GLBTRT Web Committee (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table) Committee

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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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Discussion GLBTRT Web Committee Report - Annual 2014

by David Isaak on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

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.

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.
  • Committee member Freeman oversaw a transition of the GLBTRT Newsletter from PDF format to individual GLBT News blog entries.
  • Committee members Snell and Isaak performed regular content updates to the RT website for elections, conferences, web forms, etc.
  • Committee member Boeree continued to supply content to our social media feeds.
  • Committee member Boeree updated the LibraryThing account after the release of the Stonewall book awards, the Rainbow book list, and the Over the Rainbow book list.
  • Committee member Isaak deleted the GLBTRT MySpace account as it had not been used in many years.
  • Committee member Isaak worked with Don Bell to update the Religion and Spirituality Bibliography webpage and workflow.
  • Committee member Isaak worked with ALA’s Rob Berquist to resolve the import problem with the Twitter tab on the front page of the RT website. 

On-going Activities

  • Feature Slides on front page
    • 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 - http://www.ala.org/gamert/). 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
    • Committee member Isaak will meet with the RT Executive Board on June 13th for more instructions.
    • Another possibility is to ask an RT member to volunteer to design slides. 

Upcoming Work

  • Transition the other three RT blogs to responsive themes.
  • Scan and upload the older RT newsletters (in conjunction with the News Committee).
  • New Committee members to take the ALA Drupal training.
  • Areas of responsibility will need to be assigned to the new Committee roster.
  • Review and update the procedures manual.
  • Creating a Flickr account to host RT images.

Committee Staffing

  • Discussions held 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, 2013, to June 30, 2015)  
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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

PDF File, 2.66 MB

File RainbowBooksBlogReport

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

PDF File, 530.16 KB

File OverTheRainbowBlogReport

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

PDF File, 679.25 KB

File NewsBlogReport

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

PDF File, 499.19 KB

File GLBTRTWebsiteReport

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

PDF File, 707.16 KB

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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Pages

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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