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Cindi Blyberg's picture

Draft LITA Strategic Plan

LITA Strategic Planning: Suggested Strategies

(last revised 1/16/2010)

Goal: Training and Continuing Education

LITA will be nationally recognized as the leading source for continuing education opportunities for library information technologists and/or all library staff who have an interest in technology.

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Documentation examples:
    1. TTT is seen to be a flagship product but the publication of TTT has languished. Create short document that summarizes the top trends.
    2. Create toolkits and technology briefs
    3. Benchmarks
    4. Create case studies
  2. New programming examples:
    1. Share worst practices and missteps so we can learn from others mistakes
    2. What tool is best for my situation
    3. Project management class customized for IT projects
    4. Programming all year long
  3. Publish LITA articles in other ALA publications
  4. Promote idea that librarians must take more responsibility for their own learning
  5. Work to counteract the profession’s aversion to risk
  6. Offer TTT more often
  7. Mentoring
  8. Focus on green technology initiatives
  9. Create a speaker bureau database

10.  Create knowledgebase of members expertise (member profiles)

11.  Create and streamline content

12.  Create a LITA Seal of Approval (LITA Approved Green Technology, LITA Approved Open Source, etc) using a documented set of criteria for determining approval, use consistent medal to create a brand

13.  Move away from training people on how to do it and instead help them experiment using trial and error

14.  Create services for members

Goal: Innovation

LITA will use its members’ expertise to demonstrate the value of new and existing technologies within ALA and beyond.

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Solicit or create applications
  2. Serve other parts of ALA and other organizations not just librarians
  3. LITA technologies should be something others emulate
  4. LITA education platform for online education should be the model
  5. Provide a safe environment to experiment and test new technologies/ it’s okay to fail as long as you try
  6. Replace LITA print publications with online interactive publications that are open access
  7. Provide a technology clearinghouse for libraries and ALA
  8. Prototype new technologies and create how to’s that other can use to setup at their home organization

Goal: Advocacy and Policy

LITA will advocate for the adoption of legislation, policies, technologies and standards that promote equitable access to information and technology.

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Explore library advocacy in relation to technology developers and vendors
  2. Actively participate in the creation and adoption of standards within the library community
  3. Join NISO independently of ALA
  4. Work with NISO to win an IMLS grant – one that would fund librarians participation in international standards meetings and initiatives
  5. Play a larger role with OITP with regard to technology related legislation
  6. Support and advocate for open source projects
  7. Assessment, stewardship and “certification” of open source projects
  8. Advocate for the support and importance of technologists and technology in libraries
  9. Technologies for Trusties

Goal: The Organization

LITA will have a solid structure to supports it mission, vision and strategic plan.

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Learn from SLA about organization redesign
  2. Perform a membership survey
  3. Join with other ALA divisions to forge a new model for ALA
  4. Appearance that the same people serve on many LITA committees
  5. More transparency of what is happening and why; how can communication trickle up from IG and Committees and out to members
  6. Need better file and schedule sharing  tools
  7. Everyone does technology what is our hook?
  8. Create and protect the LITA Brand
  9. Establish a facilitated online discussion about LITA as an organization

Goal: Research

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Could LITA analyze various data about the industry and user community to help libraries understand both the data and the value of the market analysis?
  2. Should LITA solicit research on a particular area of information technology and how it affects libraries
  3. Perform annual survey of libraries to get staffing, salaries, budgets, offered services, relationship to parent org’s IT would be a very valuable service.   One that would enable the user to set up their own peers and make those comparisons.  This might even be something that could be a partnership with LLAMA. Similar to ECAR Core Data Service.

Goal: Collaboration & Outreach

LITA will reach out and collaborate with other library organizations in order to increase the awareness of the importance of technology in libraries, improve services to existing members, and reach out to new members.

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Join, independently of ALA, library-technology related organizations i.e. Educause, In the Library with a Lead Pipe, ipl2, etc
  2. Reach out to/collaborate with library related organizations that are not strong in technology i.e. Canadian Association of Research Libraries, MLA; act as consultants to these groups to help hype relevant technology
  3. Improve the environment for and increase participation of virtual members
  4. Reach out to other organization within ALA
  5. Setup regional LITA chapters; or groups within State Library Association
  6. Setup us student groups
  7. Figure out how to reach out and “touch” every member of ALA
  8. Joint sponsorship of programming with more diverse groups
  9. Actively recruit IT librarians doing cool things that are not LITA members

10.  How to get the groups who don’t join to join

11.  IG’s should partner more with similar groups in other ALA divisions

12.  Create more opportunities for student involvement

13.  Improve the environment for and increase participation of virtual participation

14.  Increase direct participation with ALA CIO

15.  Reach out and touch ALA members who want to stay at the cutting edge

16.  Reach out to and partner with ASIS&T; see what works and what doesn’t; using lessons learned approach another organization;

17.  Provide services like ACRL model for members

Kenley Neufeld's picture

Our Discussion

Goal: Advocacy

Rewrite the following:

  • (1) Develop a mechanism for LITA to improve communication with developers and vendors.
  • (2) Actively participate in the creation and adoption of international standards within the library community

Removing the following:

  • (3) Join NISO independently of ALA
  • (4) Work with NISO to win an IMLS grant – one that would fund librarians participation in international standards meetings and initiatives
  • (7) remove "certicification" and replace with ???
  • (9) Technologies for Trustees

 

Tara Lannen-Stanton's picture

LITA will reach out, collaborate and address duplicated services and efficiencies with other library organizations to increase the awareness of the importance of technology in libraries, improve services to existing members and reach out to new members.

