LRTS Editorial Board – December 2024 Report

What is the name of your committee? LRTS Editorial Board
Your Name Rachel Scott
Your Email rescot2@ilstu.edu
If your committee is part of a section, please select it (if applicable) Metadata & Collections
Which report are you submitting? December
How many times did your group meet during this reporting period? 2-3
First Activity
Please summarize work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months. Your summary can be a narrative or bullet points, see below for reporting on specific areas.

Facilitate peer-review of submissions, provide substantive editorial feedback, solicit
content for an upcoming issues, identify opportunities to further align our practices with those of the other
two Core journals, and publish quarterly issues of LRTS.

Second Activity
If your committee has a specific strategic goal assigned, update any progress made on this goal.

n/a

Third Activity
Deliverables (Fill in bullet point and progress made)

Facilitate peer-review of submissions, provide substantive editorial feedback, solicit
content for an upcoming issues, identify opportunities to further align our practices with those of the other
two Core journals, and publish quarterly issues of LRTS.

Ongoing Work (Fill in bullet point and progress made)

Facilitate peer-review of submissions, provide substantive editorial feedback, solicit
content for an upcoming issues, identify opportunities to further align our practices with those of the other
two Core journals, and publish quarterly issues of LRTS.

Fourth Activity
What will your group be working on for the next 6 months? Write these goals in SMART goal format.

Facilitate peer-review of submissions, provide substantive editorial feedback, solicit
content for an upcoming issues, identify opportunities to further align our practices with those of the other
two Core journals, and publish quarterly issues of LRTS.

Fifth Activity
How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

LRTS has published several studies on inclusive metadata, open access publishing, and the accessibility of
licensed content. An upcoming issue (68, no. 4) will be dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility.

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work? The editorial board could have been consulted about the journal sponsorship initiative (https://coreforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/2024CoreSponsorshipGuide.pdf).
Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Please describe anything you need to bring to the Core Board or section leadership for discussion or action at their next meeting.
Please share any additional comments, concerns, or suggestions you have.
Today’s Date 05/14/2024

Advocacy Coordination Committee – December 2024 Report

What is the name of your committee? Advocacy Coordination Committee
Your Name Wonder Woman
Your Email jenny@theshiftedlibrarian.com
If your committee is part of a section, please select it (if applicable)
Which report are you submitting? December
How many times did your group meet during this reporting period? 7-10
First Activity
Please summarize work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months. Your summary can be a narrative or bullet points, see below for reporting on specific areas.

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Second Activity
If your committee has a specific strategic goal assigned, update any progress made on this goal.
Third Activity
Deliverables (Fill in bullet point and progress made)
Ongoing Work (Fill in bullet point and progress made)
Fourth Activity
What will your group be working on for the next 6 months? Write these goals in SMART goal format.

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Fifth Activity
How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

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Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Please describe anything you need to bring to the Core Board or section leadership for discussion or action at their next meeting.
Please share any additional comments, concerns, or suggestions you have.
Today’s Date 03/28/2024

International Relations Committee – December 2023 Report



The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Committee Work

Summary of work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months

Aug/Sept – reviewed 28 applications for the online course scholarship for library professionals from developing countries for Fall 2023 and awarded 11 scholarships

Sept/Oct – began planning for a free Core webinar on working with international vendors; began planning for ALA program on joining an IFLA committee.

Dec. – reviewed 21 applications for online course scholarship for library professionals from developing countries for Spring 2024 and awarded 11 scholarships.

 

Progress on Goal Assigned in the Strategic Plan

NA


Progress on Deliverables

Aug/Sept – reviewed 28 applications for the online course scholarship for library professionals from developing countries for Fall 2023 and awarded 11 scholarships

Dec. – reviewed 21 applications for online course scholarship for library professionals from developing countries for Spring 2024 and awarded 11 scholarships.

 

 


Progress on Ongoing Work

Planning for a free webinar to be offered in May on the topic of working with international vendors.  We have identified two speakers and will work with them to finalize the program planning.

