Membership Development Committee


To promote membership in LITA by designing and implementing programs and activities to attract new members, retain current members and promote the active participation of all members. To serve as LITA liaison to the ALA membership committee. To design activities that will foster the development of leadership skills for LITA leaders. To advise the LITA board of directors on policies relating to membership and dues, and on the development of promotional materials and activities. To assist the committee chair coordinator and interest group coordinator by providing documentation and defining expectations for the roles of committee and IG chairs.


Rev. Donald W. Lemke (Chair, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Christina L. Biles (Member, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009)
Michael R. Bolam (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Diane Butler (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Ms. Kay A. Flowers (Member, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009)
Mike Sainsbury (Member, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009)
Ms. Kari A. Swanson (Member, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009)
Ann M. Tenglund (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Jenna Venker Weidenbenner (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Jenna Venker Weidenbenner (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2012)
Samantha S. Yeung (Virtual Member, July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2009)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to May 1, 2015)

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Membership shall include one LITA Board member and four to eight members from the division at large.


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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

Mark Beatty
Phone: (312) 280-4268