Assessment and Research Committee


The Assessment and Research Committee serves as the research arm for LITA and communicates information and analyses to the Board, the membership, and the general public. ARC also provides consulting on data collection and assessment to other LITA committees and task forces. Such services may include help with survey design, choices related to assessment instruments, selection of metrics, etc.


Lee Burchfield (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Elisandro Cabada (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Lynne E. Edgar (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Lisa Hanson O'Hara (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Laura Catherine Pascual (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ronald A. Peterson (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Jennifer Reiswig (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020)
Jenny Levine (Staff Liaison, August 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2018. Last retrieved on 06/20/2018. 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).