Boeree (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • Lindsey Danis (Member, February 22, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
  • John Mack McGowan Freeman (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • Jorge Perez (Member, February 22, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
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Online Doc GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2013 Annual

by David Isaak on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:44 pm

Recent Activities

  • Committee roster change: Lindsey Danis stepped down early from the committee. Replacing her is new committee member Jeremy Snell.

Recent Activities

  • Committee roster change: Lindsey Danis stepped down early from the committee. Replacing her is new committee member Jeremy Snell.
  • Committee member Boeree updated the LibraryThing account after the release of Stonewall book awards, the Rainbow book list, and the Over the Rainbow book list.
  • Committee member Vess worked with the ALA Help Desk regarding the on-going issue of the RSS tabs on the front page crashing the site. The problem was resolved, but has recently reappeared. The current culprit is a change to the Twitter API. ALA is awaiting a module update to address the problem
  • Committee member Isaak worked with the creator of the Religion and Spirituality Bibliography to streamline future updates to the webpage.
  • Committee member Freeman continues to administer GLBTRT blogs.
  • Committee member Perez continues to support the GLBTRT Newsletter Committee.
  • Committee member Boeree continues to supply content to our social media feeds.
  • Committee members Snell and Isaak continue to work on adding feature slides and navpods to the front page of the site.
  • Committee member Isaak added a page to highlight GLBT bookstores. The pages contain a map and a form for users to recommend additional entries.

Committee Roster

  • David Conners Isaak (Chair, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • David S. Vess (Past-Chairperson, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013)
  • Kate Boeree (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • John Mack McGowan Freeman (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • Jorge Perez (Member, February 22, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
  • Jeremy G. Snell (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
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The Web Committee develops and maintains the web presence of round table.  It strives to provide the best platforms, upon which the round table can promote LGBTQ literature to the world.  The group strives to design and implement services that comply with accessibility standards.  Send questions and comments to glbtrt@gmail.com.

Currently, Web Committee documentation (work flows, to-do lists, etc.) are being edited, reorganized and migrated to the forthcoming, GLBTRT Procedure Manual.  As work progresses through Spring 2011, text in committee documents will be crossed out, later to be deleted.  The Procedure Manual will soon be live and links to the manual will be created at that time.

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