Lita Town Meeting 2007 Report:
Including Results from the Group Snow Card Activity.
Big huge thanks to Michelle Boule for compiling the large stack of papers and cards into something that resembled an organized mass.
LITA Town Meeting
What does success look like for LITA and itâ€™s members? Mark Beatty, LITA Vice President, gave a quick environmental scan. Then the LITA members at the Town Meeting engaged in small group brain storming and clustered their ideas into categories. Attending members were asked to generate their ideas as a reaction to Markâ€™s introductory scan, their own current thoughts on the state of libraries and LITA, the LITA strategic plan and a small set of questions about LITA. Details on the group activity are below along with the results.
One of the easiest and interestingly the most significant remarks that could be made about the town meeting is that people had fun. The quite full 80 plus member meeting consisted of the full range of LITA members in length of membership. All ideas were equal. All attendees jumped in and participated equally. All worked to contribute to LITA while exchanging ideas, information, knowledge, opinions and friendship in an open and welcoming social setting. As the results below show the Town Meeting, and itâ€™s fun, in many ways embodied what the attendees said they want LITA to be.
A 25 minute podcast of an interview with Mark Beatty and Michelle Boule after the Town Meeting can be heard at:
Setting the Environment
The initial theme was â€˜Delivering Value to the Membershipâ€
We wanted to gather ideas about LITA including:
What are the indicators of success
What defines value to the membership
What environments do we need to pay attention to
To define it another way. Letâ€™s assume that we are mostly in the business of education of one sort or another and we want to deliver true value to our members. Then what does success look like for LITA and itâ€™s members?
What value would members be getting?
What would motivate members to volunteer?
What would keep volunteers?
What would our menu of services look like?
We want to consider any new ideas in the light of the LITA Strategic Plan:
The LITA Vision is:
As the center of expertise about information technology, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leads in exploring and enabling new technologies to empower libraries. LITA members use the promise of technology to deliver dynamic library collections and services.
The LITA Mission Statement is:
LITA educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.
Here are some of the current environment variables that are being talked about for communities and libraries.