Technology Leadership Team – December 2023 Report

The group met 6+ times this quarter.

Activities

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

Most of our work during the first six months was administrative in nature as we onboarded new members, made sure our interest groups and committees were set up, and brainstormed plans/goals for the year.

Administrative activities included the following:

  • Onboarded new Leadership Team members
  • Assigned liaisons to each section interest group and committee
  • Held initial meetings with interest group and committee chairs
  • Identified a vice-chair for the Leadership Team
  • Developed the first-ever Technology Section Handbook
  • Identified a representative from the section membership to serve on the Kilgour Award Project Team

We made progress on some learning-related activities as well, including:

Sponsored the “AI and Machine Learning: Transforming the Modern Campus” webinar with presenters from AWS. 

In consultation with Core staff, released a call for submissions for webinar and classroom presenters on technology-related topics.

Progress on Assigned Goal
Membership and Value to Members – Focus on section-level membership and relationship-building

  • Sought volunteers to increase participation from the membership
  • Shared opportunities to contribute knowledge and experience through both presentations (i.e., webinars) and publications (i.e., ITAL)
  • Met with section IG chairs to coordinate efforts and share ideas for engaging members
  • Began planning to establish a Data & Analytics Interest Group

Career Building and Recognition – Survey library managers to determine where new library staff require the most initial training/support within first six months of position to determine future continuing education ideas.

  • No progress; our assumption is that a survey would be coordinated at the division level

Progress on Deliverables

  • Leadership and ongoing communication both within the section and between the section and Core leadership/other sections
  • Attended monthly section leader meetings; presented a “Section of the Month” segment
  • Annual plan for section content development and projects
  • Conducted initial planning for an annual work plan
  • Appointments to section committees as needed
  • Appointed vice chairs for the Leadership Team and Emerging Technology Trends Committee
  • Recommendations for representatives to ALA groups and/or external groups, as needed
  • Sought volunteers and appointed a section representative to the Kilgour Award Project Team
  • Drafting or modifying of charges for section committees as needed
  • None

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Identify future committee opportunities within the section in order to increase member participation and increase membership value.
Establish one or more project teams to address member needs, including around AI and technology competencies.
Establish a new Data & Analytics Interest Group by March.
Plan and execute a virtual open house for Technology Section members in May.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure, 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?
We are working to open up more volunteer opportunities within the section by identifying project team, committee, and interest group opportunities within the section.

Improvements: Within the section, we should examine opportunities to directly advance DEIAJB efforts, perhaps focusing on areas more directly related to technology such as accessibility, privacy, and sustainability.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
We’ve begun discussing potential project teams. One around identifying/establishing technology competencies might lead to potential professional development programming for the section to address those competencies.

Please describe anything you need to bring to the Core for discussion or action at their next meeting:
Nothing known at this time

Submitted by David Dahl on 12/29/2023

Technology Leadership Team – May 2023 Report


The group met 6+ times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Participated in the Core Volunteer Fair and encouraged the IGs in the Technology section to participate in IG week.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Second Activity
Created a charge for the new committee, Emerging Technology Trends, which is a merger of the Emerging Trends committee and the Top Tech Trends committee. The charge was passed on to the Core Bylaws committee and voted on by the Board. The proposal passed and has been updated for the next appointment cycle on IMiS and the Core website.

The Federated Authentication Committee was removed from the Technology Section.

Appointments have been made for the Tech Section's Leadership team (both people appointed accepted) and for the Emerging Tech Trends (1 person declined, but the rest accepted). Also sending out Thank you emails to the members of both TTT and Emerging Trends committees along with information on how the appointments will move forward with the new, single committee.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure

Third Activity
We reviewed the proposals for Core Forum for the Technology Section.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Fourth Activity
Consolidated feedback from our townhouse meetings, volunteer fair and other engagements with the Core Technology Section members. Identified 3 items to potentially take action on:
1) Send out a monthly email to tech section between the monthly report Jenny Levine sends out
2) Set up a networking/professional development opportunity
2a) where folks could brainstorm on topics and share information that could lead to a development of a panel, course, or blog post.
2b) Pick specific topics for each.
2c) Timing could be quarterly or when calls go out for forum and annual
3) Ask on Connect “What session topics would you like to learn more about?”

We did both 2 and 3. We held the brainstorming session on Mar. 14th which we believe led to more proposals being submitted from the tech section for Forum.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Fifth Activity
Started pursuing multiple opportunities to share information about AI as it is an emerging technology.
– Contacted ITAL editors and have begun work on setting up a special issue devoted to AI
– Reached out for folks to present on AI at conferences or to give webinars
– Contacted the AI IG for greater involvement
– Have had 2 vendors volunteer to give webinars, AWS and Galicia Group
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
We'll continue to pursue bringing AI educational opportunities to the Core membership.

We'll be planning our session at ALA Annual and for Core 101.

We'll be transitioning as a committee. Two members are rolling off (Kelly Sattler and Fen Lu) and two new members will be joining (Anne Slaughter and Emily Clasper). David Dahl will be the new chair and a vice-chair will be selected in July.

Also, pursuing more of the 3 ideas listed in our 4th activity.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
We have received great support from Core in the work we're doing.

