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.