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So, what’s the deal with committees, anyway?

Good question, and I’m glad you asked. I need your help with that. LITA has 20 committees to which members must be appointed annually by the Vice-President. We also send representatives to twenty other committees, groups, task forces and organizations. Some terms are multi-year; some committee members can be reappointed; some chairs come from the pool of members already on the committee; some representatives serve in that capacity by virtue of their position on a committee. Some committees do a lot of work between conferences in virtual meetings, and some don’t. Some committees submit program proposals for Midwinter and Annual conference, and some don’t. TL;DR? It’s complicated, and I need about 100 people to fill spots that are opening up. I’m going to attack it one committee at a time, so watch this space for a call to action and more information about the committee of the week (roughly). Have…


Tell us what you envision for LITA

Were you unable to attend LITA’s Town Meeting at Midwinter 2013 in Seattle? We would still like to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and give the LITA leadership your thoughts on what works in LITA and what you’d like to see LITA become. Not a LITA member? No worries, we want to hear from you, too! Thank you from your friendly, neighborhood VP. ūüôā


Join us during the Town Meeting, from wherever you are

Hi, everyone! This year’s Town Meeting will be Monday, January 28, from 8:30 – 10:00 PDT, in room 302 of the Convention Center. ¬†We will be streaming audio, and we welcome your participation via IRC and a Google Doc. ¬†Here are the details: LITA’s Ustream channel Because of the wifi challenges, the Town Meeting is a bit broken up on the recordings. The recording is in three parts, but almost the entire thing is available. ūüôā The challenges of streaming and recording at conferences seemingly never end. Thanks for your patience and interest. Part the First Video streaming by Ustream Part the Next Video streaming by Ustream Part the Last Video streaming by Ustream Live video from your iPhone using Ustream IRC: #litatm (instructions below) Google Doc Please tag your tweets with #litatm Please note the chat will be logged for future reference and projected in the room for the…


LITA Town Meeting at #alamw13 in Seattle

You can read all the gory details in¬†this Connect thread, but if you’re going to ALA Midwinter in Seattle next week, please consider joining the LITA Board for this year’s Town meeting, where we will enjoy breakfast, and then work together to Re-imagine LITA. Monday, January 28, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., TCC 302. Agenda (subject to change and tweaking) Breakfast 8:30 – just before 9 Introduction (membership & financial trends, Reimagining ALA) – Cindi (10 m) Appreciative Inquiry – all (10 m) Re-imagining LITA activity – all (30 m) Re-imagining¬†reporting (10m) – group recorders Closing (summary, announcement of followup activities) (5 m) – Cindi Want to help? Volunteer by¬†commenting on Connect. I hope to see you there, in person or online! ¬†Details regarding how to participate virtually will be forthcoming.  

Committees and Interest Groups

Want to serve in ALA? Volunteer by November 2

One of my duties as LITA VP is to participate in the¬†Committee on Appointments, which recommends names for appointment to several ALA-level committees. ¬†The deadline for volunteering for an appointment that will begin after Annual Conference 2013 is November 2. ¬†Appointments are generally for two years, but there are some exceptions. Please also note that these are ALA-level, and NOT LITA committees, though you can volunteer for LITA committees using the same form, and of course, I urge you to! ūüôā These are also not the Committees of the ALA Council. Click the name of each committee below to read its complete charge and current roster, or view all¬†Committees of the Association. Committee on Accreditation “To be responsible for the execution of the accreditation program of ALA, and to develop and formulate standards of education for library and information studies for the approval of council.” American Libraries¬†Advisory Committee “To review…

Committees and Interest Groups

It begins…

When I decided to write about my time as LITA Vice-President/President-Elect, I knew I would be writing about LITA committees and making appointments to them, about LITA Forum and my experience there, and about my experience with the LITA Board in general. ¬†I’m delighted to learn that there are other responsibilities of the Vice-President, and my hope is that by writing about them, I might help others who are interested in division leadership, be it LITA or not. My first phone call with Mary Taylor, LITA’s Executive Director (ALA Staff) earlier this year was very pleasant. ¬†She called to deliver the news that I had won the election, and that my term as Vice-President/President-Elect would start after the Annual conference in Anaheim. ¬†She was clearly excited about the upcoming year, and reminded me of these Vice-Presidential duties: Attend training that would help Mary and me establish a working relationship. Attend…

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Draft new LITA vision statement

Hey everyone, At yesterday’s meeting, the Board spent time crafting a new vision statement for LITA. ¬†We would LOVE your feedback on this before we finalize it on Monday afternoon, in the form of comments below, tweets, photos, whatever! ¬†If you’re in Anaheim this weekend, buttonhole one of your Board members in the hallway–look for our light blue “LITA Board of Directors” badge ribbons. ¬†We want to hear from you! ¬†If you provide feedback online, please tag with #litavision so we can keep track. “LITA builds a community of professionals, thinkers, doers and makers¬†who foster innovation and leadership in library technology.” Ready, set, go!

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What is LITA?

At our meeting on Friday, the LITA board (your board!) conducted an exercise to craft an updated vision statement for our organization. We started out by thinking of organizations that inspire us and listing the attrubites that we admire about that organization. Some people talked about non-profits, some about online businesses or communities and some about their current or former places of work. Again and again, we came back to the idea that the people make the organization. To that end, we tried to come up with a short statement to describe our vision for LITA. Give it a test-drive and let us know what you think. Is this your LITA? We welcome comments and suggestions! LITA: Libraries. Innovation. Technology. Awesomeness: Choose your own adventure!* We probably knew this on the day of the meeting, but “Choose Your Own Adventure” is a registered trademark, so this is probably a good…


Town Meeting Monday! Please join us online or in Dallas

To all LITA Members – current, past and future and Friends of LITA: You are invited to virtually join the LITA members present in Dallas for the LITA Town Meeting – Monday 1/23 from 8-10am CST. ¬†Instructions and links for how to participate virtually will be posted to the LITA Blog ( approximate 30 minutes before the session starts. We will be using UStream (audio only) and ALA Connect Chat to facilitate virtual participation. ¬†We will stream the audio for the outbound channel – so virtual participants can hear the general introduction and overview and then break out into three streams – one on each topic – so that the discussion in the room can be heard. ¬†Remote participants can log in to ALA Connect ( chat to send questions and comments to a discussion moderator who will share those with the participants in the room. No account is required…