Assessment and Research Committee


The Assessment and Research Committee serves as the research arm for LITA and advises the LITA Board on recommendations based on data from reports and trends over time. Specific tasks include: to create structures that are implemented across LITA for the gathering of data; to perform environmental scans that inform the development and implementation of strategic plans; to create and execute an assessment calendar; to collect metrics of activity and demographic data from committees and interest groups; to maintain historical data; to analyze collected data and post survey results to the LITA website.


Dr. Ashley Ruth Lierman (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Kyle Denlinger (Vice-Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Holbrook H. Sample (Past-Chairperson, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Lee Burchfield (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Elisandro Cabada (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Laura Costello (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Lynne E. Edgar (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Christina Mae Geuther (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Scott Hanrath (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Lisa Hanson O'Hara (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ronald A. Peterson (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Tim Ryan Ream (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Jennifer Reiswig (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Christopher Lawton (Board Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Jenny Levine (LITA Executive Director, August 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 09/25/2017. Last retrieved on 09/25/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.



The Assessment and Research Committee typically consists of about 10 members, appointed from LITA membership.  Committee members serve 2 year terms and are led by the committee chair.


The Assessment and Research Committee began as a task force in 2006. The Spring 2006 Executive/Budget Review Committee Minutes note the initial proposal for the task force was submitted by Bonnie Postlethwaite, LITA President. "Reviewed a proposal from Bonnie to establish a Research Task Force charged with 'recommending an ongoing implementation and evaluation/assessment plan for LITA’s strategic initiatives and membership activities to inform decisions for future planning and resource allocation and to determine the success of current programs and initiatives.'" The June 23, 2006 LITA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes state, "The Task Force is charged with identifying where in the organizational structure to incorporate assessment of what we are doing. A report is due at Midwinter." At the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the group submitted their Assessment and Research Task Force Final Report.

Get Involved

LITA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on this committee. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee, be able to participate in Committee meetings when scheduled, e.g., Annual Conferences, Midwinter Meetings, or other times of the year as needed and, be able to contribute to the activities of the committee Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out the application form. Generally, appointments take place once a year, during the spring. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1, for two year terms. Exceptions to this include the LITA National Forum Planning Committee (18 months before the Forum through the December after the Forum), the Nominating Committee (18 months before the election through the election) and, the Awards and Scholarships committees (one year terms).