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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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Discussion GLBTRT Web Committee Report - Midwinter 2014

by David Isaak on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 04:34 pm

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

  • 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.
  • Unpublished Twitter tab on the front page as it is not displaying properly.
    • Twitter tab problem is ALA-wide; last update was on June 13: “Twitter changed its API without warning, and we’re awaiting a module update” – Louise Gruenberg.
  • Consulted with the ALA Design office on pricing to have them develop six re-usable feature slides and a custom header for the RT Site (similar to what GameRT has done). The estimates from the design office are:
    • $300-$400 to design the feature slides
    • $400-$500 to design the custom header and CSS color scheme
    • Waiting on instructions from the RT Board before proceeding any further.
  • Added three new committee pages:
  • Posted new resource guide based on program from Annual 2013
  • Committee members Snell and Isaak performed regular content updates to the RT website for elections, conferences, web forms, etc.
  • Committee member Freeman continued to administer GLBTRT blogs.
  • Committee member Boeree continued to supply content to our social media feeds. 

Google Analytic Reports

Upcoming Work

  • The WordPress theme for the news blogs will be transitioned to a new responsive theme called Kassi. The new theme is optimized for display on phones, tablets, and the desktop. If all goes well, the plan will be to transition the other three blogs to this theme.  
  • The news blog will begin to have more content as new articles from the Newsletter are added to the blog.
  • The LibraryThing account will be updated after the release of Stonewall book awards, the Rainbow book list, and the Over the Rainbow book list.

Committee Staffing

  • Currently, all Web Committee members are schedule to cycle off after Annual 2014.
  • Discussions have taken place with the RT chair and chair-elect about getting the committee up to six members, each serving two year terms, with half cycling off each year.
  • David Isaak, Kate Boeree, and Jeremy Snell have agreed to stay on for one more year (2014-2015) to help start the new staggered rotation.
  • Jeremy has volunteered to serve as committee chair in 2014-2015.  

Committee Roster

  • David Conners Isaak (Chair, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • Kate Boeree (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • John Mack McGowan Freeman (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
  • Jeremy G. Snell (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
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File ReviewsBlogReport

by David Isaak on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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File RainbowBooksBlogReport

by David Isaak on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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File OverTheRainbowBlogReport

by David Isaak on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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File NewsBlogReport

by David Isaak on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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File GLBTRTWebsiteReport

by David Isaak on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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Online Doc GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2013 Annual

by David Isaak on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:39 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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Discussion GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2013 Midwinter

by David Isaak on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38 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 - 2012 Midwinter

by David Vess on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

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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Online Doc GLBTRT Web Committee Report - 2011 Annual

by David Vess on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

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

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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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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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