Planning for ALA program in June on expectations when joining an IFLA committee.  We are meeting with Michael Dowling to finalize planning for this program and will reach out to potential panelists in March.

 

 

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?

Planning for a free webinar to be offered in May on the topic of working with international vendors.  We have identified two speakers and will work with them to finalize the program planning.

Planning for ALA program in June on expectations when joining an IFLA committee.  We are meeting with Michael Dowling to finalize planning for this program and will reach out to potential panelists in March.

Review of processes and documentation used for selecting Core representatives to IFLA Committee (March/April).

Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

Our committee supports global engagement opportunities Core librarians and librarians working in developing countries.

  • We award scholarships to participate in Core courses to librarians working in devleoping countries.
  • We select Core representatives to IFLA Standing Committees
  • We create programming opportunities for librarians engaged in international work or have interest in becoming more engaged with international work

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
This group has appropriate support. Tom Ferren has been incredibly responsive and helpful.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
When time and capacity allows, the Committee could consider ways to further publicize the scholarships and opportunities to serve on IFLA Committees that are supported by the Core IRC Committee. We have also discussed the creation of a survey to learn more about the impact of the Core online scholarship for librarians from developing countries award.


Additional comments or concerns:
NA

Submitted by Jeannette Pierce on 02/22/2024

Budget and Finance Committee – December 2023 Report



The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Committee Work

Summary of work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months

Advised Core Board regarding Core financials and Overhead working group scenarios

Reviewed budget updates from ALA

Reported on budget to Core Board


Progress on Deliverables

Keeping track of current budget numbers


Progress on Ongoing Work

Reporting budget updates to the Core Board and advising Core Board on financial related items

 

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?

Crafting next FY budget and reviewing, reporting, and advising Core Board on Overhead/Indirect Cost Rate when the new data comes out this spring

Meets Core’s strategic goals for Not Applicable/Operational

How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

Identifying ways we can better support members, such as advocating for Emerging Leaders to have free conference registration or finding funding or connecting fundraising and committees together to support awards


Submitted by Cara Calabrese on 02/19/2024

Diversity and Inclusion Committee – December 2024 Report



The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Committee Work

Summary of work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months

We have been working to restructure our charge to better fit current needs, capacities, and reflect what the members and board want and need us to pursue.

Progress on Goal Assigned in the Strategic Plan

We did help on the updating of the Strategic plan and committee members should be tapped to participate in the future as well.


Progress on Deliverables

  • Current & Ongoing: Review Committee Chair Reports
    • Specific: Reviewing reports  in order to identify trends, gaps, barriers, etc 
    • Time: starting in Feb-April
  • Current & Ongoing: Make a report for the Core Board
    • Specific: Chair shared data from past survey about membership needs and trends
    • Time: 1 report in the Summer
  • Current: Connections with other Core Groups
    • Specific: Correspond with Advocacy Committee and the Access & Equity Section to build communication lines and support 
    • informally have reached out
    • Time: 3 months
  • Current: Guidance on conference location selections
    • Specific: Follow up on connection with Advocacy Committee 
    • Time: 6 months


Progress on Ongoing Work

  • Review Committee Annual Reports
    • reports identified and determining best way to review
  • Identify Member needs related to EDI topics
  • DEI directory Sustainability
    • will create a working group to pursue
  • Committee member(s) on the Core Strategic Plan working group to ensure DEIA is incorporated at all levels
    • Member participated in current update
  • Develop EDI related best practices for Core activities
    • working with Advocacy committee to bring one to the board

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?

