Top Technology Trends Committee


To organize the Top Technology Trends events held at ALA conferences, select participants to name the trends, manage online discussions and meetings, finalize results, and help with follow-up activities. The Top Technology Trends will be used to plan programs and publications.


Ms. Emily Morton-Owens (Chair, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Mark Patrick Baggett (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Laurie Bridges (Member, July 1, 2014, to October 1, 2015)
Clara Brown (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Emily Elizabeth Clasper (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
J. Gabriel Gossett (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Mr. Ernesto Hernandez, JR. (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Kevin Herrera (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Bohyun Kim (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Hong Ma (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Bohyun Kim (Board Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to May 1, 2015)
Lauren Pressley (Committe Chair Coordinator, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2014. Last retrieved on 04/21/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


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

Current Call for Panelists

The committee is currently seeking nominations for panelists for the 2018 ALA Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends program in Denver, CO!  You may nominate yourself or someone you know who would be a great addition to the panel of speakers.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
LITA’s Top Trends Program has traditionally been one of the most popular programs at ALA. Each panelist discusses two trends in technology impacting libraries and engages in a moderated discussion with each other and the audience.
Submit your nominations at
The LITA Top Tech Trends Committee will review each submission and select panelists based on their proposed trends, experience, and overall balance to the panel. Submission Guidelines can be found at


The Top Technology Trends Committee was formed in 1998 and held its first meeting at the 1999 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  The 1998-99 LITA Annual Report notes, “With its new Top Technology Trends Committee and panel of experts, LITA reaffirms its position as the country's preeminent association for professionals working with information technologies. “  The report also states, the group will consist of LITA leaders, “acknowledged for their reputations and expertise in our field,” who will identify technology trends librarians should track.  The report also emphasizes the strategic importance of this group to LITA as it identifies trends that will influence National Forum programming, LITA publications, programming and other LITA initiatives.

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).