Submitted by Kelly Sattler on 06/07/2023

Technology Leadership Team – December 2022 Report


The group met 6+ times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Held an "Open House" for the members of Core to learn more about the Technology Section and its offerings.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Second Activity
Held a meeting for all the chairs of the IG's and Committees in the Technology section to offer support, answer questions, and engage
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure, Membership and Value to Members

Third Activity
Participated in Leadership meetings for Core
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure, Membership and Value to Members

Fourth Activity
Reviewed the Technology Section's committees for potential and actual vendor representation
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure

Fifth Activity
Provided technology links for the monthly newsletter
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
– We're looking into combining the Top Technology Trends committee and the Emerging Trends committee.
– We will be recruiting volunteers and assigning volunteers to committees.
– We're committed to doing quarterly meetings with the chairs of the IG's and committees.
– Follow up on the Accessibility and Usability committee. See it created.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
The Accessibility and Usability committee was proposed over 6 months ago. It would have been great to have seen action taken on that proposal by now.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Communication seems to be the biggest hurdle within Core. Therefore, perhaps more workshops or promotions on how to set communication preferences within Connect, how to use Connect, and possibly finding other options for communication that work better than Connect?

Submitted by Kelly Sattler on 12/15/2022

Technology Leadership Team – May2022 Report


The group met 6+ times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The Technology Section Leadership Team held a Virtual Spring Event on May 6, 2022. We gave a 20- minute presentation on all the activities of the section as well as promoted Core-wide activities such as submitting proposals for a book or articles to ITAL to be published, or submitting presentation proposals to Core Forum. We hosted several breakout rooms after the presentation. One breakout room dedicated to asking questions about Core and the Core Board was very popular. In another room we gathered feedback on a Miro board about what people found valuable within the Tech Section over the past year and would like to see continue. The Leadership Team in the process of writing up a document of recommendations from the event.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Continuing Education, Membership and Engagement

Second Activity
The Technology Section Leadership Team and the Access & Equity Section Leadership Team finalized the charge for the Digital Accessibility and Usability Committee (https://www.ala.org/core/member-center/committees/digital-accessibility-and-usability-committee) and forwarded this to the Core Board to be voted on. It was voted on and created in April/May and appointments are in the process of being made.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Continuing Education, Membership and Engagement

Third Activity
In addition to the Technology Section Leadership Team, the section has three other teams. The Federated Authentication Committee (https://www.ala.org/core/member-center/sections/technology/federated-authentication-committee) is a new committee that was created after the Project Team finished their work last year. The Emerging Trends Committee (https://www.ala.org/core/member-center/sections/technology/emerging-trends-committee) has a list of four projects they are working on, including writing up a highlight of emerging technologies for Core and working with Jenny Levine on the Core sandbox. The Top Tech Trends Committee (https://www.ala.org/core/member-center/committees/top-technology-trends) sent out a call for panelists for their program at ALA Annual and will be finalizing that event soon.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

Fourth Activity
We have been hard at work making committee appointments for the coming year. We have also been working with the incoming Core President to make sure people who only wanted to volunteer with the technology section have been placed.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
We will be reviewing Core Forum proposals and recommending 8 presentations for the Technology track. We will have 3 new committee members in July that we will need to onboard with the Tech Section Leadership Team. Finally, we are looking at recommendations from the Virtual Spring Event and will be discussing running the virtual event more regularly in the future.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No. When we had questions, we scheduled time to talk with someone in the Core Office or invited Jenny Levine to our Leadership committee meetings.

Submitted by Amy Swartz on 05/31/2022

Technology Leadership Team – December 2021 Report


The group met 6+ times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The Authentication Project Team was formed to examine the current set of technologies for providing access to licensed resources, with particular attention to personalization, privacy, and analytics. They submitted their final report (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hVP9BARdqJcMMpMbPl7g7SrOZuM8NX8zGC81abjB0Pk/edit?usp=sharing) with recommendations and then drafted a charge for a new committee on Federated Authentication and Libraries Committee (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FaPdoRlXJdMojXdFPpcu-0F8od-wdpiAILi_i0G782A/edit?usp=sharing)
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Continuing Education

Second Activity
The Technology Section Leadership Team finalized the Expectations of Core Technology Section Leadership document (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kh7q49G8Y9yZNEEPLMy1FrhoiQehFRlrwZ1J0fg-UZ0/edit?usp=sharing)
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

Third Activity
The Technology Section Leadership Team is planning an online Technology Section event in the Spring. A survey is currently being created to help determine how we will scope the event and align with member needs and interests.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

Fourth Activity
In addition to the Technology Section Leadership Team, the section has two other teams. The Emerging Trends Committee is getting started in establishing their charge and role within the Technology Section. They recently brainstormed project ideas and have narrowed it down to 2-3 projects to focus on for 2022. The Top Tech Trends Committee is planning the flagship program at ALA Annual and discussing other opportunities to hold the program online.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

Fifth Activity
The Technology Section Leadership Team met with the members of the Access & Equity section to draft the charge for a new Digital Accessibility and Usability Committee within Core. Once that is finalized and approved by the Core Board of Directors, a call for membership will go out.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Continuing Education, Membership and Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
We’ll be finalizing charges for the new committees, finalizing plans and hosting the online event for the Technology Section, and supporting our committees in their work. In addition, we’ll be going through the annual appointment process to fill vacancies on our committees.

Is there anything LITA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No. When we had questions, we scheduled time to talk with someone in the Core Office during their Thursday office hours. The availability of this service was helpful in answering our questions.

Submitted by Amy Swartz on 01/31/2022