  • Current & Ongoing: Review Committee Chair Reports
    • Specific: Review reports ….additional needs in order to identify trends, gaps, barriers, etc in the future
    • Measurable: EDI Trends and programming/projects identified in a document
    • Attainable: Chair has access to those submissions
    • Realistic: whole committee can contribute
    • Time: 2 months
  • Current & Ongoing: Make a report for the Core Board
    • Specific: Using data gathered from Committee Chair Reports & member surveys to identify wants/needs/gaps/barriers/challenges and present them to the Board and other Stakeholders (committee chair and section meetings). This also includes sharing topics of interest to IGs and Committees to encourage programming
    • Measurable: Create 2 reports per year & present to the Core Board and a section level meeting
    • Attainable: Amber can get Committee members/working group access to the committee form submissions
    • Realistic: Current chair is on Board and can present
    • Time: 1 report in the Spring & 1 report in the Summer/Fall
  • Current: Connections with other Core Groups
    • Specific: Correspond with Advocacy Committee and the Access & Equity Section to build communication lines and support
    • Measurable: Send message via ALA Connect to Advocacy Committee and the Access & Equity Section
    • Attainable: ALA Connect is available to all ALA members
    • Realistic: We have contact info 
    • Time: 3 months
  • Current: Guidance on conference location selections
    • Specific: Follow up on connection with Advocacy Committee 
    • Measurable: present recommendations to the board in spring
    • Attainable: Document is made and Advocacy Committee chair Identified 
    • Realistic: doc created and Advocacy chair is in contact
    • Time: 6 months
  • Current: Review DEI directory & create sustainability plan
    • Specific: check links in Directory and develop and workflow to ensure committee can review and keep directory usable and useful for members
    • Measurable: Documented sustainability plan 
    • Attainable: Directory is accessible and use data has been shared
    • Realistic: needs a working group
    • Time: 6 months

Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure, Membership and Value to Members, Not Applicable/Operational

How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

We have redesigned our charge based on committee feedback so as to not overwhelm committee or potential members and have streamlined current processes so committee only need to submit the standard report instead of having a separate report submitted to the D&I Committee


Submitted by Cara Calabrese on 02/19/2024

Digital Conversion Interest Group – December 2023 Report

Part of the Technology Section

The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
During ALA Annual, the Digital Conversion Interest Group held and in-person session. An agenda was prepared in advance, but the option to have open discussion was presented to encourage chat between attendees. During this time, we discusses vendor services, audio-visual conversion projects, and best practices for collections processing (specifically file organization). Many of the attendees were interested in grant resources to assist in funding future projects. Hopefully the interest group can begin to explore developing a toolkit as more interest arises.
Attendance: 15
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Second Activity
In December, the Digital Conversion Interest Group at a virtual meeting to discuss successes and challenges in 2023 as an end of year wrap-up. Additionally, I opened the discussion about Interest Group Week. The goal was to ask the community about the topics that they would like to see at our session. The meeting yielded the following ideas: How do I follow imaging standard from the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI)?, How do I customize or build workflows for projects?, Project management as it relates to digitization., and successes with developing scripts and using command line tools.
Attendance: 3
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Our group will be hosting a session at CORE Interest Group Week. Additionally, we will be deciding whether to host an in-person meeting at ALA Annual in San Diego or a virtual meeting in the weeks before the conference. Our potential incoming chair is not able to attend ALA Annual in-person, so I think that a virtual meeting would be best. This will allow them to fully engage with the group in advance of the leadership transition.

Additional comments or concerns:
At this time, I do have a person that is interested in taking over as chair of the Digital Conversion IG in the next cycle. Their name is Marissa Bischoff. They can be contacted at marissa_bischoff@byu.edu.

Submitted by Bethann Rea on 02/07/2024

Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Committee – December 2023 Report

Part of the Technology Section

The group met 0 times this quarter.

Committee Work

Summary of work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months

Committee work will begin in the spring.

Progress on Goal Assigned in the Strategic Plan

Committee work will begin in the spring.


Progress on Deliverables

Deliverables will be in the spring.


Progress on Ongoing Work

There is no ongoing work at this time.

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?

Committee work will be in the spring.

Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition

How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

Our committee work contributes to DEI by bringing into the profession by means of scholarship award.

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
n/a

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
n/a


Additional comments or concerns:
n/a

Submitted by Regina Beach-Bertin on 02/06/2024

Fundraising and Sponsorships Committee – December 2023 Report



The group met 4-6 times this quarter.

