Web Committee

DATE: 3 Jan. 2009

NAME OF THE COMMITTEE: Web Committee

MEMBER ROSTER:
* 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:

Web Committee

  • 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.
  • We worked with the Membership Committee to set up a special taskforce to investigate and implement a full-featured membership management system.

Webmaster

 

 

  • Updated CALA webpages as requested.
  • Job posting
    • Created 33 paid advertisements on the CALA website under CALA Library Job Line, with a gross revenue of $5273 generated for CALA.

Listserv administrator

 

 

 

  • 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 (calaboard@cala-web.org)

 

LIST COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, IF ANY, TO THE BOARD:

  • Switch 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 ones are:
    • Security concerns - Part of the CALA website was compromised recently (some JavaScript code was inserted into some 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 feature.