Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

President's Message

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

President's Message

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The LITA Governing Board has had a productive autumn, and I wanted to share a few highlights. Keeping an eye on how better to understand and improve the member experience, we have a couple of new groups getting down to work.

LITA Local Task Force

I'm writing this shortly after returning from LITA Forum 2015, which was a fantastic meeting. I'm glad that so many people were able to attend, and I hope even more will come to Forum 2016. But we know many members cannot regularly travel to national meetings, and even the best online experience can lack the serendipitous benefits that so often come from face-to-face meetings.

The new LITA Local Task Force will be responsible for creating a toolkit to facilitate local groups' ability to host events, including information on event planning, accessibility, and ensuring an inclusive culture at meetings. So you'll be able to host a LITA event in your own backyard! (If your backyard has a couple of meeting rooms and good wireless.)

Forum Assessment and Alternatives Task Force

As we begin work on LITA Local events, we are also turning our eyes to our national meeting. Planning the next LITA Forum is essentially a year-round process. We assess the work we've done on previous forums, of course, but the annual schedule often doesn't afford an opportunity to strategically rethink what Forum is and how it can best serve the members. …

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