Committee Work

Summary of work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months

Committee members also met in small groups in the past six months to work on specific projects.

Progress on Goal Assigned in the Strategic Plan

Strategic Goal: Secure enough funding for more than one LIFT award per year; ensure all other opportunities are funded.

Core Forum was a great success and the fundraising committee obtained enough funding to allow this conference to move forward.  We are actively working with OCLC to rework their annual scholarship to include a research project and a visit to OCLC.  We are also working with Lyrasis on collaborative efforts.


Progress on Deliverables

At the end of June 2024, the Committee will

  • Complete the development of sponsorship maintenance program that address all topics in the development cycle for each ALA year
  • Complete the development of a master spreadsheet or online database that tracks donors and sponsors activities throughout the year, until this type of infrastructure is available from ALA Development or IT office.


Progress on Ongoing Work

  • Raise enough funds to cover Core activities at ALA Annual, the Core Forum, and online workshops for calendar year 2024.

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?

  • Input and update existing sponsor and donor activities into master spreadsheet. The operational spreadsheet is current up through June 2023. Latest information received from Core office in Dec 2023 that will be synchronized in the first quarter of 2024. Augmnentation of available information will take place in the second quarter of 2024 that includes assessment of the bundling/portfolio approach.
  • Complete prototyping of a sponsor and donor activities database.
  • First document “Talking points with potential sponsors” that is part of the sponsor and donor maintenance program will be completed by Feb 2024.
  • Develop checklist for maintaining ongoing sponsor and donor relationship with Core as part of the sponsor and donor maintenance program.
  • Identify the financial needs of Core’a OA journal publications, Preservation Section and Scholarship and Awards. If a response from the two committees and one section is  not received by the end of January, chairs will follow up in February
  • Solidify partnership with OCLC and Lyrasis by April 2024; create document and assessment framework for 2024-2025 implementation.
  • Assist Core office and leadership in solicitation of top tier sponsors.
  • Promote any additional sponsorship opportunities using contacts drawn from the existing spreadsheet (see above) or new contacts.
  • Provide feedback on the final version of an updated media kit and prospectus Core office put together for 2024 sponsorships activities.

Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition

How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

Raising funds for scholarships allows people from members with diverse backgrounds, including financial means to attend Core activities.  Online workshops provide a similar opportunity, thus increasing the diversity of member participation.

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Continue to advocate ALA Development and IT offices to provide online database software and support.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
“Fundraising Fundamentals” “Develop Your Library’s Story”

Submitted by Joseph Yue on 01/29/2024

Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group – December 2023 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Planning for the 2024 Coffee Talks: Informal gatherings to discuss a pre-selected topic related to collection evaluation and assessment.

Friday, February 2, 2024: Coffee Talk (Topic: Welcome to the Core Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group!)
Friday, April 5, 2024: Coffee Talk (Topic: Evaluating Collections for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility)
Friday, June 7, 2024: Coffee Talk (Topic: Working with Collection Analysis Tools)
Friday, August 2, 2024: Coffee Talk (Topic: Conference Circuit Debrief)
October 4, 2024: Coffee Talk (Topic: Project Management for Collection Assessment)
December 6, 2024: Coffee Talk (Topic: End of Year Celebration and Reflection)
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

Second Activity
Planning the Collections Data Visualization Show n Tell
Friday, March 22, 2024

An event for peers across the profession to share their visualizations and engage in conversation.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
See event schedule above.

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Thank you for your flexibility and patience as the the Interest Group started the term without co-chairs.

Submitted by Arthur Aguilera on 01/17/2024

Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group – December 2023 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
We volunteer to co-chair this group in late 2023 and we don't know what activities the group had prior. We volunteered because the group lacked leadership.
During November – December 2023 we were planning a webinar for February and a program for IG virtual week.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
– Core Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging webinar, February 23, 2 pm ET
– IG week participation in March
– ALA annual in person participation in July.

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Better communication during the transition period.

Submitted by Sofia Slutskaya on 01/12/2024