Technology and Access Committee

Charge

The Technology and Access Committee (TAC) works with the LITA Board, LITA Interest Groups and other ALA units to encourage a broad social and technical perspective on the effects of information technologies on freedom and equality of access to information. The committee focuses on the legal, design, and access issues of information. The committee may explore 1) the technological aspects of new information technologies which may increase or decrease access; 2) the distribution models within which the technology is deployed; 3) the economic, technological and political control of information; 4) legislation which may impact access to information and 5) confidentiality of personal data and access to data. The OITP is an important source of information for the TAC, and the LITA Liaison to OITP will be an ex officio TAC member.

The committee will publicize and help inform LITA members about such issues through LITA communication channels, program development, co-sponsorship of programs with other LITA groups and ALA divisions, and other strategies devised by the committee.

The Technology and Access Committee Chair and/or members also serve as LITA Representative to the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and to the Freedom to Read Foundation. The LITA Representative to each group will report action items and items of relevance to LITA to the LITA President and Executive Director, as well as the TAC.

Charge adopted, 25 January, 2012

Roster

Mark M. Adler (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2015)
Lauren Pressley (Committe Chair Coordinator, July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015)
Mary Taylor (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)

Displaying active committee roster as of 09/21/2014. Last retrieved on 09/21/2014. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

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

Origin

If anyone can contribute information about the history of this committee, send it to LITA's Web Coordinating Committee at litaweb@ala.org.

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

Valerie Edmonds-Merritt
Phone: (312) 280-4269
E-mail:  vedmonds@ala.org