International Relations Committee


To develop ways in which LITA can complement or otherwise add to ALA's international policy objectives, focusing specifically on the use of library technology to encourage the free flow of information and documents worldwide. To educate LITA members in international matters. To work with us, foreign and international bodies with shared interests in library technology. To encourage LITA participation (collective and individual) in international conferences and other related activities. To assist the LITA board of directors in identifying knowledgeable individuals qualified to serve as representatives of the division at meetings of international organizations.


Mr. Jason J. Battles (Chair, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Mr. Fagdeba Adjola Bakoyema (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2012)
Zinthia Briceno-Rosa 24287 2 Briceno-Rosales (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Mark A. Dehmlow (Member, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012)
Aysegul Kapucu (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Melissa Lamont (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Ms. Cory Lampert (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Tracey Thompson (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 18, 2012)
Evviva R. Weinraub (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2012)
Karen J. Starr (Board Liaison, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2004, to May 1, 2015)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2013)
Melissa Prentice (Staff Liaison, March 24, 2010, to June 30, 2013)
Mary Taylor (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2013)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2011. Last retrieved on 04/28/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


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


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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).

Staff Liaison

Mary Taylor 
Phone: (312) 280-4267