3 Jan. 2009
NAME OF THE COMMITTEE:
* Bin Zhang (Co-Chair) Listserv Owner
* Vincci Kwong (Co-Chair) Webmaster
* Xi Chen
* Sai Deng
* Daniel Xiao
* Songqian Lu
* Katherine Sun
IS THIS AN Interim or annual REPORT? _X_Interim __Annual
LIST SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE SINCE LAST REPORT:
Launched the redesigned CALA website after the 2008 annual meeting in Anaheim.
We checked to make sure no broken link is found on CALA website.
We checked to make sure all content is migrated correctly.
worked with the Membership Committee to set up a special taskforce to
investigate and implement a full-featured membership management system.
Updated CALA webpages as requested.
- Created 33 paid advertisements on the CALA website under CALA Library Job Line,
with a gross revenue of $5273 generated for CALA.
- Maintained and moderated the CALA listserv. There are, as of December 31, 2008, there are 651 subscribers.
- Maintained special listserv for the current Board members (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LIST COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, IF ANY, TO THE BOARD:
to a new web/listserv hosting plan, before the current plan expires on
29 April, 2009. The committee plan to start investigate options right
after the mid-winter meeting. There are a number of reasons for the
seeking alternative web hosting plans, but two of the most important
- Security concerns - Part of the CALA website
pages). While we do not know for sure what the source of the
compromise was, we hoped the hosting company could help us to identify
the source, and that changing the way web pages are updated from the
current "plain" ftp, which transmits ftp userid and password over the
network without any encryption, to a more secure file transfer
mechanisms (such as Secure FTP or SSH), would definitely reduce the
chances of such compromises from happening again in the future.
However the web hosting company was not willing to help us investigate
or identify the source of the problem, nor did they offer any secure
data transfer features.
- Listserv - The current CALAList is
hosted by the web hosting company using a mailing list management
system called EZMLM. While it stores past list postings (archives), it
does not provide a web-based interface to the archive. In order to
retrieve the archive, users will have to send a number of EZMLM
commands via e-mail to get a list of subject lines of past postings,
and use the posting ID to send another command via email to retrieve
the archive. This has made the archive practically unusable by CALA
members. This problem could be easily addressed if the hosting company
is willing. EZMLM plugins do exist to provide web-based archives
access. Again, the hosting company was not willing to add this