 

Goal: Collaboration & Outreach

Possible ideas to explore:

  1. Join, independently of ALA, library-technology related organizations i.e. Educause, In the Library with a Lead Pipe, ipl2, NISO, ASIS&T etc

  2. Reach out & collaborate with other organization within ALA and other organizations outside of ALA

  3. Form better connections and partnerships with state organizations, using ALA/state partnerships

  4. Actively recruit IT staff who are not LITA members (high priority)

  5. How to get the groups who don’t join to join

  6. IG’s should partner more with similar groups in other ALA divisions, joint sponsorship of programming with more diverse groups (training & continuing education goal addressed this, training programs would foster & develop partnerships)

  7. Create more opportunities for student involvement (training & continuing education goal addressed this, training programs would foster & develop partnerships)

  8. Improve the environment for and increase virtual participation (high priority)

  9.  Provide services like ACRL model for members

  10. Encourage a culture of collaboration among all LITA entities

  11. Improving the website to increase usability & use. (ADDED AFTER TOWN HALL)
Maurice York's picture

  • Missing Strategies
    • Outreach to Library Schools - Chapters and Camps. Leverage student chapters to bring Camps to library schools, provide training not available in library schools
    • Participation in State Association conferences
    • Shoot for the middle--decide who we are serving (not like CIL, code4lib)--middle of the road community of practice
    • emphasize that LITA cuts across all divisions--focus on using technologies
    • Make sure there is a continuum from publication to program to training module, best practice, case study, etc. Knowledge River
  • Worth Developing and Critical to LITA's future
    • Programming -- Year round, not just at conferences. CAMP especially, Virtual Institute
    • Documentation--Toolkits, benchmarks, case studies, cautionary tales, LITA Seal of Approval, Best Practices. LITA Fail Blog?
    • Mentoring -- Mentorship Initiative, Knowledgebase of Expertise (this can be a prototype for ALA--connect members with experts, feeder to the mentor program
    • Make sure all of the above are well Integrated--not silo programmatic areas
    • Critical to decide what is open/closed--what is the open teaser content, what content is "join for more...". Be very careful about where to put the wall.

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Maurice York

Head, Information Technology

NCSU Libraries

Edward Sanchez's picture

Of the 17 recommendations we considered 3 and 9 to be priorities and then developed our own recommendations.

 

We discussed and agree upon many of the suggestions made by the Training group and try not to repeat those suggestions here.

3.  Improve/increase virtual participation with podcasts, webinars, etc. to make LITA membership expertise available year round.

9. actively recruit IT librarians doing cool things that are not LITA members . Show students new fees category.  Have a LITA presence at code4lib, computers in libraries, internet librarian or other conferences or meetings that attract younger library IT folks.  Also have a presence at EDUCAUSE.  Make certain that Open House, Happy Hour, dinner sequence is maintained and make the best of these recruiting structures.

NEW:  Attract new attendance to our programming.  Maintain LITA brand, selling publications, ITAL and publishing cycle.
NEW:  Do a better job sharing ideas and solutions so that LITA is the first place we go for solutions to tech issues.  A central clearing house for library technology no longer supportable.  Need hive-based sharing. 
NEW:  Promote LITA camps at library schools and reach out to other ALA groups such as YALSA.

 

Aaron Dobbs's picture

Does LITA need a "Technology Goal"?

If so, what shold that goal include?
LITA Board is looking into spelling out some of the technology assumptions which underpin many of the goals listed here...

-Aaron
:-)'

***** "Always remember everyone is working to make the organization better in their own way."
-Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian

David King's picture

LITA Tech Goal should = getting ALA & ALA membership up-to-speed with technology, and keeping everyone informed of what's on the horizon.

 

We should be "leading the horse to the best waterholes," so to speak ... and pointing out the sites while there.

 

How's that?

Aaron Dobbs's picture

Sounds good to me, LITA Board will be submitting a Technology Goal for the 2015 effort - I'll add that to the mix if something like it isn't already there (obviously I should review the draft and share!)

-Aaron
:-)'

***** "Always remember everyone is working to make the organization better in their own way."
-Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian

Aaron Dobbs's picture

Being the "play it fast and loose" type, I've posted a very early draft version of the technology goal (wordsmithing and additions welcome) over in the LITA Board group;

http://connect.ala.org/node/94303

Please feel free to add your suggestions for an ALA 2015 Strategic Plan Technology Goal and, if you have some time, look thorugh the 1st Draft of the 2015 Strategic Plan to see what's already there. Feel free to offer some technology objectives for the various goals in our rough draft above.

Thanks!

-Aaron
:-)'

***** "Always remember everyone is working to make the organization better in their own way."
-Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian