Education Committee


To encourage education programs (including academic continuing education and staff development programs) relating to library and information technology by identifying topics where there is a need for education and bringing to the attention of LITA committees and interest groups, and the library and information technology education community in general, the need for programs related to such topics. To encourage research on education matters pertaining to technological subjects. To identify educational opportunities and programs in library information and technology and to disseminate this information. To research, propose, and monitor LITA's web-based educational offerings. To monitor issues related to education and continuing education for librarians and assist the LITA board of directors in preparing the LITA position and response as necessary. To develop criteria for LITA awards and scholarships, as opportunities arise.


Debra S. Shapiro (LITA Education Acquisitions Editor, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021)
Cinthya Ippoliti (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Steven W. Pryor, II (Vice-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Katherine Kimball Adelberg (Past-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. James L. Adams (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mr. Jason Bengtson (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Cynthia Fisher (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Joanna Messer Kimmitt (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Margaret Mellinger (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Holbrook H. Sample (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Frank J. Skornia (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Alexandra Williams (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Christopher Lawton (Board Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020)
Jenny Levine (Staff Liaison, June 30, 2015, to July 1, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 08/17/2018. Last retrieved on 08/17/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Education Committee typically consists of about 15 members, appointed from LITA membership.  Committee members serve 2 year terms and are led by the committee chair. The Education Committee Chair also serves as the LITA Representative to the ALA Education Committee. Alternatively, the Chair may officially appoint a committee member to serve as the LITA Representative. The Chair will notify the LITA Office with the name of the LITA Representative to the ALA Education Committee so that all rosters and distribution lists can be updated. Action items and items of relevance to LITA are to be reported by the LITA Rep to the LITA President and Executive Director.

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).